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TheatreWorks presents "Golden Boy"


Illinois College Theatreworks presents its fall production, “Golden Boy,” written by Clifford Odets and directed by Dr. Nancy Taylor Porter, with performances Oct. 31 and Nov. 1-2 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. in Sibert Theatre located in McGaw Fine Arts Center.

Written in the 1930s by a playwright deeply concerned with the downtrodden — those who had lost not only their livelihood but also their dignity in the Depression — Golden Boy portrays the son of an Italian immigrant striving for the American Dream. Joe is a talented violinist who loves music, but he doesn’t want to live a life ashamed of his poverty. Seeking fame and fortune, he rises to the top as a boxer in New York City. But at the pinnacle of his apparent success, he also realizes what he has lost. Of the wildly successful Broadway revival six years ago, critics praised this “soaring, expansive, tough-as-nails” play that after 75 years still delivers a knockout.

Tickets for “Golden Boy” are $10 and available online at or by phone at 217.245.3471. Learn more about the theatre program at Illinois College at  

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About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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