Barbara Gaines News

Oscar Award-Winning SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Comes to Chicago ShakespeareOscar Award-Winning SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Comes to Chicago Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) brings to the stage one of the most popular romantic films of all time, Shakespeare in Love-in an enchanting, music-filled theatrical event staged by acclaimed director Rachel Rockwell. Based on the Academy Award-winner for Best Picture with screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, Shakespeare in Love is adapted for the stage by Tony and Olivier Award-winner Lee Hall. Culminating the Theater's 30th Anniversary Season, this high-spirited romantic comedy is magnificently rendered onstage in the magical intimacy of Chicago Shakespeare's Courtyard Theater, April 15-June 11, 2017. (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre presents World Premiere CommissionChicago Shakespeare Theatre presents World Premiere Commission
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

Chicago Shakespeare presents the world premiere of The Book of Joseph, a new play by award-winning playwright Karen Hartman that chronicles three generations of the Hollander family. Richard Hollander was devastated when his parents were killed in an accident. While cleaning out their attic, he discovered a suitcase of letters written in Polish and German during World War II by a family he never knew-his father's mother, three sisters, and their husbands and children-depicting day-to-day life under the most painful of circumstances in occupied Poland. Richard went on to discover that at the time the letters were written, his own father, Joseph, was fighting the United States government to avoid deportation and death. (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces cast and Creative Team for Short Shakespeare! ROMEO AND JULIETChicago Shakespeare Theater announces cast and Creative Team for Short Shakespeare! ROMEO AND JULIET
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces the cast and creative team for Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet, a 75-minute abridgment of William Shakespeare's classic tale of true love found-and tragically lost. Adapted and directed by Marti Lyons and featuring a dynamic ensemble cast, the production speaks to today's young people about their own lives. In addition to public performances on Saturdays, this production welcomes 1,000 students each day during its five-week run in the Courtyard Theater, followed by an extensive tour to schools across the region through April 28, 2017. Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet will be performed for the public Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., February 25-March 25, 2017. (more...)

The Q Brothers' OTHELLO: THE REMIX Slates January Closing Off-BroadwayThe Q Brothers' OTHELLO: THE REMIX Slates January Closing Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2016

The Q Brothers' Othello: The Remix, presented by John Leguizamo, written, composed and directed by GQ and JQ and developed with Rick Boynton, will play its final performance on Sunday, January 15th, 2017. (more...)

Francis Guinan and Sean Fortunato to Lead THE BOOK OF JOSEPH World Premiere at Chicago ShakespeareFrancis Guinan and Sean Fortunato to Lead THE BOOK OF JOSEPH World Premiere at Chicago Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2016

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces the cast and creative team for the world premiere of The Book of Joseph, a new play by award-winning playwright Karen Hartman chronicling three generations of the Hollander family in a sweeping story that spans history from occupied Poland to present-day America. Directed by CST Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and developed with Creative Producer Rick Boynton, The Book of Joseph debuts in the theater Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, January 29-March 5, 2017. (more...)

Alison Vesely of First Folio Theatre Dies at the Age of 59Alison Vesely of First Folio Theatre Dies at the Age of 59
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

Alison C. Vesely, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of First Folio Theatre, passed away Friday at the age of 59 of ovarian cancer. (more...)

Yearlong Shakespeare 400 Chicago Festival Welcomes Estimated 1.1 MillionYearlong Shakespeare 400 Chicago Festival Welcomes Estimated 1.1 Million
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

Shakespeare 400 Chicago, the yearlong festival marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, will wrap up a dynamic year of programming with a full calendar of events in December, having inspired an estimated 1.1 million people to take part in 863 events at 231 locations across the city of Chicago. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

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DOWNTON ABBEY's Robert Bathurst to Star in KING CHARLES III at Chicago Shakespeare TheaterDOWNTON ABBEY's Robert Bathurst to Star in KING CHARLES III at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2016

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces the cast and creative team for the Chicago premiere of Mike Bartlett's new West End and Broadway sensation King Charles III, directed by Gary Griffin as part of the Theater's 30th Anniversary Season. (more...)

