Raven Theatre Company’s 35th anniversary season will begin on September 27th with the Chicago premiere of Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney.
The Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys is dedicated to the development of strong, ethical black men. Determined to make his mark like those before him, Pharus Jonathan Young is steadfast on being the best choir leader in the school’s fifty-year history. As a gay male, can he find his way inside the hallowed halls steeped in rites, rituals, and conformity if he sings in his own key? Laced with soaring spirituals, this coming-of-age drama is an exciting commencement of our season.
Choir Boy was first produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York during the summer of 2013. Charles Isherwood in The New York Times called it an “affecting and honest portrait…of a gay youth tentatively beginning to find the courage to let the truth about himself become known” and KCRW in Los Angeles said it was “A play to see and a playwright to watch!” This Chicago Premiere will be directed by Raven’s Co-founder and Producing Artistic Director Michael Menendian.
Choir Boy will take place in Raven’s 130-seat East Stage from September 27 to November 12, 2017.
$46 general admission ($43 online)
$41 for seniors ($38 online)
$15 for students
$32 for previews 9/27-10/2 ($29 online)
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Tarell Alvin McCraney is well-known to Chicago audiences for his acclaimed trilogy, The Brother/Sister Plays: The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water, and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet, which were performed at Steppenwolf Theatre in 2010. He was named a Steppenwolf ensemble member that year, and his play Head of Passes received its world premiere at Steppenwolf in 2013. Also in 2013, McCraney received a MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant.” He recently shared an Academy Award with Barry Jenkins for “Best Adapted Screenplay” of Moonlight, which was also named “Best Picture” of 2016 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The screenplay was based on McCraney’s short play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.
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