City Lit Postpones THIRTEEN DAYS & Announces 41st Season

As you have likely already heard, City Lit has made the difficult decision to postpone the run of THIRTEEN DAYS. The show will now happen from August 28 through October 4, 2020. We are glad to be able to bring it to you at the tail end of this season and hope you will choose to join us then!

Scroll beyond our new season announcement for options if you have already purchased tickets to THIRTEEN DAYS to see your options.

We have also made the decision to postpone our production of THE VIRGINIAN: A HORSEMAN OF THE PLAINS until next season. It was almost time to begin rehearsals for it, and we don’t feel we should do that until the coronavirus crisis has passed. We look forward to still being about to share this world premiere production in the fall. Current subscribers can renew their subscription at a discounted rate of 25% off since that show is already covered from this year’s subscription. We hope you will all choose to renew, but if you do not wish to renew, you can either schedule a time to see THE VIRGINIAN next season, or contact us for other options. Current subscribers will be receiving a separate email with a direct link to renew at the discounted rate.

In better news, we bring you the announcement of our 41st Season! Subscribe here now!

**If you are renewing your subscription, you will receive a separate email with a link to purchase your subscription at a 25% discount because of THE VIRGINIAN being moved to next season


by Owen Wister

adapted by L.C. Bernadine and Spencer Huffman

directed by Terry McCabe

October 16, 2020 – November 29, 2020

(Previews Oct. 16 – Oct. 24)

A world premiere adaptation of THE VIRGINIAN: A HORSEMAN OF THE PLAINS by Owen Wister, the novel that originated the archetype of the American cowboy. Never named, rough-hewn but soft-spoken, living on the frontier between nature and civilization, the Virginian pursues his own singular code of honor. On a ranch near Sunk Creek, Wyoming, the cowpuncher from Virginia struggles to uphold this code in conflict with his deadly enemy, a former ranch hand turned rustler, as well as in his courting of the fiercely independent schoolmarm, whose own personal code is as strong as his. City Lit’s adaptation will feature giant puppets as the horses in the story, a few of whom are important minor characters.


by John Millington Synge

directed by Brian Pastor

January 15, 2021 – February 28, 2021

(Previews Jan. 15 – Jan. 23)

Christy Mahon comes into Flaherty’s tavern on the west coast of Ireland and claims to have killed his father with a shovel. The locals are charmed by his boldness and daring, and he becomes a local hero–until the old man shows up. The play’s world premiere triggered three nights of riots in Dublin, and fistfights in the aisles when it transferred to New York. City Lit’s audience is much better behaved.


by Kristine Thatcher

directed by Terry McCabe

March 12, 2021 – April 25, 2021

(Previews March 12 – 20)

One of the great Chicago plays. By City Lit’s resident playwright, author of Voice of Good Hope and The Safe House, it won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and a half-dozen other playwriting awards when Terry directed the Chicago premiere at Victory Gardens twenty-five years ago. A Rogers Park couple plans to adopt the child of Emma, a pregnant teenager. What follows threatens their marriage and reshapes what they think of parenthood.


Music & Lyrics by Kingsley Day

Book by Kingsley Day and Philip LaZebnik

directed by Terry McCabe

May 7, 2021 – June 20, 2021

(Previews May 7 – May 15)

It’s the night before the beginning of the Aztec empire’s new millennium, and the Chosen One–so named because he is to be sacrificed in order to make the sun rise next morning–has run off with the High Priest’s daughter. If he is not found, the sun will not rise and the world will end. By the writers of the legendary Chicago musical comedy Summer Stock Murder.

If you have already purchased a ticket to THIRTEEN DAYS, you have a few options regarding your ticket(s):

  1. Reschedule to a different performance of THIRTEEN DAYS. The show will now run from August 28 to October 4, 2020. Full list of dates available here.
  2. Subscribeto our new season with your THIRTEEN DAYS ticket price applied toward the price of subscription.
  3. Reschedule to ANY OTHER City Lit Theater Company production, including THE VIRGINIAN: A HORSEMAN OF THE PLAINS or ANY show next season.
  4. If you are unable to or choose not to attend THIRTEEN DAYS in its new scheduled run or any other show, you may obtain a refund of your ticket price. If you purchased your ticket through Brown Paper Tickets, please contact them directly at 1-800-838-3006 for the refund. If you purchased over the phone from our box office, please contact us at 773-293-3682 and leave a voicemail as we are all working from home. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
  5. Consider making your ticket price a tax-deductible donation to City Lit.

Whichever option you choose, please contact the box office at 773-293-3682 or or simply reply to this email and let us know. Please note that our staff is working from home during this time, but we are checking the voicemail and will get back to you as soon as possible. Because of this, you may receive phone calls from phone numbers not labeled “City Lit Theater.”

We hope everyone is well and will stay well and we look forward to seeing you all very soon!