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Winter 2021 Shows

Vision and Voices, a Black Playwrights Reading Series Continues
Available On-Demand JAN 22–24, FEB 5 -7, and FEB 12–14 

The Black Playwrights Reading Series presented by the Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts and features first year Master of Fine Arts directing students and undergraduate and graduate actors.  The three plays were chosen by the directors in consultation with faculty and the center’s managing director from among hundreds and hundreds of scripts some which are familiar and others that deserve a wider audience and center around Racism in America, Police Brutality, Anti-Blackness, the Fight for Justice, and the Celebration of Black Lives.

  • JAN 22-24: A Few Short Plays to Save The World and What You Did by Steve Harper, directed by Tor Campbell
  • FEB 5-7: Encore presentation of Wine in the Wilderness, by Alice Childress, directed by Jasmine B. Gunter
  • FEB 12-14: The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA the Negro Book of the Dead by Suzan Lori-Parks, directed by Manna-Symone Middlebrooks

Tomas and the Library Lady, an Imagine U Production
Available On Demand After Livestream MARCH 12-28.                        Recommended for ages 5-12.

Tomás and The Library Lady, directed by MFA directing candidate Ismael Lara, Jr., tells the true story of a nine-year-old Tomás Rivera, the son of Mexican migrant workers who move from Texas to Iowa to work in corn fields in the summer of 1945. Tomás finds the library, where he bonds with the librarian. Adapted for the stage by José Cruz Gonzáles from the children’s book of the same title, written by El Paso born and UTEP graduate Pat Mora, Tomás takes his education into his own hands and develops a lifetime love of reading and writing.

Home Calls: The Songs of Salzman and Cunningham
Available On Demand APRIL 9-11

The Northwestern Musical Theatre Certificate Program of 2021 will present a new video album of Home Calls: The Songs of Salzman and Cunningham. Featuring songs from the catalogue of the award-winning songwriting team, Salzman and Cunningham, this song cycle (predominantly solos and duets) will be filmed on locations all over Chicago during Winter quarter. Directed by David H. Bell and Ryan Cunningham and Music Directed by Ryan Nelson, this revue embodies the touching, funny, and heartbreaking moments that make up a life.

Ticket Information

All our winter offerings offer single tickets for $10 (general public) and $5 (full-time, non-NU students) with the exception of Tomas and the Library Lady ($20 for adult plus child).  For all three Black playwright readings, a special $25 package is available.  Admission for winter performances continues to be free to all Northwestern students with a valid NU e-mail address who complete the required registration form.  Patrons who have a credit on file from a canceled show earlier this year will be able to apply the credit to our winter or subsequent quarter offerings in 2021.

Questions?  E-mail our audience service team at or call 847-491-7282 Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through December 16.  Starting in January, hours will expand to 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We appreciate your patience while our team works remotely. The Wirtz Center Box Office is currently closed for in person service.

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