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Court Theatre announces 2013-14 season

Court Theatre’s 2013-2014 season, with five plays about embattled souls, has just been announced. It will include:

— “The Mountaintop” (Sept. 5-Oct. 6): A play by Katori Hall, seen on Broadway in 2011, and directed here by Ron OJ Parson. Set on the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, it finds the man working on his next speech in his Memphis motel room where he engages in conversation with a young hotel maid, Camae, who turns out to be something other than she appears as “the material meets the divine.”

— “An Iliad” (Nov. 13-Dec. 8): A reprise of the stunning 2011 production that features Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s riveting adaptation of Homer’s epic poem about three millennia of war and bloodshed. Directed by Court’s artistic director, Charles Newell, and featuring a one-man tour de force Jeff Award-winning performance by Timothy Edward Kane.

— “Seven Guitars” (Jan. 9-Feb. 9, 2014): Set in Pittsburgh in 1948, this entry in August Wilson’s “Century Cycle” deals with fate, violence, justice, and the blues. It looks at six characters who gather to mourn Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton, a blues guitarist who died with fame and celebrity just beyond his reach.

— “Water by the Spoonful” (March 6-April 6, 2014): This Chicago premiere of Quiara Alegría Hudes’ 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner, directed by Henry Godinez, focuses on Iraq war veteran Elliot Ortiz who returns home to find ghosts from his past, an overachieving cousin, and his estranged mother, who struggles to stay clean as she moderates a chat room for recovering crack addicts like herself.

— “M. Butterfly” (May 8-June 8, 2014): This Tony Award-winning classic by David Henry Hwang, directed by Newell, deals with sex, espionage and imperialism as it interweaves the story of Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly” with the true tale of Rene Gallimard, a meek French civil servant who meets the woman of his dreams in a beautiful Chinese opera diva who is not at all what “she” appears to be.

For three, four and five-play subscriptions ($90-$247) call (773) 753-4472, or visit www.CourtTheatre.org. Individual tickets for all shows will be available on July 16.



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