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Chicago Shakespeare Theater Presents Barbara Gaines' TUG OF WAR This SpringChicago Shakespeare Theater Presents Barbara Gaines' TUG OF WAR This Spring
by Louisa Brady - Apr 30, 2016

On the occasion of the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's legacy in 2016, Chicago Shakespeare Theater  (CST) prepares to begin an epic theatrical endeavor-Artistic Director Barbara Gaines' Tug of War, which distills six Shakespeare histories into two action-packed dramas. Adapted and directed by Gaines as the Theater's centerpiece of the yearlong Shakespeare 400 Chicago festival, the Tug of War saga traces the injustice and intrigues of war from the perspectives of both kings and common soldiers through two, six-hour marathon productions-Foreign Fire (Edward III, Henry V and Henry VI, Part 1) in the spring and Civil Strife (Henry VI, Parts 2 and 3 and Richard III) in the fall. Featuring some of Chicago's most celebrated actors, the dynamic ensemble cast of 19 performs over 100 characters throughout the electrifying drama. The musicality of Shakespeare's text is complemented with live music performances ranging from Bach and the blues, to contemporary pop and folk anthems. Songs from P!nk, Pete Townshend and Tim Buckley are accompanied onstage by a band of ensemble members on electric guitar, cello, keyboard, ukulele and percussion. Tug of War: Foreign Fire debuts on the Courtyard Theater stage for a limited run of only 18 performances, May 12-June 12, 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: Chicago Shakespeare Theater Hosts GALA 2016, Featuring Tony Winner Alan Cumming!Photo Flash: Chicago Shakespeare Theater Hosts GALA 2016, Featuring Tony Winner Alan Cumming!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) celebrated the global impact of Shakespeare with GALA 2016 at the Theater's home on Navy Pier on the 400th Anniversary of his death-April 23, 2016-a date which also marked the playwright's 452nd birthday. (more...)

'MARLOWE', WAR PAINT, JERUSALEM, TWELFTH NIGHT and More Among Summer Theatre Highlights in Chicago'MARLOWE', WAR PAINT, JERUSALEM, TWELFTH NIGHT and More Among Summer Theatre Highlights in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

The Chicago theater community will present a wide variety of plays and musicals, as well as dance and concert offerings this summer. In support, the League of Chicago Theatres will once again create a comprehensive Summer Theater Guide that will be available at hotels, theaters, events, and destinations across the Chicago area. (more...)

Scoop: ROSEWOOD on FOX - Wednesday, April 27, 2016Scoop: ROSEWOOD on FOX - Wednesday, April 27, 2016
by TV Scoop - Apr 25, 2016

Get all the scoop on ROSEWOOD, airing on FOX on Wednesday, April 27, 2016! (more...)

Chicago Will Celebrate Shakespeare's 400th Anniversary This MonthChicago Will Celebrate Shakespeare's 400th Anniversary This Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

In the midst of the world's largest yearlong celebration of Shakespeare bringing 850 events to more than 500,000 Chicagoans and visitors throughout 2016, Shakespeare 400 Chicago announces highlights for the 400thAnniversary of Shakespeare's death on April 23, 2016, a date which also marks the playwright's 452nd birthday. The world pays tribute to the playwright's remarkable legacy on this day--but nowhere with as much spirit as in Chicago. Culminating in a spectacular 'Celebration of Shakespeare' Fireworks display over Lake Michigan set to a Shakespeare-inspired score, Shakespeare takes center stage in two signature Shakespeare 400 Chicago events on April 23: Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago (more...)

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE and More Set for Chicago Shakespeare's 30th Anniversary SeasonSHAKESPEARE IN LOVE and More Set for Chicago Shakespeare's 30th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

On the heels of announcing the Theater's expansion with an innovative performance venue known as The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare and in the midst of a full calendar of programs around the yearlong Shakespeare 400 Chicago celebration, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson share the line-up for the Theater's 2016-17 Season. The twenty productions range from works inspired by Shakespeare and world premieres to standout performances by artists from around the globe. (more...)

The Q Brothers' OTHELLO: THE REMIX to Return as Highlight of Shakespeare 400 ChicagoThe Q Brothers' OTHELLO: THE REMIX to Return as Highlight of Shakespeare 400 Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) presents a highlight of Shakespeare 400 Chicago -The Q Brothers' 90-minute hip-hop adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy, OTHELLO: THE REMIX, spun out and lyrically rewritten over original beats. (more...)

YOU ON THE MOORS NOW to Launch The Hypocrites' 20th Anniversary Season; Lineup Announced!YOU ON THE MOORS NOW to Launch The Hypocrites' 20th Anniversary Season; Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

The Hypocrites has announced its 20th Anniversary Season, featuring five dynamic productions, including a world premiere musical adaptation and two Chicago premieres. The company is also thrilled to launch a new play development initiative, with its first-ever new play commissions. (more...)

