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Written by Suzan-Lori Parks
September 29 – October 22, 2023

The Color Purple

JULY 28 – AUGUST 20, 2023

Based on Alice Walker’s novel
Written by Marsha Norman
Music & lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, & Stephen Bray

The musical adaptation of The Color Purple features awe-inspiring soul, gospel, jazz, and blues vocals underpinned by raw dialogue and a masterful plot. It is a triumphant, uplifting piece of art that reaffirms some fundamental truths: that Black is beautiful, that women are powerful, and that love is love.

A Raisin in the Sun

August 25 – September 24, 2023

Written by Lorraine Hansberry
in the Black Box Theatre

Set on Chicago’s South Side, Lorraine Hansberry’s celebrated play concerns the divergent dreams and conflicts in three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena.

When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. Hansberry’s portrait of one family’s struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.

Father Comes Home from the Wars, Part 1, 2 &3

September 29 – October 22, 2023

Written by Suzan-Lori Parks

Father Comes Home From the Wars is an explosively powerful drama about the mess of war, the cost of freedom, and the heartbreak of love, with all three parts seen in one night. Part 1 introduces us to Hero. In Part 2, a band of rebel soldiers test Hero’s loyalty as the cannons approach. Part 3 finds Hero’s loved ones anxiously awaiting his return.

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