The Adaptations of Augie March
Join Us in Celebrating a Saul Bellow Masterpiece
The University of Chicago Library Society and Court Theatre cordially invite you to celebrate the exhibition "The Adaptations of Augie March" and the production "The Adventures of Augie March" and to join in conversation with:
Charles Newell | Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, Court Theatre
Nora Titone | Resident Dramaturg, Court Theatre
Daniel Meyer | Director of Special Collections and University Archivist
Complimentary valet parking available
5:00 p.m. Exhibition Viewing
5:45 p.m. Special Remarks and Program
7:00 p.m. Reception
Saul Bellow’s 1953 masterpiece, "The Adventures of Augie March," launched his reputation as a novelist and established the future Nobel Laureate's literary renown. In 2015, Court Theatre commissioned the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright David Auburn, AB ‘91, to adapt "Augie March" for the stage. This exhibit showcases treasures from SCRC’s Saul Bellow Papers in juxtaposition with materials generated by theatre artists working toward Court’s May 2019 world premiere. On display are early handwritten drafts of Bellow’s novel; the original drafts of David Auburn’s stage adaptation; Charles Newell’s artistic notes and plans for building the world of the play; costume designer Sally Dolembo’s sketches; the mind-bending design work of shadow puppetry collective Manual Cinema; and John Culbert’s minimalist, non-literal design for a set capable of evoking disparate places. The exhibit invites visitors to step into the world of Augie March—as Bellow imagined it, Auburn adapted it, and Newell envisioned it on stage.
This event is hosted by a campus partner. If you have any questions regarding registration or logistics of the event, where to meet, special assistance requests, parking, please contact Catherine Niehaus, Development Associate at email@example.com or 773-702-7695.