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Father Comes Home From the Wars Set for Chicago Premiere

Niegel Smith directs the production for the Goodman Theatre.

Kamal Angelo Bolden and Aimé Donna Kelly star in the Chicago premiere of Father Comes Home From the Wars at the Goodman Theatre.
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New Photos of the Goodman Theatre's production of Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) have been released ahead of opening night, June 4. Niegel Smith directs the Chicago premiere of Suzan Lori Parks's drama, set to run through June 24.


In Father Comes Home From the Wars, Hero, a Texas slave, faces a simple yet monumental choice: join his master in the Confederate army to win his freedom, or remain enslaved at the plantation. As he debates leaving his lover for what may be another empty promise, Hero must take charge of his life, even when much remains beyond his control. Filled with music, wit and poetic wisdom, the Pulitzer Prize finalist play Father Comes Home From the Wars challenges its audience to navigate their own moral compass in a country that both unites and divides.

Kamal Angelo Bolden stars as Hero and is joined by William Dick as Colonel, Aimé Donna Kelly as Penny, Jaime Lincoln Smith as Homer. The ensemble includes Sydney Charles (Second), Ronald L. Conner (Third), Bernard Gilbert (Runaway), Nicole Michelle Haskins (Runaway), Ernest Perry Jr. (The Oldest Old Man), Tyrone Phillips (Runaway), Michael Aaron Pogue (Fourth), Brittney Love Smith (Odyssey Dog), Demetrios Troy (Smith), and Jacqueline Williams (Leader).

Original music composed by Grammy Award winner Justin Ellington and performed on stage nightly by Melody Angel. The creative team also includes Courtney O'Neill (set), Linda Cho (costumes) and Keith Parham (lighting).


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