Moonlight advance screening with Tarell McCraney


NOTE LOCATION: Harper Theater (5238 S Harper Ave.)

Achingly romantic and uncommonly wise,  Moonlight is a beautiful drama that manages to be both epic and understated.  The acclaimed new film from director Barry Jenkins, based on the play by Tarell McCraney, explores the plight of a young black man across three eras, searching for his place in the world. The story’s power comes from the gaps between words — and an ongoing battle to find the right ones.


Followed by a conversation with Tarell McCraney, Jacqueline Stewart (Black CInema House curator, University of Chicago) and E. Patrick Johnson (Northwestern University).


Playwright Tarell McCraney’s autobiographical “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” was the inspiration for Moonlight, and he worked closely with filmmaker Barry Jenkins to adapt the story to film. McCraney received the Macarthur “Genius Award” in 2013. He was the International Writer in Residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company, a Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, and an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. His additional plays include Wig Out! (2008) and American Trade (2011), and his works have been performed at such venues as the Public Theater, the McCarter Theatre at Princeton University, the Young Vic (London), and Steppenwolf Theatre.

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