Court Theatre Announces Casting for Chicago Premiere of Tom Stoppard’s THE HARD PROBLEM

Court Theatre, under the leadership of Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, announces casting for the Chicago premiere of The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard, directed by Charles Newell. The Hard Problem runs March 9 – April 9, 2017 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue in Chicago. 

The cast for the Chicago premiere of The Hard Problem includes Owais Ahmed (Amal), Celeste M. Cooper (Julia), Chaon Cross (Hillary), Kate Fry (Ursula), Emjoy Gavino(Bo), Jürgen Hooper (Spike), Nathan Hosner (Jerry), Brian McCaskill (Leo), and Sophie Thatcher (Cathy).

Court Theatre is proud to bring award-winning and renowned playwright Tom Stoppard’s highly-anticipated new play to Chicago. His new work introduces Hilary, a young psychologist working at the prestigious Krohl Institute for Brain Science. She struggles to bear the burden of her regrets as she works through a troubling issue in her research. Where does our biology end and our personhood begin?

If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? Will the computer someday answer all questions psychology can ask? This “hard problem” sets Hilary at odds with her colleagues, but she prays for a miracle to lead her to the solutions.

Now in its 62nd season, Court Theatre is guided by its mission to discover the power of classic theatre. Court endeavors to make a lasting contribution to American theatre by expanding the canon of translations, adaptations, and classic texts. Court revives lost masterpieces, illuminates familiar texts, and distinguishes fresh, modern classics. Court engages and inspires its audience by providing artistically distinguished productions, audience enrichment activities, and student educational experiences.

Court Theatre’s 2016/17 Season is sponsored by Barbara and Richard Franke.

The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard

Directed by:      Charles Newell

Featuring:         Owais Ahmed (Amal), Celeste M. Cooper (Julia), Chaon Cross (Hillary), Kate Fry (Ursula), Emjoy Gavino (Bo), Jürgen Hooper (Spike), Nathan Hosner (Jerry), Brian McCaskill (Leo), and Sophie Thatcher (Cathy).


Previews:             March 9 – 17, 2017

Regular Run:        March 19 – April 9, 2017


Wed & Thurs:       7:30 p.m.

Fridays:                8:00 p.m.

Saturdays:            3:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.

Sundays:              2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Location:          Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave.

Tickets:            $38-$48 previews $48-$68 regular run

Box Office:       Located at 5535 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago; (773) 753-4472 or