About this Project

This project, the Neubauer Collegium’s first collaboration with Court Theatre, will support the Visiting Fellowship of award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and director David Auburn. Auburn’s first play, Proof, received the 2001 Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, and New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and is set on the University of Chicago campus. His other plays include Lost Lake (2014), The Columnist(2012), The New York Idea (adaptation, 2010), and An Upset (2008), among others. As a Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow, Auburn will complete a stage adaptation of Saul Bellow’s picaresque novel The Adventures of Augie March for a world premiere production at Court Theatre. Working in collaboration with Charles Newell (Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, Court Theatre) and with members of the Court Theatre Faculty Advisory Council, chaired by Larry Norman (Romance Languages and Literatures), Auburn will lead a new exploration of this uniquely Chicago novel on the campus that both Bellow and Auburn called their academic home.

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