Columbia College Chicago Theatre Dept. Alums Featured in August Wilson’s Drama ‘Joe Turner’s Come and Gone’ at Goodman Theatre April 13-May 12

Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alums are in the cast of August Wilson’s drama Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, running April 13 through May 12 at the Goodman Theatre, located at 170 N. Dearborn in downtown Chicago’s Loop Theatre District. Student discounts are available. For tickets, click here.

A.C. Smith

Krystel V. McNeil

Anthony Fleming III

Columbia College alums A.C. Smith ’86, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Theatre, and Krystel V. McNeil09, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting, are featured in the Goodman’s revival of Wilson’s 1988 Broadway hit. Also in the cast is former Theatre Department student Anthony Fleming III.

A.C. Smith

As previously reported in this blog, A.C. Smith is well known in Chicago for his performances in the plays of August Wilson. Smith is the winner of two Joseph Jefferson Awards (Chicago’s top theatre prize) for his performances in Court Theatre’s productions of Wilson’s Fences and King Hedley II. He has also appeared in Wilson’s JitneyThe Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running, Gem of the Ocean, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Court, as well as in Goodman’s productions of Gem of the Ocean and Two Trains Running.

Chuck Smith

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone is directed at Goodman by Chuck Smith, a former longtime Columbia College Theatre Department faculty member and, for 20 years, facilitator of the Theatre Department’s annual Theodore Ward Prize for African American Playwriting. Here’s a promotional video of Smith discussing the play:


Cristin Carole

Also on the production team is Cristin Carole, a student in the Columbia College Theatre Department’s Intimacy for Stage and Screen Graduate Certificate program. She is the show’s associate director, intimacy consultant, and choreographer. And Columbia College alum Jess Hill ’99, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Stage Management and Technical Theatre program, is the Goodman’s props head.