Court Theatre, the longstanding Equity company in residence at the University of Chicago in Hyde Park, will stage the Chicago premiere of Katori Hall's Broadway play about Martin Luther King, Jr., "The Mountaintop," as part of its 2013-14 season, along with Quiara Alegria Hudes' "Water by the Spoonful," the winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Court's 59th season, notably smaller in scope than the current season, also includes new productions of August Wilson's "Seven Guitars," David Henry Hwang's "M Butterfly" and a reprise run of its 2011 smash hit, "An Iliad."
Artistic director Charles Newell is to helm "M Butterfly" in the spring (and restage Lisa Peterson and Dennis O'Hare's "An Iliad" in the fall, replete with Timothy Edward Kane repeating his acclaimed solo performance). Ron OJ Parson will direct "The Mountaintop" in September and "Seven Guitars" in January. Henry Godinez will direct the Hudes drama, opening in March. Court, acknowledging the presence of a reprise, said Wednesday that subscribers will be able to buy packages of three, four or five productions.