Ron Orbach, Tim Kazurinsky Set For CST's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announced today casting for its 25th Anniversary Season production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by CST Associate Artistic Director Gary Griffin (CST's Follies, Broadway's The Color Purple) and featuring a celebrated company of artists that includes stage and screen actor Ron Orbach as Nick Bottom, former Saturday Night Live funnyman Tim Kazurinsky as Peter Quince, and veteran CST actors Tracy Michelle Arnold as Hippolyta/Titania and Timothy Edward Kane as Theseus/Oberon. Performing the role of Puck is Elizabeth Ledo.
Chicago Shakespeare Theater's A Midsummer Night's Dream runs February 7 through April 8, 2012 in CST's Courtyard Theater. Tickets are on sale now for $44–$75 with special discounts available for groups of 10 or more. All patrons receive a 40% discount on guaranteed parking in Navy Pier garages. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Box Office at 312.595.5600 or visit the Theater's website at www.chicagoshakes.com.
At Chicago Shakespeare, his artistic home, Gary Griffin has moved seamlessly from staging the great musicals of Stephen Sondheim's canon to William Shakespeare's iconic tales. After last year's celebrated CST production of As You Like It, Griffin directed this fall's critically acclaimed Follies—and now, he takes on Shakespeare's hilarious and sexy comedy. Griffin's A Midsummer Night's Dream comes to life in a new age of self discovery. Sigmund Freud has introduced the Interpretation of Dreams—and Shakespeare's forest becomes a playground of the subconscious.
Performing the role of Nick Bottom in Griffin's production is Broadway and television actor Ron Orbach, whose credits include the Broadway and ChicaGo Productions of Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor, as well as Amos Hart in the first national tour of Chicago (Jeff Award and LA Ovation Award nomination). Appearing in the role of Peter Quince is former Saturday Night Live cast member Tim Kazurinsky, who got his start at Chicago's The Second City and played a recurring role in the Police Academy film series. Returning to CST are three-time Jeff Award nominee Tracy Michelle Arnold, performing the role of Hippolyta/Titania after her acclaimed turn as Amanda in Gary Griffin's CST production of Private Lives, and Chicago favorite Timothy Edward Kane, appearing as Theseus/Oberon. Kane's numerous CST credits include Artistic Director Barbara Gaines' epic Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 at CST and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Elizabeth Ledo, performing the role of Puck, appeared in Griffin's acclaimed production of As You Like It last season.
Additional actors returning to Chicago Shakespeare for A Midsummer Night's Dream are Richard Manera as Snug, Michael Aaron Lindner as Snout, Matt Schwader as Demetrius, Rod Thomas as Starveling, Andrew Truschinski as Lysander and Kurt Ehrmann as Egeus. Making their CST debuts are Laura Huizenga as Helena, Christina Nieves as Hermia, Sean Parris as Philostrate, Levenix Riddle as Flute and ensemble member Evan Michalic.