City Lit Theatre Announces New Adaptations of Best-Selling Works | Playbill

News City Lit Theatre Announces New Adaptations of Best-Selling Works Chicago's City Lit Theatre, which is dedicated to staging adaptations of literary works, has announced its 2015-16 season. Kicking off the season will be a theatrical adaptation of Nicholas Meyer's best-selling 1974 novel "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution."

Officially titled The Seven-Per-Cent Solution: Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D., the world-premiere adaptation is penned by City Lit's artistic director Terry McCabe. Performances are set to begin Oct. 2 and will run through Nov. 15.

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution recounts Sherlock Holmes' recovery from cocaine addiction, with the help of Sigmund Freud. It was previously adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Vanessa Redgrave and Alan Arkin.

The season will continue with Mark Twain's The Gilded Age: A Story of Today, another world-premiere adaptation, by Paul Edwards. Performances are set to begin Jan. 8, 2016.

Also featured on the slate is I've Got the World On a String, a musical revue of Harold Arlen's songs by Sheldon Patinkin and directed by McCabe with music direction by Kinglsey Day. Performances are scheduled to run March 4-April 10, 2016. Concluding the season in June will be a 30th anniversary staging of John Logan's thriller Hauptmann, also directed by McCabe.

City Lit was founded in 1979 when it was the only American theatre dedicated to stage adaptations of literary material. It is located at 1020 W Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit CityLit or phone (773) 293-3682.

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