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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



Announcing our 2013-2014 Theatrical Reading Season

We are proud and very excited to announce our lineup for our 19th season of free theatrical readings at our four venues: the Newberry Library, Chicago; the Niles Public Library, the Wilmette Public Library and the Highland Park Public Library. The season will open the weekend of October 18-20, 2013 with one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, The Merchant of Venice, directed by Michelle Shupe. Our multi-year exploration of Shakespeare's contemporaries continues the weekend of January 17-19, 2014 when we present Thomas Heywood's, The Fair Maid of the West.  Our post-Valentine's Day offering the weekend of February 21-23, 2014 will be Shakespeare's romantic comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed by former Artistic Director Jeff Christian.  The season will culminate the weekend of April 25-27, 2014 with All's Well That Ends Well, directed by Associate Artistic Director Barbara Zahora. 

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 
 
 
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The Lakeview Orchestra with The Shakespeare Project of Chicago
We are proud to announce that we will be collaborating with the Lakeview Orchestra on an evening of great music inspired by the works of Shakespeare.  Featuring scenes from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Romeo and Juliet" performed by actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago.  Coming May 6, 2014. 

http://www.lakevieworchestra.org/performance/music-shakespeare


Kevin Moore (WSBC) Interviews Peter Garino on "My Name Is Will."
Listen to the interview here.

My Name Is Will to play Park Ridge Public Library

The Shakespeare Project of Chicago will present its original adaptation of Shakespeare's Sonnets and Songs, My Name Is Will, at the Park Ridge Public Library on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 7:00PM.  Shakespeare's sonnets represent some of his most personal and emotionally charged writing.  Shakespeare Project Artistic Director Peter Garino has created a dramatic context for 35 of the sonnets, augmented by 11 songs from eight of Shakespeare's plays.  The distinctly American music of Chris Walz (who toured the world with The Special Consensus Bluegrass Band and currently teaches at the Old Town School of Folk Music) provides a dramatic counterpoint to the Bard's poetry and lyrics.  Join us for this musical celebration that features beautiful poetry, original music and four of your favorite Shakespeare Project actors.  Running time:  53 minutes.  A discussion will follow the performance.  Reservations are required by calling the Park Ridge Public Library at 847-825-3123.  Admission is FREE. Park Ridge Public Library, 20 S. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL

Peter Garino, Tony Dobrowolski and Barbara Zahora discuss "A Woman Killed With Kindness" by Thomas Heywood.


 

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Niles Public Library to Host 2012-2013 Theatrical Reading Season of The Shakespeare Project of Chicago
The Friends of The Niles Public Library will sponsor the 18th theatrical reading season of The Shakespeare Project of Chicago at the Niles Public Library, 6960 West Oakton Street, Niles, IL beginning in October 2012.  Four plays will be presented in a theatrical reading format by professional actors (members of Actors’ Equity Association) and will be offered free to the public on Friday evenings at 7:00PM.  Pre-registration to the performances will be required. 
Chris Hanusiak, President of the Friends of the Niles Public Library District, commented, “The Friends of the Niles Public Library are thrilled to bring professional classic theater to our district. Not only will these performances provide a free evening of great entertainment to our community, they will also give our young people an opportunity to enjoy live quality performances right in their backyard.”  The Shakespeare Project’s Artistic Director, Peter Garino, added, “We are delighted to be bringing our performances to the Niles Public Library and reaching this new audience.  And we are especially grateful to the Friends of the Niles Public Library for their support.”

The 2012-2013 season will open at the Niles Public Library on Friday, October 26 with one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, “Othello, The Moor of Venice.”  As part of The Project’s Shakespeare’s Contemporaries series, Thomas Heywood’s “A Woman Killed with Kindness” will be presented on January 18, 2013.  One of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, “Twelfth Night” follows on February 22.  The season concludes on April 19 with the rarely seen history play, “The Reign of King Edward III” attributed to Shakespeare and Thomas Kyd.  In addition to the Niles Public Library, The Shakespeare Project continues to offer its free theatrical reading season at the Newberry Library (Chicago) the Wilmette Public Library and the Highland Park Public Library.
The Shakespeare Project of Chicago is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency and has been providing free theatrical readings of the works of William Shakespeare and other great dramatists to Chicago area audiences since 1995. The Project places an artistic emphasis on the language of the plays and leverages the talents of professional actors. The company's Education Outreach program brings abridged adaptations of Shakespeare's plays (“50-Minute Romeo and Juliet”, “50-Minute Hamlet”) to middle schools, high schools and universities throughout the Chicago area.

Announcing our 2012-2013 Theatrical Reading Season
We are proud and very excited to announce our lineup for our 18th season of free theatrical readings at our four venues: the Newberry Library, Chicago; the Niles Public Library, the Wilmette Public Library and the Highland Park Public Library. The season will open the weekend of October 26-28, 2012 with one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, The Tragedy of Othello, Moor of Venice. Last produced by The Shakespeare Project in 2001, the reading will be directed by Artistic Director Peter Garino. Our multi-year exploration of Shakespeare's contemporaries continues the weekend of January 18-20, 2013 when we present Thomas Heywood's, A Woman Killed With Kindness.  Our post-Valentine's Day offering the weekend of February 22-24, 2013 will be Shakespeare's romantic comedy Twelfth Night, directed by former Artistic Director Jeff Christian.  The season will culminate the weekend of April 19-21, 2013 with the apocryphal history, The Reign of King Edward III, attributed to Shakespeare and Thomas Kyd. 

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 
 
 

 Shakespeare Project on WTMX
 Susan Wiencek of WTMX (101.9 FM) interviews Artistic Director Peter Garino and Associate Artistic Director Barbara Zahora on February 19, 2012.  Running time:  30 minutes.  Download Podcast here.

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 peter@shakespeareprojectchicago.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. 


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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."