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David and Marilyn Vitale donate $3.5 million to Court

September 11th, 2016

David Vitale and his wife, Marilyn, have given $3.5 million to Court Theatre in Hyde Park.

The Vitales are long-time Hyde Parkers and supporters of the theater located on the University of Chicago Campus.

David is a banker and former board of education president. And Marilyn’s name is synonymous with the Court. She’s served on its board for more than 20 years–three as chair. She’s also been a force in moving the Court to showcase classical theater.

She sees theater, especially the classics as a mirror to our lives. “It’s everything we experience today,” she says.  “No one knows what life will bring. Reading classics and watching the classics helps you figure it out.”

Robert Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago credits the Court with creating “an ambitious national model” for professional theater at universities.

With the Vitale gift, Artistic Director Charles Newell will be named the inaugural Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director of Court Theatre. He directs “Man in the Ring” opening this week. You could call the boxing production written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Michael Cristofer a modern classic.

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