May-June Highlights

    May-June Highlights

    Court Theatre’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Aracadia, directed by Charles Newell.
    Photo by Denise Appplewhite

    Court Theatre
    Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia

    Through Sunday, June 10
    5535 S. Ellis Ave.

    Brimming with humor and smoldering with passion, this time-traveling detective story intertwines two centuries in an English country manor. Jumping between 1809 and 1989, the same English country house is inhabited by unlikely characters. The characters in 1989 try to unravel the events from two centuries before. After trysts, scandals and discoveries, a pattern emerges within the play that connects past and present, academics and aristocrats, and poetry and mathematics in a web of ideas. The cast includes an array of Chicago actors including Kate Fry, Raymond Fox and Mary Beth Fisher. Director Charles Newell returns to the masterful storyteller Tom Stoppard after Court Theatre’s popular Travesties and The Invention of Love. Matthew York is the set designer for this production. To purchase tickets, please call (773) 753-4472 or visit


    Graham School of General Studies
    “Nothing Comes of Nothing: A Poetic Reading of King Lear

    12:15-1:15 p.m. Friday, June 1
    1155 E. 58th St.

    Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. This lecture will be led by Katia Mitova, Director of the Core College Tutor Program, Lecturer in the Humanities and Basic Program Instructor. Mitova’s lecture will examine the poetic meaning of Lear’s and Shakespeare’s “darker purpose” and will consider the reconciliation of the psychological, political and poetic readings of tragedy. Among the questions that will be addressed is: “Why does King Lear deprive Cordelia of the third ‘more opulent’ part of the kingdom?” The First Friday Lecture Series are free and open to all, and given on the first Friday of every month except July. The lectures explore specific questions of general interest in great works of literature, poetry and philosophy.


    Department of Music
    The Cathy Heifetz Memorial Concert

    8 p.m. Friday, June 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2
    Mandel Hall 1131 E. 57th St.

    This annual end-of-season collaborative concert will present Paul Hindemith’s masterful Symphonie Mathis der Maler, whose three movements reflect the three panels of the Isenheim altarpiece by Renaissance master Mathias Grunewald, and Schubert’s richly scored Mass No. 6 in E-flat Major, D. 950, his final setting of the Roman Catholic liturgy. The concert will feature the University Symphony Orchestra, University Chorus and Motet Choir. The vocal soloists will be Hyun Suk Jang, soprano; Ann Vikstrom, alto; Matthew Dean and David Von Bargen, tenor; and Andrew Schultze, bass. Barbara Schubert and James Kallembach will conduct. Donations of $10 for adults and $5 for students will be accepted at the door.

    James Conant

    Doc Films
    Professor James Conant presents Days of Heaven

    7 p.m. Monday, May 28
    Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.

    James Conant, Professor in Philosophy and the College, will present Terrence Malick’s movie Days of Heaven. The 1978 film featuring Brooke Adams and Richard Gere won the Academy Award in Cinematography. The film’s plot revolves around Adams and Gere’s characters who travel to Texas to work as wheat farmers after Gere’s character, Bill, commits a crime. They become involved in a love triangle with a wheat farmer (Sam Shepard) while posing as brother and sister. This film is renowned for its visual images and the rich portrayal of the pastoral landscape. The Doc Films hotline number is (773) 702-8575. This event is free.