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Announcing our 20th Anniversary Season (2014-2015)
The Shakespeare Project of Chicago is proud to announce the plays for its 20th Anniversary Season (2014-2015). Four of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies will be presented as well as a Jacobean tragedy by Thomas Middleton. The season will open the weekend of Oct. 24-26, 2014 with Shakespeare's epic tragedy, "King Lear", regarded by many as his greatest dramatic achievement. Artistic Director Peter Garino will direct. A double-bill of The Shakespeare Project's education outreach productions will be featured Jan. 16-18, 2015 when "50-Minute Hamlet" and "50-Minute Romeo and Juliet" share the stage. "50-Minute Hamlet," now in its 12th year of production is adapted and directed by Jeff Christian. "50-Minute Romeo and Juliet," in its fourth year of production, is adapted by Barbara Zahora, Michelle Shupe and Peter Garino and directed by Barbara Zahora. One man's quest for complete power, abetted by the ambitions of his ruthless spouse takes center stage in "Macbeth" which will be presented Feb. 27 – Mar. 1, 2015, directed by Shakespeare Project founding member David Skidmore. The season concludes the weekend of Apr. 24-26, 2015 with Thomas Middleton's Jacobean drama, "The Revenger's Tragedy," a graphic examination of the consequences of immorality and excess in the Italian court. Peter Garino directs.
Performances will be given on Friday evenings at 7:00PM at the Niles Public Library, on Saturdays at 10:00AM at the Newberry Library and 2:00PM at the Wilmette Public Library. The Sunday performance at the Highland Park Public Library is at 2:00PM. An introduction to each play will commence 15 minutes prior to each performance. Each performance is followed by a discussion with the cast and creative team. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. The Shakespeare Project of Chicago has been providing free performances of the works of William Shakespeare and other great dramatists to Chicago area audiences since 1995. The Project's presentations place an artistic emphasis on the language of the plays and leverage the talents of professional actors, members of Actors' Equity Association. The company's educational programs bring The World in Words to high schools and universities through abbreviated adaptations of Shakespeare's plays and interactive actor-led workshops. Location maps and further information are available at www.shakespeareprojectchicago.org
Peter Garino, Tony Dobrowolski and Barbara Zahora discuss "A Woman Killed With Kindness" by Thomas Heywood.
Shakespeare Project on Comcast Community Connection
Peter Garino and David Skidmore are interviewed by Cindy Bravos on Comcast Community Connection on January 12, 2012.
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"50-Minute Romeo and Juliet" 2012-2013 Tour of Schools
Bookings are now being accepted for the 2012-2013 school year for The Project's education outreach offering "50-Minute Romeo and Juliet". Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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The Shakespeare Project of Chicago Announces New Board Member
The Board of Directors of The Shakespeare Project of Chicago is pleased to announce the appointment of a new board member, Regina M. Schwartz, who teaches English literature and Law at Northwestern University and is a former president of the Milton Society of America. In 2010, The Shakespeare Project produced Schwartz’ play of John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” at the Newberry Library as part of the Milton Project. David Skidmore, President of The Shakespeare Project’s Board of Directors, stated “We are thrilled to add Regina to our board because of her passion for Shakespeare, her incredible knowledge, and her love and appreciation for what we do.” Artistic Director Peter Garino added, “Regina will help the project’s goal of expanding our outreach to higher education institutions and connections to professional organizations with an interest in Elizabethan and Renaissance drama.” Prior to joining the faculty at Northwestern, Schwartz taught at Duke University for a decade. She is a recipient of Woodrow Wilson and Rockefeller Fellowships, and has been a scholar-in-residence at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Culture in Virginia. She also wrote the libretto for the new opera based on Milton's epic, "Losing Paradise," recently composed by the award-winning composer, John Eaton.
Download our 2010 Year-End Newsletter here.
The Shakespeare Project and Snow City Arts
Partnering with Snow City Arts (www.snowcityarts.org), The Shakespeare Project brought to life hospitalized children's "erasure poetry". After a performance of The Project's "50 Minute Hamlet" students at Children's Memorial and Stroger Hospitals worked with Snow City Arts' resident poet Eric Elshtain to tell their own stories by choosing select words from Hamlet's famous "to be or not to be" speech, and erasing the rest. The result is some very moving, personal poetry from some very courageous young people. Click on the link below to experience this moving presentation. www.shakespeareprojectchicago.org/snowcity
Barbara Zahora and Michelle Shupe discuss "Troilus and Cressida."