Court Theatre to Present Pearl Cleage's BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY

By: Jan. 12, 2017
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Court Theatre, under the leadership of Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, presents Blues for an Alabama Sky by Pearl Cleage, directed by Ron OJ Parson. Blues for an Alabama Sky runs January 12 - February 12, 2017 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue in Chicago. The Press Opening is Saturday, January 21 at 8:00 p.m.

In the midst of the Great Depression, the creative spirit of New York's Harlem Renaissance struggles with harsher realities. Angel and Guy, emerging artists with grand dreams, live next door to the more serious and political Delia, a social worker with the goal to open a community family planning clinic. Each must face their own hardships head on, but always with hope for a better life close at hand. They search for a way to keep their dreams of love, career, and service alive in times of economic despair, and they learn that the Great Depression can't destroy the source of their creative spirit.

Playwright Pearl Cleage's striking story encounters very modern problems in a fantastically lively 1920s Harlem. Court Resident Artist and Director Ron OJ Parson will dive into this world to illuminate the characters' intersecting lives and experiences on stage. Blues for an Alabama Sky will serve as the centerpiece for a Chicago celebration of the music, art, language, and impact of the Harlem Renaissance.


Blues for an Alabama Sky
Written by Pearl Cleage
Directed by Ron OJ Parson

Previews: January 12 - 20, 2017
Press Opening: Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Regular Run: January 22 - February 12, 2017

Plays: Wed & Thurs at 7:30 p.m.;Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.; and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Performances run at the Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave.

Tickets: $38-$48 previews; $48-$68 regular run.
Box Office: Located at 5535 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago; (773) 753-4472 or

Now in its 62nd 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.