No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks


Catch the FREE world premiere of No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks from the Chicago-based theater company Manual Cinema with music performed live by soul singer Jamila Woods. No Blue Memories, written by Chicago poets Eve L. Ewing and Nate Marshall, is a unique staged retelling of Brooks’s life. Manual Cinema uses simple, illuminative paper-cut puppetry to visually represent the life and work of one of Chicago’s most beloved literary figures. The music is composed and arranged by Jamila Woods and Ayanna Woods. 

The performance on Friday, November 17, is in honor of Poetry Day. Inaugurated by Robert Frost in 1955, Poetry Day is one of the oldest and most distinguished poetry reading series in the country.

Cosponsored with Chicago Public Library

Friday, November 17, 2017, 6:30 PM
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 6:30 PM
Sunday, November 19, 2017, 2:00 PM

Pritzker Auditorium
Harold Washington Library Center
400 South State Street
Enter on South Plymouth Court
This program is first come, first served.
Doors open one hour before start time.
Free and open to the public.
300 seats available per performance.
No late seating.
People with disabilities and other accessibility concerns can request to be seated first. To reserve an access-friendly space in the auditorium, email