Gene Weygandt Will Star in UNCLE PHILIP'S COAT at Greenhouse Theater CenterGene Weygandt Will Star in UNCLE PHILIP'S COAT at Greenhouse Theater Center
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

Greenhouse Theater Center will continue its popular Solo Celebration! series with the Chicago premiere of UNCLE PHILIP'S COAT, Matty Selman's hilarious and heartbreaking show about a Jewish man's search for his place in his family's history, starring veteran Broadway and Chicago actor and three-time Jeff Award-winner Gene Weygandt. (more...)

350 High School Students to Unite in BATTLE OF THE BARD Shakespeare Slam350 High School Students to Unite in BATTLE OF THE BARD Shakespeare Slam
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) joins forces with Chicago Youth Shakespeare (CYS) to engage 350 high school students from 40 public, private and parochial schools across the region in the first annual Battle of the Bard (BOTB)-inaugurated as part of the yearlong Shakespeare 400 Chicago. (more...)

Shakespeare 400 Chicago and Navy Pier Centennial Presents UNDREAMED SHORESShakespeare 400 Chicago and Navy Pier Centennial Presents UNDREAMED SHORES
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces the debut of a new collaboration with acclaimed artistic collective one step at a time like this entitled undreamed shores, a solo pedestrian micro-journey along Navy Pier. The coincidence of Shakespeare's legacy celebration, Shakespeare 400 Chicago, and Navy Pier's Centennial Anniversary in 2016 has inspired CST's third partnership with the Melbourne-based artists, who astonished audiences and critics alike with the large-scale urban journeys Since I Suppose (2014) and en route (2011). Now shifting their focus to a walk along the Theater's home on the shores of Lake Michigan, the new commission takes the shape of a contemplative voyage led by a voice-guided soundscape, which explores the possibility of discovering new perspectives in our everyday world. Specially crafted to be enjoyed by one person at a time, undreamed shores premieres in a limited engagement, October 7-23, 2016-with availability for only 200 travelers. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 10/02/2016Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 10/02/2016
by BWW - Oct 2, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/02/2016 for Chicago (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare Welcomes Deborah Vandergrift as General ManagerChicago Shakespeare Welcomes Deborah Vandergrift as General Manager
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) names Deborah Vandergift to the newly created position of General Manager. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 9/25/2016Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 9/25/2016
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/25/2016 for Chicago (more...)

DOWNTON ABBEY's Robert Bathurst to Star in KING CHARLES III at Chicago Shakespeare TheaterDOWNTON ABBEY's Robert Bathurst to Star in KING CHARLES III at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces the cast and creative team for the Chicago premiere of Mike Bartlett's new West End and Broadway sensation King Charles III, directed by Gary Griffin as part of the Theater's 30th Anniversary Season. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 9/18/2016Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 9/18/2016
by BWW - Sep 18, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/18/2016 for Chicago (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 9/11/2016Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 9/11/2016
by BWW - Sep 11, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/11/2016 for Chicago (more...)

UNCLE PHILLIP'S COAT Stars Gene Weygandt at Greenhouse Theater CenterUNCLE PHILLIP'S COAT Stars Gene Weygandt at Greenhouse Theater Center
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

The Chicago Premiere of playwright Matty Selman's "Uncle Philip's Coat" will run at the Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln Ave) Nov. 27 - Dec. 31. Directed by Elizabeth Margoliusand starring Gene Weygandt (best known as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in "Wicked" in Chicago and on Broadway), "Uncle Philip's Coat" follows Matty on his humorous and heartfelt journey of personal discovery, sparked by his inheritance of a tattered coat from his eccentric Russian-Jewish immigrant uncle Philip.  (more...)

Culmination of Barbara Gaines' TUG OF WAR: CIVIL STRIFE Centerpiece of Shakespeare 400 Chicago CelebrationCulmination of Barbara Gaines' TUG OF WAR: CIVIL STRIFE Centerpiece of Shakespeare 400 Chicago Celebration
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) culminates Artistic Director Barbara Gaines' Tug of War with Civil Strife, where family divisions launch a country into civil war through Shakespeare's Henry VI, Parts 2 and 3 and into his notorious tragedy Richard III. (more...)

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