About the Play

SYNOPSIS

The city rebuilt itself after the Great Fire, and now Chicago wins a nationwide competition to hold a world’s fair in 1892. The architectural firm of Burnham and Root is chosen to design and build a great fairground. When John Root dies suddenly, Dan Burnham struggles to complete the tremendous project without his brilliant partner.

RELEVANCE

Many of the issues of the 1890s are our problems today –  the role of immigrants, women’s search for equality, Black struggle for recognition. and balancing work and personal life. The planning and building of the great World’s Fair tests Chicago to the limit.

TESTIMONIALS

“The audiences for The White City have come away with interest in the piece and curiosity about the history of the Columbian Exposition, Chicago history, and the personal stories of the artists, architects and politicians of the time.”

“It’s a good piece with terrific music and a great grounding in local history.”

The White City was a big hit with full houses.” -Joan Mazzonelli, Producer at Midwest New Musicals

DEVELOPED WITH SUPPORT FROM

The Dramatists Guild Fund, Inc.
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
The Illinois Arts Council

HOSTS AND SPONSORS INCLUDE

Glessner House
Lubeznik Center for the Arts
Mies van der Rohe Society, IIT
North Shore Congregation Israel
Pleasant Home
Swedenborg Library