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  • Illinois theatre department opens season with plays addressing injustice, revenge

    Actors on stage at rehearsal at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

    The Illinois theatre department is exploring themes of justice, injustice, revenge and redemption in its opening productions. “Gem of the Ocean” and “Titus Andronicus” open this month at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

    “Gem of the Ocean” features Latrel Crawford as Eli, J’Laney Jenkins as Citizen Barlow (seated), Lisa Gaye Dixon as Aunt Ester and Charence Higgins as Black Mary.

    Photo by Darrell Hoemann


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  • Editor’s notes: To contact Gabriel Solis, email To contact Chuck Smith, email  To contact Lisa Gaye Dixon, email To contact Robert Anderson, email For information about Krannert Center events, contact Bridget Lee-Calfas at More information about the plays is available online.