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  Voice Of Good Hope at City Lit Theater

Voice Of Good Hope

City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue Chicago

A dramatic portrait of Barbara Jordan, the first African American congresswoman to be elected from the Deep South. The play follows Jordan from her childhood in Houston's Fifth Ward through her receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton, and deals with her pivotal role on the House Judiciary Committee during its hearings concerning the possible impeachment of President Richard Nixon, her complex political relationship with Texas power broker Robert Strauss, her struggle with muscular dystrophy, and her twenty-year relationship with Nancy Earl, her companion and occasional speechwriter, and ultimately her caregiver. The play premiered at Victory Gardens Theater in 2000 and has been produced from New York to San Francisco in the years since then.

Thru - Feb 23, 2020

Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 7:30pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Price: $27-$32

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-293-3682

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Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...The opening monologue in “Voice of Good Hope” comes from Jordan’s July 25, 1974, speech on the impeachment proceedings of Richard M. Nixon. Thatcher doesn’t waste exposition explaining when or where we are; she allows Jordan’s own words to do that. Those words, delivered with ardent eloquence by Andrea Conway-Diaz, don’t sound almost 50 years old. In director Terry McCabe’s staging for City Lit Theater, they sound like now."
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Catey Sullivan

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Andrea Conway-Diaz plays a spirited and headstrong Jordan; moments where she struggles to overcome illness (Jordan had multiple sclerosis for decades) are particularly touching. A rollicking scene with Paul Chakrin as a charming Robert Strauss (a fellow Texan and chair of the Democratic National Committee) illustrates the jockeying leading to one of the most controversial and defining moments of Jordan's career, exploring the moral muck Black politicians must navigate when attempting to create change from within the depths of the political machine. Jordan's worldview may leave the audience wistful for a time when more politicians tried to strictly let reason rule above emotion, yet even sage Jordan, left with her regrets, muses: "Where do you put your anger?""
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Sheri Flanders

Around The Town Chicago - Recommended

"...Andrea Conway-Diaz transforms herself into former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan right before our eyes in Kristine Thatcher’s poignant bio-drama “Voice of Good Hope.” This memorable performance must be seen, if only to witness just how well Conway-Diaz captures Jordan’s voice, demeanor, subtleties of body language, and increasing disability."
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Julia W. Rath

NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...The audience will find some knowledge of the career of Barbara Jordan helpful in connecting to "Voice of Good Hope." But until this country's education system begins to spend the imperative time and energy on the history of all Americans, we must beg our education where we may."
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Aaron Hunt

Picture This Post - Recommended

"...Those born long after Jordan’s time will likely need to come armed with a deep interest and appreciation for history, that will let you better appreciate the meat of Thatcher’s script. If you too were alive in Jordan’s time, and cherish memories of her towering stature, even from wheelchair height, just come knowing this play is anything but an entertaining escape from today’s headlines."
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Amy Munice

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