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American Blues Theater announces 2016–17 season

Written by
Kris Vire

Season Announcement Season is officially upon us, as American Blues Theater has announced the lineup for the 2016–17 season.

The season opens with a double bill of one-acts: Dutchman by Amiri Baraka, to be directed by Chuck Smith, will be paired with TRANSit, a world premiere commission by ABT artistic affiliate Darren Canady that's inspired by Baraka's 1964 work; both plays take place on New York City's subway. Lisa Portes will direct the latter; they'll run August 26–September 25.

The company's season continues with its 15th annual radio-play holiday offering, It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! (November 18–December 31), followed by the Chicago premiere of The Columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn's 2012 play about mid-century syndicated newspaper columnist Joseph Alsop. Keira Fromm directs, with a run of February 17–April 19. Finally, Ron OJ Parson will direct artistic affiliate Wandachristine in Beauty's Daughter, an Obie Award–winning solo piece by Dael Orlandersmith, for a June 2–July 2 run.

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