The Nacirema Society

The Nacirema Society


September 16 – October 15 in the Albert Theatre

Opening Night is September 26, 2023

Susan Booth launches her first season as Artistic Director with a “laugh-out-loud” ( “hilarious comedy” ( by nationally renowned playwright, poet and New York Times best-selling author.

Every year since Emancipation, The Nacirema Society of Montgomery, Alabama introduces six elegant African American debutantes to a world of wealth, privilege and social responsibility. For these young ladies, bus boycotts and freedom marches are less interesting than making a perfect entrance—or plotting the perfect blackmail. As the Society celebrates its centennial…with young love brewing, old flames simmering and national media attention abounding…what would dare go awry? This Chicago premiere marks 25 years since playwright, poet, activist and novelist Pearl Cleage’s work has appeared on the Goodman stage (1998’s Blues for an Alabama Sky, directed by Chuck Smith).

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March 29, 2023: Announcing the 2023-2024 Season