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Middle Passage
Feb 14
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Comedy, Drama

Middle Passage

Presented By
Lifeline Theatre
Lifeline Theatre
6912 N. Glenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL United States
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Rutherford Calhoun, a newly freed Illinois slave eking out a living in 1830 New Orleans, stows away aboard The Republic, an outbound rigger, to evade debtors enforcing marriage. But his clever escape backfires as the clipper turns out to be a slave ship bound for Africa. Calhoun must choose between a fanatical captain, a mutinous crew, and the Africans seeking escape. Building on a tradition of African American storytelling, this tale challenges perceptions of American identity using a Black aesthetic. We are at a critical historical moment in which issues such as racism, classism, poverty, and the meaning of freedom impact us all.

Co-adaptors Ilesa Duncan and David Barr III, Lifeline Artistic Director, revisit Johnson’s epic tale, originally mounted at Pegasus Theatre in 2016 under the title Rutherford’s Travels, to share a tale of personal growth within a dark phase of American history. Of Middle Passage, the Chicago Tribune said, “Long after we’d stopped believing in the great American novel, along comes a spellbinding adventure story that may be just that.”

Theatre Week Performances:

Friday, February 14 – 7:30PM
Saturday, February 15 – 8:00PM
Sunday, February 16 – 4:00PM

Friday, February 21 – 7:30PM
Saturday, February 22 – 8:00PM
Sunday, February 23 – 4:00PM

Or call the box office at (773) 761-4477
Or visit the box office in-person at Lifeline Theatre. Box Office Hours: Tues – Sun 12 PM – 4 PM
Use promo code: CTW20

To view other Chicago Theatre Week offers, click here.

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