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


Chicago Kid Makes Good

May 21, 2019

Wall Street Journal theater critic Terry Teachout reviews Visiting Fellow David Auburn's adaptation of Augie March at Court Theatre and finds it "totally and triumphantly successful."

A New Adventure for ‘Augie March’: A Chicago Stage

May 8, 2019

The New York Times explores Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow David Auburn's adaptation of Saul Bellow's The Adventures of Augie March, premiering at Court Theatre on May 18.

In Conversation: David Auburn and Charles Newell

April 19, 2019

The award-winning playright (a Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow) and the Court Theatre Artistic Director discuss the process of adapting Saul Bellow's Augie March for the stage.


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