Pullman Porter Blues

Pullman Porter Blues

September 14 - October 27, 2013 In the Albert
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 40 minutes with one intermission

  • A story that belongs in downtown Chicago”— Chicago Tribune
  • Absolutely dazzling”— Chicago Sun-Times
  • A work of grand ambition”— Chicago Sun-Times
  • West is a sophisticated yet accessible writer who knows how to involve us in human stories”— Chicago Tribune
  • The ferociously charismatic, dramatic and vocally resplendent E. Faye Butler”— Daily Herald
  • Winning portrayals from Marshall, Derricks and Morohunfola”— Chicago Sun-Times
  • A hearty dose of Chicago blues music”— Daily Herald
  • Handsomely designed production that has the aura of a real Windy City event.”— Daily Herald

This rollicking, music-fueled trip back in time takes us into the luxurious Pullman trains of the 1930s, where the hidden lives of African American porters emerge to take center stage and classic Blues favorites—including “Sweet Home Chicago”—come to life.

It’s June of 1937, and the Panama Limited Pullman Train is speeding from Chicago to New Orleans on the night of the Joe Louis/James Braddock world heavyweight championship. Three generations of Sykes men—African American train porters—wrestle with ghosts of the past and dreams for the future as they eagerly await word of the Brown Bomber’s victory. Set to timeless Blues tunes performed by a live, on-stage band, Pullman Porter Blues is a spirited, music-infused ride you won’t soon forget!

 

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  • Pullman Porter Blues | Production Photos
    E. Faye Butler (Sister Juba), with Chic Street Man (Professor Slick) and Anderson Edwards (Shorty) in Cheryl L. West’s Pullman Porter Blues, directed by Chuck Smith at Goodman Theatre (September 14 - October 20).

  • Pullman Porter Blues | Production Photos
    (L to R): Tosin Morohunfola (Cephas Sykes), Larry Marshall (Monroe Sykes) and Cleavant Derricks (Sylvester Sykes) in Cheryl L. West’s Pullman Porter Blues, directed by Chuck Smith at Goodman Theatre (September 14 - October 20).

  • Pullman Porter Blues | Production Photos
    (L to R): Jmichael Davis (Keys), Chic Street Man (Professor Slick), Senuwell L. Smith (Twist) and Anderson Edwards (Shorty) in Cheryl L. West’s Pullman Porter Blues, directed by Chuck Smith at Goodman Theatre (September 14 - October 20).

  • Pullman Porter Blues | Production Photos
    E. Faye Butler (Sister Juba) and Larry Marshall (Monroe Sykes) with Chic Street Man (Professor Slick) and Senuwell L. Smith (Twist) in Cheryl L. West’s Pullman Porter Blues, directed by Chuck Smith at Goodman Theatre (September 14 - October 20).

  • Pullman Porter Blues | Production Photos
    (L to R): Cleavant Derricks (Sylvester Sykes) and E. Faye Butler (Sister Juba) in Cheryl L. West’s Pullman Porter Blues, directed by Chuck Smith at Goodman Theatre (September 14 - October 20).

  • Pullman Porter Blues | Production Photos
    Tosin Morohunfola (Cephas Sykes) and Claire Kander (Lutie) in Cheryl L. West’s Pullman Porter Blues, directed by Chuck Smith at Goodman Theatre (September 14 - October 20).

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    Francis Guinan (Tex) and Cleavant Derricks (Sylvester Sykes) in Cheryl L. West’s Pullman Porter Blues, directed by Chuck Smith at Goodman Theatre (September 14 - October 20).

  • Pullman Porter Blues Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R): Artistic Director Robert Falls, Executive Director Roche Schulfer, Playwright Cheryl L. West and Director Chuck Smith in rehearsal for Pullman Porter Blues.

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    Cleavant Derricks (Sylvester Sykes) in rehearsal for Pullman Porter Blues.

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    Larry Marshall (Monroe Sykes) in rehearsal for Pullman Porter Blues.

  • Pullman Porter Blues Rehearsal Photos
    Tosin Morohunfola (Cephas Sykes) in rehearsal for Pullman Porter Blues.

  • Pullman Porter Blues Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R): Claire Kander (Lutie), E. Faye Butler (Sister Juba) and Anderson Edwards (Shorty) in rehearsal for Pullman Porter Blues.

  • Pullman Porter Blues Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R): Francis Guinan (Tex) and Cleavant Derricks (Sylvester Sykes) in rehearsal for Pullman Porter Blues.

  • Pullman Porter Blues Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R): Cleavant Derricks (Sylvester Sykes) and E. Faye Butler (Sister Juba) in rehearsal for Pullman Porter Blues.

  • Pullman Porter Blues Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R): Senuwell L. Smith (Twist), Claire Kander (Lutie) and Anderson Edwards (Shorty) in rehearsal for Pullman Porter Blues.

  • Pullman Porter Blues Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R): Playwright Cheryl L. West and Director Chuck Smith in rehearsal for Pullman Porter Blues.

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    Playwright Cheryl L. West in rehearsal for Pullman Porter Blues.

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    (L to R): Set Designer Riccardo Hernández and Director Chuck Smith in rehearsal for Pullman Porter Blues.

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    Playwright Cheryl L. West in rehearsal for Pullman Porter Blues.

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    (L to R): Francis Guinan (Tex) in rehearsal for Pullman Porter Blues.

  • Pullman Porter Blues Rehearsal Photos
    Director Chuck Smith in rehearsal for Pullman Porter Blues.

  • Pullman Porter Blues Rehearsal Photos
    (L to R): Tosin Morohunfola (Cephas Sykes), Cleavant Derricks (Sylvester Sykes) and Larry Marshall (Monroe Sykes) in rehearsal for Pullman Porter Blues.

  • Pullman Porter Blues Rehearsal Photos
    (left to right) Chic Street Man (Professor Slick), Claire Kander (Lutie), Jmichael Davis (Keys), E. Faye Butler (Sister Juba), Senuwell L. Smith (Twist), Anderson Edwards (Shorty) and Tosin Morohunfola (Cephas Sykes) in rehearsal for Pullman Porter Blues.

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