The Chicago Opera Theatre (COT) is hosting a special screening of Charlie Chaplin’s 1940 classic “The Great Dictator” in conjunction with a few scenes from their upcoming double-bill, Viktor Ullmann’s “The Emperor of Atlantis” and Carl Orff’s “The Clever One.”
As part of COT’s Viewpoints series, the satirical film will conclude with a discussion about the power of satire lead by Anne Libera, the Director of Comedy Studies at The Second City, and live performance highlights from the upcoming double-bill.
Specially designed to enrich the audience experience, each Viewpoint is intended to stimulate conversation, enhance contextual and conceptual understanding, and further engage our curiosity. “The Great Dictator” has many similarities to COT’s spring productions as both the film and the operas use satire to explore themes of subversion and persecution during the Nazi regime.
“The Emperor of Atlantis” and “The Clever One” are about oppression and dictatorship, but composed under vastly different circumstances. Ullmann penned “The Emperor of Atlantis” from the camp-ghetto of Terezin, while Orff enjoyed privileged status as a leading German composer when he wrote “The Clever One.”
The historical tension between these two works is obvious. On one side is Ullmann, who vanished during the Third Reich; on the other side is Orff, whose “Carmina Burana” is performed every day and paid lip service to the Nazis.
Details - “The Great Dictator”
When: Sunday, June 1 at 12 p.m.
Where: Music Box Theatre (3733 N Southport Ave)
Cost: $8 in advance, $12 at the door, and $8 for seniors and students (Book tickets online or call 312-704-8414)
Details - “The Emperor of Atlantis” and “The Clever One”
Schedule: Saturday, May 31, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 4, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 6, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 8, 3:00 p.m.
Where: DePaul’s Merle Reskin Theatre (60 E. Balbo)
Cost: $35 - $125 (purchased online or call 312-704-8414)