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Freedom Ride

The Studebaker Theater
410 S. Michigan Ave Chicago

When the Congress of Racial Equality comes to New Orleans in the sweltering summer of 1961, Sylvie Davenport is torn. Handed a pamphlet and asked to board a Greyhound bus, Sylvie is forced to choose between her academic future and the future of the nation in a story that highlights how far we've come and how far we still have left to go. Tazewell Thompson (Blue, Jubilee) directs Cardiff prize winner Lauren Michelle in this world premiere commission by Dan Shore, developed at Xavier University with the activists who lived the history. Staley Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya conducts the critically acclaimed Chicago Sinfonietta.

Thru - Feb 16, 2020

Show Type: Drama

  Freedom Ride Reviews
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Chicago On the Aisle - Recommended

"...On the one hand, Dan Shore’s opera “Freedom Ride,” now in its world premiere run by Chicago Opera Theater, feels like a simplistic gloss on a turbulent and violent time that is more talked about than evoked. On the other hand, the work’s uncomplicated directness possesses its own fetching appeal, and it echoes through Shore’s gospel-inspired music, front to finish."
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Lawrence B. Johnson

WTTW - Highly Recommended

"...Tazewell Thompson, the widely acclaimed director and dramatist, has deployed his uniformly excellent cast with the same impressive clarity, concision and realism Shore has brought to his (fictional but truth-based) libretto and rousing score, with minimalist but effective sets by Donald Eastman, lighting by Robert Wierzel, projections by Rasean Davonte Johnson, and mostly black and white costumes by Harry Nadal."
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Hedy Weiss

Picture This Post - Highly Recommended

"...Chicago Opera Theater’s Freedom Ride –on so many levels— has the feeling of history. We learned from the opening announcement there were Freedom Riders among us in the audience. How fortunate for all of us to be reminded of their work in these times when profiles in cowardice rule our days. For anyone who has logged a moment or more in one or another struggle for social justice, Freedom Ride is a poignant reminder of what brought you to the dance."
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Amy Munice

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