On June 19, 1865, enslaved people in the state of Texas were finally freed, two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect in other parts of the country. On this day, known as Juneteenth, African American communities across the nation celebrate the freedom of our people. If you're lucky enough to be in Chicago, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Juneteenth than by going to see “Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)” in its final week at the Goodman Theatre. This is by far one of the best theatre productions I have ever seen (and I see a lot of shows) and you don't want to miss it!
Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Niegel Smith for its Chicago premiere, “Father Comes Home From the Wars" follows the journey of Hero, a man enslaved in the state of Texas, who must decide whether to defend the South in the Civil War by joining Confederate army in exchange for freedom promised by his master, or remain on the plantation. The talented cast masterfully integrates the arts music and story-telling with the powers of love and war—causing us to reflect and think critically about our past, the true meaning of freedom, and the price we are willing to pay for it.
Be prepared for a long show; runtime is 3 hours and 15 minutes (including two intermissions), but well worth it! The show runs through June 24, 2018 so don't hesitate to get your tickets! Tickets start at just $10! Buy tickets online at www.goodmantheatre.org/father
MEZZTIX: Half-price day-of-performance tickets available at 10am online (promo code MEZZTIX)
$10TIX: Student $10 advance tickets; limit four, with valid student ID (promo code 10TIX)
Teen Arts Pass (TAP): $5 day-of-performance tickets for teens ages 13-19, subject to availability; limit two, with valid TAP identification. Sign-up at TeenArtsPass.org (promo code TAP)
CityKey: CityKey Cardholders access half-price mezzanine tickets; limit four, with valid CityKey ID. Sign up at ChiCityClerk.com/ChicagoCityKey (promo code CITYKEY)