Court Theatre Extends SEVEN GUITARS Through Feb 16

Allen Gilmore (Hedley) was last seen at Court Theatre in The Misanthrope as the villainess Arsinoe and Tartuffe as Madame Pernelle, both directed by Charles Newell. Other Court credits include Turnbo in Jitney, the title role in Sizwe Banzi Is Dead (Jeff, BTA nominations), both directed by Ron OJ Parson, the title role in Cyrano, Hamm in Endgame, and M. Argante in Scapin. Recently he performed in Accidental Death of an Anarchist at Yale Rep and will again in the spring at Berkeley Rep. Allen is a proud artistic associate of Next Theatre and a proud ensemble member of Congo Square Theatre Company.

Jerod Haynes (Canewell) was born and raised on Chicago's South Side and makes Court Theatre his debut in Seven Guitars. He was most recently seen in TimeLine Theatre's production of A Raisin in the Sun directed by Ron O.J. Parson. Other theater credits include Columbinus (2013) at ATC Theater. He also played the role of Tom Robinson in Milwaukee Reparatory Theater's production of To Kill a Mockingbird. Other theatre credits include Chicago's ETA Theatre in their productions of Contribution and Greensboro 4: Downpayment on Manhood. Jerod has spent time in the UK where he studied at the British American Drama Academy (BADA). He also finished the entire training program at the Acting Studio Chicago.

Erynn Mackenzie (Ruby) makes her debut at Court in Seven Guitars. She attended Indiana University and majored in Theatre and Psychology. Theatre credits include Ma Rainey's Black Bottom with Actor's Theatre of Lousiville and Milwaukee Repertory Theratre, Raisin in the Sun and A Lesson Before Dying with West Side Theatre Guild, Hair and Rocky Horror Picture Show with Dunes Summer Theatre in Michigan City, The Darkest Pit at Prop Theatre, Strings Attached at Viaduct Theatre, The Vagina Monologues at Star Plaza Theatre, and several others. Film credits include Heirloom, The Gilded Six Bits, Prodigy, Comes To Shove, Rain, All About The Ring, and her own short film project titled A Chance Encounter.

Kelvin Roston, Jr. (Floyd Barton) returns to the Court Theatre where he had previously appeared as Jim in Porgy and Bess and Sylvester in Ma Rainy's Black Bottom. Other Chicago credits include Detroit '67 (Northlight Theatre), Dreamgirls (Marriott Lincolnshire), Crowns (Goodman Theatre), The Jackie Wilson Story (Black Ensemble-Jeff nomination, BTAA winner, Black Excellence Award winner), The Ole Settler (Writers'), Pill Hill (eta Creative Arts Foundation-BTAA winner). Regional and international credits include Dreamgirls (Theatre Orb [Tokyo, Japan], Festival Hall [Osaka, Japan], Fulton [Lancaster, PA], Maine State Music Theatre [Brunswick, ME]), Ruined and Death and the King's Horseman (St. Louis Black Rep), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (HotCity), Mama (Unity), Beowulf (Metro), and many others. Kelvin is an artistic associate at Congo Square, represented by Paonessa Talent and a proud member of AEA.

Ebony Wimbs (Vera) returns to Court after last performing here in The First Breeze of Summer. Other Chicago credits include TimeLine, Mary-Archie, Goodman, Eclipse Theatre, Victory Gardens, MPAACT, and Sinnerman Ensemble. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University, The School at Steppenwolf, and a proud member of AEA.

Curtain times are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. with Saturday matinees at 3 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Ticket prices are $35 to $45 for preview performances; $45 to $65 for regular run performances. Tickets are available at the Box Office, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago; (773) 753-4472 or online at Student and senior discounts available. Groups of 10 or more may purchase discounted tickets by calling Kate Vangeloff at 773-834-3243.

Now in its 59th season, Court Theatre is guided by its mission to discover the power of classic theatre. Court endeavors to make a lasting contribution to American theatre by expanding the canon of translations, adaptations, and classic texts. Court revives lost masterpieces, illuminates familiar texts, and distinguishes fresh, modern classics. Court engages and inspires its audience by providing artistically distinguished productions, audience enrichment activities, and student educational experiences. Court Theatre is the professional theatre in residence at the University of Chicago continuing to discover the power of classic theatre.

Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

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