Chicago Shakespeare announces 2010-2011 Season

Chicago Shakespeare - Taming of Shrew Taming of the Shrew, performed in the Courtyard Theater through June 2010


Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces their

2010-2011 Season


As Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) finishes the run of its acclaimed world-premiere family musical The Emperor’s New Clothes (our review ★★★½) this month, it looks forward to the season ahead. Further information for all of the productions listed below is available on the Theater’s website at or by calling the CST Box Office at 312.595.5600.


Mainstage Shows


September 15–November 21

  Romeo and Juliet
  By William Shakespeare 
Directed by
Gale Edwards
In the
Courtyard Theater
  Opening the 2010/11 Subscription Series, world-renowned Australian director Gale Edwards stages William Shakespeare’s iconic romantic tragedy in her CST debut. Edwards, whose work has been seen at the Royal Shakespeare Company and in theaters across America, has assembled a talented ensemble including Canada’s Dora Award winner Jeff Lillico and Joy Farmer-Clary in the title roles. CST veterans returning for Edwards’ production include: Ora Jones, last seen in Twelfth Night (our review ★★★½), as Nurse; Brendan Marshall-Rashid, who delivered Richmond’s memorable final soliloquy in Richard III (our review ★★★★), as Paris; Judy Blue as Lady Capulet; Steve Haggard as Benvolio; and David Lively as Friar Laurence, who previously played King Henry IV in CST’s Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, marking the Theater’s debut at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2006. An award-winning creative team joins Edwards for this landmark production, including Scenic Designer Brian Sidney Bembridge, Costume Designer Ana Kuzmanic, Lighting Designer John Culbert, Original Music and Sound Designer Lindsay Jones, Wig and Makeup Designer Melissa Veal, Properties Master Chelsea Meyers, Fight Director Rick Sordelet and Verse Coach Barbara Robertson.
Jeff Lillico and Joy Farmer-Clary will play the title roles in Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Romeo and Juliet from September 15–November 21, 2010.  Photo by Peter Bosy.Jeff Lillico and Joy Farmer-Clary will play the title roles in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Romeo and Juliet from September 15–November 21, 2010.  Photo by Peter Bosy.



January 5 – March 6, 2011

  As You Like It
  By William Shakespeare 
Directed by
Gary Griffin 
In the
Courtyard Theater
  CST Associate Artistic Director Gary Griffin directs Shakespeare’s beloved pastoral comedy set in the magical Forest of Arden. This season marks Griffin’s ten-year anniversary with CST, an illustrious history that includes his acclaimed CST Olivier and Jeff Award-winning Sondheim musicals and productions of Private Lives (review ★★★) and Amadeus.


April 13 – June 12, 2011

  The Madness of George III
  By Alan Bennett
Directed by Penny Metropolus
In the Courtyard Theater
  The three-play Subscription Series concludes with The Madness of George III by Olivier and Tony Award-winning playwright Alan Bennett (The History Boys). This masterpiece of royal intrigue about a monarch’s slide into insanity will be directed by Penny Metropolus, whose work has been seen for nearly two decades at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The production marks Metropolus’ return to CST, where she staged The Two Gentlemen of Verona in 2000.

World’s Stage  and   CST Family

Below the Fold:  World’s Stage productions from Scotland and Ireland, and a CST export to Australia. Additional CST Family programming includes an abridged Shakespeare production and family concerts.


Chicago Shakes - Black Watch 2 Chicago Shakes - Cripple of Inishmaan 1
Chicago Shakes - Funk it Up 1 Chicago Shakes - Black Watch 4

CPS Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet

October 29 and 30, 2010 in the Courtyard Theater

CPS Shakespeare! is Chicago Shakespeare’s annual fully staged Chicago public high school production. This year, a 30-member ensemble of teachers and students—representing 10 high schools from across the city—will perform a 60-minute adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet on the same set used for CST’s professional production.


The Carnival of the Animals and The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant

November 6 and 7, 2010 in the Courtyard Theater
In association with The Chicago Chamber Musicians

Chicago Shakespeare and Grammy-finalist Chicago Chamber Musicians present their ninth annual concert collaboration, a CST Family event designed to introduce families and children to the joys of live performance. Between concerts performed at10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. each day, musicians will be available for autographs and young performers will demonstrate their craft and answer questions about the featured instruments.


Chicago Shakes - Funk it Up 2Funk It Up About Nothin’

January 21–February 13, 2011 Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare
On tour in Australia February–April 2011
In partnership with Richard Jordan Productions Ltd. and Merrigong Theatre Company

Chicago Shakes’ award-winning Funk It Up About Nothin’—an exuberant hip-hop "ad-rap-tation" of Shakespeare’sMuch Ado About Nothing—will embark on a ten-week tour of Australia as part of CST’s World’s Stage. The tour will be preceded by an engagement at CST, where Co-creators and Directors GQ and JQ (The Q Brothers) premiered the show in 2008, garnering an Ensemble Jeff Award.


Short Shakespeare! Macbeth

January 22–March 5, 2011 in the Courtyard Theater

In this 75-minute abridged production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Director and Adaptor David H. Bell uses a theatrical, percussive world of swords, sound and the supernatural to make Shakespeare’s language come alive for the CST Family Series. The production will play Saturdays at 11 a.m.


Chicago Shakes - Cripple of Inishmaan 2Ireland’s Druid Theatre Company presents

The Cripple of Inishmaan

March 15–27, 2011 in the Courtyard Theater

Druid Theatre Company returns to CST’s World’s Stage with its celebrated production of The Cripple of Inishmaan by Tony Award-winning playwright Martin McDonagh (The Pillowman). In this darkly comic story staged by Druid Artistic Director Garry Hynes, the sleepy town of Inishmaan and its residents are electrified by the arrival of a Hollywood film crew making a documentary. "Cripple" Billy Claven vies for a part in the film and gets a shot at stardom.

National Theatre of Scotland presents

 Black Watch

Named the "#1 Theatrical Event of the Year" by The New York Times, Black Watch is an environmental, intensely physical production exploring the legendary Scottish regiment. The Armory will set the scene for this World’s Stage production incorporating stories based on playwright Gregory Burke‘s interviews with former soldiers who served in Iraq. The production is directed by John Tiffany, associate director of National Theatre of Scotland, with movement by Steven Hoggett, co-founder and artistic director of Frantic Assembly (London), whose choreography for Green Day’s American Idiot is now playing on Broadway.

  Chicago Shakes - Black Watch 3


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