Congo Square Theatre Company Presents Season Nineteen: Imperfect Perfection


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A season of exploration of characters who thrived and accomplished greatness despite their imperfections

Chicago – April 2018  Congo Square Theatre Company announces its nineteenth season, Imperfect Perfection, with an exploration of characters who pushed against obstacles to thrive.  The productions are presented with the hope that we all can see ourselves in these stories and disregard judgmental stereotypes to see the beauty within.

Fall 2018 begins with LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL by Lani Roberston; then Congo Square returns to make a joyful noise for the holidays with our signature concert experience at the DuSable Museum, NATIVITY TRIBUTE.  Winter/Spring 2019 opens with the multi-layered JAMBALAYA SERIES, which showcases a multitude of art from emerging talent from around the country.
Holding true to our tradition of uplifting new voices in theatre Congo Square remains committed to producing the work of new playwrights through the August Wilson New Plays Initiative.  The end-of-Spring finale for the season will be a presentation of Lisa Thompson’s SINGLE BLACK FEMALE, which was first staged as a heightened reading during the 2017 Jambalaya Series.
In considering the theme Imperfect Perfection, Executive Director TaRon Patton sees a duality between the characters in the coming season and Congo Square Theatre Company. She offers, “Like the characters we will be depicting, many have prejudged the paths these artists have taken, and have lost the value of their message as a result.”   She continues, “Despite sometimes overwhelming odds, Congo Square Theatre continues to produce some of the most innovative and thought-provoking theater in the country. 
It is our imperfect perfection that has given us this artistic strength.”
Season Highlights:
September 7, 2018 – October 7, 2018
Shows held at eta Creative Arts
Ensemble member Alexis J. Roston reprises her award-winning role as Billie Holiday. Set in a seedy, Philadelphia bar in 1959, 
Lady Day weaves colorful memories with over a dozen musical numbers including: “God Bless the Child,” “Strange Fruit,” 
and “When a Woman Loves a Man.”
December 2018
Shows held at the DuSable Museum
Congo Square’s annual holiday concert, based loosely on Langston Hughes’
Black Nativity,” tells the story of the birth of Christ through gospel music.
This year we will recreate the biblical narrative of Christ using song and dance to embody the struggles of Mary and Joseph.  This production will feature students from a local dance company and some of Chicago’s most prolific gospel 
February 27, 2019 – March 9, 2019
Location TBD
Two weekends of independent film screenings and staged readings.
Events are free to the public.
May 3, 2019 – May 19, 2019
Shows held at eta Creative Arts

The rapid fire, two woman show is a hilarious, yet poignant exploration of the lives of single – middle class – Black women. 
Addressing everything from identity to motherhood to holistic retreats, the audience follows these women through a world that fails to recognize them amid a parade of stereotypical images.
All 2018-2019 Season productions will take place on the southside of Chicago, including: the eta Creative Arts Foundation, located at 7558 S South Chicago Ave and DuSable Museum of African American History, located at 740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637.

More information will be available at For group sales and sponsorship inquiries, please contact the 
Congo Square Theatre offices via [email protected] or call 773-296-1108.

Congo Square Theatre’s 2018-2019 
season is made possible through funding provided in part by: Target, The Alphawood Foundation,The Donnelly Foundation, 
Department of Cultural Affairs, and The MacArthur Fund for the Arts and Culture at Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

About Congo Square Theatre Company

Congo Square Theater Company is an ensemble-based entity that seeks to broaden the scope of the theater-going experience. 
The ensemble’s effort matches education and the performances of productions that push the envelope in the telling of the diverse stories from within the African Diaspora – that ultimately resonate throughout humanity.  For more on Congo Square Theatre Company – visit