SEVEN GUITARS, Featuring Felicia P. Fields, Opens Tonight at the Court Theatre

SEVEN GUITARS, Featuring Felicia P. Fields, Opens Tonight at the Court Theatre

Court Theatre continues its 2013-2014 season with Seven Guitars written by August Wilson, and directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson. Seven Guitars is currently playing through February 9, 2014 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. Press Opening is tonight, January 18, 2014 at 8:00PM.

Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson returns to Court Theatre to direct Seven Guitars, August Wilson's haunting Century Cycle play about fate, justice, and the Blues. In the backyard of a Pittsburgh tenement in 1948, six characters gather to mourn the missing seventh: Floyd "Schoolboy" Barton, a blues guitarist with feet of clay who died with fame and celebrity just beyond his reach. Stitched with vibrant swatches of American blues lyrics and harmonized through a seven-piece ensemble, Wilson's signature voice is at its richest in Seven Guitars as it seeks to explore the disappointingly dissonant harmonies we sometimes find in the circular nature of hope, violence, fate, and justice.

Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Best Play Award, Seven Guitars will feature Jerod Haynes (Canewell),Kelvin Roston Jr. (Floyd Barton), Felicia P. Fields (Louise), Ronald Conner (Red Carter), Erynn Mackenzie (Ruby),Ebony Wimbs (Vera) and Allen Gilmore (Hedley).

The creative team for Seven Guitars includes Regina Garcia (scenic design), Christine Pascual (costume design), Marc Stubblefield (lighting design), Joshua Horvath (sound design), and Martine Kei Green-Rogers (dramaturgy). Sara Gammage is the production stage manager.

The opening press performance is tonight, January 18, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. 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.

Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

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