Chicago Theatre

Eight Plays By and About Chicago


This course was available in the past and may be presented again as part of the Open Enrollment curriculum.

What do the playwrights Tracy Letts, Lorraine Hansberry, Bertolt Brecht, David Auburn, Rohina Malik, Keith Huff, August Wilson, and Joe Mantegna have in common? They have all written plays set in Chicago and many of these writers are also native to the Midwest. In examining Superior Donuts, A Raisin in the Sun, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Proof, Yasmina’s Necklace, A Steady Rain, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Bleacher Bums, we will also be examining our windy city and why it has inspired so much extraordinary talent. Each week we will read a different play and then discuss that play in terms of its historical background as well as its local intrigue.


Online registration deadline: Thursday, Sept 22 at 5 pm CT.

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