Underscore Theatre to Premiere HAYMARKET: THE ANARCHIST'S SONGBOOKUnderscore Theatre to Premiere HAYMARKET: THE ANARCHIST'S SONGBOOK
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2016

?The true story of Chicago's infamous Haymarket massacre comes to life in Underscore Theatre Company's world premiere musical HAYMARKET: THE ANARCHIST'S SONGBOOK, with book and lyrics by Alex Higgin-Houser, music by David Kornfeld, directed by Elizabeth Margolius with music direction by Robert Ollis and Tyler Thompson. Commemorating the 130th anniversary of the deadly bombing and riot at Haymarket Square, this stirring new musical will play May 14 - June 12, 2016 at Chicago new performance venue, the Edge Theatre at 5451 N. Broadway in Chicago. (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare & Navy Pier to Construct New Theater Space on LakefrontChicago Shakespeare & Navy Pier to Construct New Theater Space on Lakefront
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2016

Chicago Shakespeare Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, Executive Director Criss Henderson and Board Chair Sheli Z. Rosenberg were joined by Navy Pier, Inc. CEO Marilynn Gardner and Board Chair William J. Brodsky as well as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel today to announce the creation of an innovative performance venue, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare. Construction on the theater begins this spring; Chicago Shakespeare plans to stage its first production in The Yard in the 2017-18 Season. (more...)

RSC Actor to Lead SANCHO: AN ACT OF REMEMBRANCE for Shakespeare 400 ChicagoRSC Actor to Lead SANCHO: AN ACT OF REMEMBRANCE for Shakespeare 400 Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) welcomes Oxford Playhouse's stirring SANCHO: AN ACT OF REMEMBRANCE, starring celebrated Royal Shakespeare Company actor Paterson Joseph, as a part of the yearlong Shakespeare 400 Chicago celebration. (more...)

Over 850 Events Across the Windy City Come Together for SHAKESPEARE 400 CHICAGOOver 850 Events Across the Windy City Come Together for SHAKESPEARE 400 CHICAGO
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

The Bard is back! Shakespeare 400 Chicago today announced the festival line-up for 2016, featuring 850 events on stages and in museums, restaurants, parks, schools and neighborhoods across Chicago. (more...)

Jackalope Theatre Company Welcomes New Artistic DirectorJackalope Theatre Company Welcomes New Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

Jackalope Theatre Company, the Edgewater-based theatre company currently in its 8th season, announces that Gus Menary will become its third artistic director, effective immediately. Menary had been serving in an interim capacity since March 2015. Additionally, longtime collaborators Paloma Nozicka and Corinne Bass have been named as Jackalope's newest company members. (more...)

Russian MEASURE FOR MEASURE to Kick Off Shakespeare 400 at Chicago ShakespeareRussian MEASURE FOR MEASURE to Kick Off Shakespeare 400 at Chicago Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2015

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) welcomes Cheek by Jowl and Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre's internationally acclaimed production of William Shakespeare's MEASURE FOR MEASURE to kick off the line-up for the yearlong Shakespeare 400 Chicago celebration. (more...)

James Vincent Meredith to Star in OTHELLO at Chicago Shakespeare; Cast Announced!James Vincent Meredith to Star in OTHELLO at Chicago Shakespeare; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2015

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces the full cast and creative team for Shakespeare's intimate tragedy of heartbreak and revenge, OTHELLO. (more...)

Mayor Emanuel Announces Largest Global Celebration Of Playwright's 400-Year Legacy In 2016: Shakespeare 400 ChicagoMayor Emanuel Announces Largest Global Celebration Of Playwright's 400-Year Legacy In 2016: Shakespeare 400 Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2015

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The Old Globe's 2016 Summer Season Will Include Steve Martin's METEOR SHOWER, Plus Kathleen Marshall-Helmed LOVE'S LABOR'S LOSTThe Old Globe's 2016 Summer Season Will Include Steve Martin's METEOR SHOWER, Plus Kathleen Marshall-Helmed LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST
by Nora Dominick - Oct 23, 2015

The Old Globe today shared its 2016 Summer Season, which will feature new and familiar works directed by four major American stalwarts. The season features the welcome return of Steve Martin (Bright Star) with the World Premiere of his new play Meteor Shower, an adult comedy, directed by Gordon Edelstein, in a co-production with Long Wharf Theatre, where he serves as Artistic Director. Paul Gordon's musical Sense and Sensibility will have its West Coast premiere, presented in association with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where it had its world premiere in February 2015, directed by CST Artistic Director Barbara Gaines. The Summer Shakespeare Festival will include Macbeth, directed by Brian Kulick, Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company, and Love's Labor's Lost, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago to Present TEN: A SEASON OF CREATIVE WOMEN, Now through 5/22Lyric Opera of Chicago to Present TEN: A SEASON OF CREATIVE WOMEN, Now through 5/22
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2015

CHICAGO - Lyric Opera of Chicago is proud to present a new exhibition TEN: A Season of Creative Women at Lyric, curated by Scott Marr and Michael Schoenig, at the Civic Opera House. The exhibit runs through May 22, 2016, over the course of Lyric's 61st season. (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare's SENSE AND SENSIBILITY Cast Recording Now AvailableChicago Shakespeare's SENSE AND SENSIBILITY Cast Recording Now Available
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2015

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces today the release of the Chicago Shakespeare cast recording of the highly acclaimed world premiere production Sense and Sensibility, a musical adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved novel, with book, music and lyrics by Tony Award-nominated composer Paul Gordon. (more...)

Chicago Lyric Opera's OPERATHON 2015 Raises Goal-Breaking Amount of MoneyChicago Lyric Opera's OPERATHON 2015 Raises Goal-Breaking Amount of Money
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2015

CHICAGO - OPERATHON 2015, Lyric Opera of Chicago's annual live-radio marathon fundraiser on 98.7WFMT and WFMT.com, celebrated its 36th anniversary by raising more than $500,000 during its 16-hour broadcast on Saturday, October 3. (more...)

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