Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department faculty member Adam Goldstein is directing a world premiere adaptation of The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today, Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner’s classic 1873 novel. The play, adapted by Paul Edwards (Goldstein’s former professor at Northwestern University), runs January 8-February 21 at City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr, in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.
The cast includes another Columbia College Theatre Department teacher, Scott Olson. City Lit’s artistic director, Terry McCabe, is a longtime Columbia College Theatre Department faculty member.
The Gilded Age is Mark Twain’s satire of American politics and finance during the late 19th century, a satire so telling that the actual time period takes its historical nickname from the title of the book. It’s the story of a young woman from a poor Tennessee family who travels to Washington, D.C., to become a lobbyist in order to persuade the federal government to buy 75,000 acres of her family’s land. A panoramic romp through Twain’s America—which is to say, ours—The Gilded Age gives us a steamboat race on the Mississippi, strange dealings on the floors of Congress, and a high society murder trial.
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