★★★★ (out of 4)

— Chicago Tribune

★★★★ (out of 4)

— Chicago Sun-Times

★★★★ (out of 4)

— Daily Herald

May 25 - Jun 24, 2018 in Goodman's Owen Theatre

Around 3 hours and 15 minutes including two intermissions

Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks’ “blazingly original” (The Washington Post) Civil War epic serves up “an American story as much about our present as it is about our past” (The Los Angeles Times).

Hero, a Texas slave, faces a simple yet monumental choice: join his master in the Confederate army and be granted his freedom afterward— or remain enslaved at the plantation. Filled with music, wit and poetic wisdom, Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks’ “masterpiece” (New York magazine) challenges us to navigate our own moral compass in a country that both unites and rips us apart.

 

 

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Artists

By SUZAN-LORI PARKS, Directed by NIEGEL SMITH

Cast

MELODY ANGEL - Musician
KAMAL ANGELO BOLDEN - Hero/Ulysses
WILLIAM DICK - Colonel
AIMÉ DONNA KELLY - Penny
JAIME LINCOLN SMITH - Homer
SYDNEY CHARLES - Second
RONALD L. CONNER - Third
BERNARD GILBERT - Runaway 3
NICOLE MICHELLE HASKINS - Runaway 2
ERNEST PERRY JR. - The Oldest Old Man
TYRONE PHILLIPS - Runaway 1
MICHAEL AARON POGUE - Fourth
BRITTNEYLOVE SMITH - Odyssey Dog
DEMETRIOS TROY - Smith
JACQUELINE WILLIAMS - Leader

Creative Team and Crew

COURTNEY O'NEILL - Scenic Design
KEITH PARHAM - Costume Design
LINDA CHO - Lighting Design
JUSTIN ELLINGTON - Sound Design
MICHELLE LOPEZ-RIOS - Projection Design
NEENA ARNDT - Dramaturg
ADAM BELCUORE - Casting
ERICA SARTINI-COMBS 
- Casting
DONALD E. CLAXON
 - Production Stage Manager

Critical Praise
  • ★★★★ (out of 4)

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "Breathtakingly entertaining"

    - PerformInk

  • "Brilliant and riveting"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "A rich, powerful experience"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Spectacular, fantastic, must-see play of the year"

    - ChicagoNow

  • "Extremely moving"

    - Daily Herald

  • "The most enjoyable history lesson on stage since Hamilton"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "A masterpiece of theater"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Perfection"

    - ChicagoNow

  • ★★★★ (out of 4)

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Magnificent work of American drama"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "Superlative performances"

    - Daily Herald

  • "Bolden is a stellar performer"

    - PerformInk

  • "Plays don't get much more aesthetically expressive, or impressive than this"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Powerful"

    - Daily Herald

  • "Truly a remarkable feat of direction"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "A play that refreshes the soul with pure delight"

    - ChicagoNow

  • ★★★★ (out of 4)

    - Daily Herald

  • "Beautiful language, resonant storytelling and an ambitious use of the theatrical form itself"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

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