About this Project

2017 – 2018

This project, the Neubauer Collegium’s first collaboration with Court Theatre, supported 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 completed 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 led a new exploration of this uniquely Chicago novel on the campus that both Bellow and Auburn called their academic home.

Image: Courtesy Janis Bellow/The Wylie Agency


Court Theatre Announces Premiere of Augie March Adaptation

February 21, 2018

Visiting Fellow David Auburn's stage adaptation of Saul Bellow's The Adventures of Augie March will close out the 2018-19 season at Court Theatre.


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