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

Program Itinerary
5:00 p.m. Exhibition Viewing
5:45 p.m. Special Remarks and Program
7:00 p.m. Reception

Exhibition Description
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  or 773-702-7695.



Event Information


Tuesday, 05/21/19 at 5:00pm - Tuesday at 8:00pm | iCal


The Joseph Regenstein Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL 606037 USA

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Event Contact
Catherine Niehaus, Development Associate