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 CHICAGO, The Play

A fame-obsessed housewife kills her lover in cold blood and, after trying to coerce her husband into taking the blame, is put on trial for murder. The play, while fiction, is a satire based on two unrelated 1924 court cases involving two women, Beulah Annan (the inspiration for Roxie Hart) and Belva Gaertner (the inspiration for Velma) who were both suspected and later acquitted of murder, whom Watkins had covered for the Chicago Tribune as a reporter.

Watkins wrote the script (originally titled Brave Little Woman) as a class assignment while attending Yale Drama School. The play debuted on Broadway at the Sam Harris Theatre in late December 1926, directed by George Abbott, where it ran for 172 performances.

This ETC production is NOT the musical of the same name.


Julie Price

Adapter and Director

of CHICAGO, The Play

Maurine Watkins

Author of Chicago

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 Date, times and location

May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21, 2023

Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM

Elgin Art Showcase | 164 Division Street – Eighth Floor | Elgin, IL

Sunday performances will be sign acted for the deaf and hard of hearing.

All tickets are general admission (no reserved seats).

Masks and proof of vaccination are NOT required at this time

This program is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.