Chicago Shakespeare Announces 2014/15 Season

CST Family Productions Summer 2014
SEUSSICAL the Musical on Navy Pier
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM to Chicago neighborhoods
The centerpiece of Chicago Park District’s “Night Out in the Parks”

Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces eight productions of the upcoming 2014/15 Season, which includes four major Shakespearean titles, plus a sequel to Shakespeare’s epic tragedy and a world premiere musical based on a classic novel.

Affirming the Theater’s commitment to young audiences and Chicago communities, this summer FREE Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks, the centerpiece of Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks program, tours A Midsummer Night’s Dream throughout the City of Chicago. This summer’s family production in the Courtyard Theater on Navy Pier is Seussical, the musical created by the Tony Award® winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. The whimsical stories of Dr. Seuss are narrated by his best-known character, The Cat in the Hat.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s 2014/15 Season Calendar
July 5 – August 17, 2014 | Courtyard Theater
music by Stephen Flaherty lyrics by Lynn Ahrens book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty  co-conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle based on the works of Dr. Seuss  directed by Scott Weinstein  musical direction by Michael Mahler
The musical based on the stories created by children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) and narrated by his best-known character, The Cat in the Hat, Seussical seamlessly intertwines the characters, stories and themes from fourteen cherished Dr. Seuss classics, including Horton Hears a Who!, The One Feather Tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz, and Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!. Seussical is written by the Tony Award® winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island, My Favorite Year) who are currently represented on Broadway with Rocky, The Musical. The musical was co-conceived by Ahrens and Flaherty with Eric Idle (Monty Python and Spamalot).

A World’s Stage production from London
Shakespeare’s Globe
July 28, 29 & 30, 2014 | Courtyard Theater
by William Shakespeare
directed by Globe’s Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst
Shakespeare’s Globe embarks on a two-year, international tour, travelling to 205 countries around the globe with its production of Hamlet including only two U.S. engagements: Chicago Shakespeare and Washington, D.C.’s Folger Theatre. The production touches down in Chicago with a fresh version of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of deferred revenge that emphasizes the play’s gallows humor and celebrates the exuberance and invention of its language. A cast of eight actors will perform over two dozen roles in a brisk two hours and forty minutes. The New York Times applauded “a production that prizes efficiency, clarity, accessibility and above all energy.”

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
July and August 2014 | Free performances throughout Chicago
by William Shakespeare
directed by David H. Bell
The wildly popular Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks program brings William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, FREE FOR ALL, to neighborhood parks across Chicago. A magical forest filled with a host of some of Shakespeare’s most comedic characters make A Midsummer Night’s Dream one of his most beloved plays. When lovers cross with mischievous sprites in an enchanted forest, a series of mishaps occur and nothing is what it seems. Add to the mix a bevy of fumbling actors and chaos breaks loose until dawn breaks and all is once again right with the world. As the centerpiece to Chicago Park District’s “Night Out in the Parks” initiative, the free Shakespeare performances activate neighborhood parks and break down barriers to arts participation.

Sense and Sensibility
April 18 – June 7, 2015 | Courtyard Theater
based on the novel by Jane Austen book, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon directed by Barbara Gaines
Jane Austen’s particular genius for reflecting the human spirit has proven ageless. With her wit and intelligence, and range of expressions from soaring emotion to repressed feeling, a new musical brings us into the world of the Dashwood family. The heartwarming tale focuses on two sisters as bound by their love for each other as they are conflicted in their different natures—and their notions of true love. This new musical will bring fresh voice and depth of feeling to an intimate family story in a period-perfect production.

Up and Coming at Chicago Shakespeare

February 6 – March 23, 2014 | Courtyard Theater
book by Arthur Laurents | music by Jule Styne | lyrics by Stephen Sondheim directed by Gary Griffin
This great American musical was inspired by memoirs of the famous strip-tease artist Gypsy Rose Lee and features her larger-than-life, domineering stage mother. Under the direction of acclaimed Sondheim interpreter Gary Griffin, Madam Rose struggles to live out her dreams through her daughters’ careers during the waning years of the vaudeville circuit.

Road Show
March 13 – May 4, 2014 | Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare
music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim | book by John Weidman directed by Gary Griffin
Constantly reinventing themselves to achieve success in the first part of the twentieth century, the legendary brothers Addison and Wilson Mizner embark on a musical journey that spans decades. Traversing America from Alaska to Florida, the brothers muscle through “get-rich-quick-schemes” that explore the many sides of the American Dream.

A World’s Stage presentation from Cornwall, England Kneehigh’s
Tristan & Yseult
March 30 – April 13, 2014 | Courtyard Theater
writers: Carl Grose and Anna Maria Murphy  adapted and directed by Emma Rice
The twelfth-century poem, transformed into a twenty-first century theater production, tells the story of a love triangle that envelops an Irish beauty, a Cornish king and a French knight. Reclaiming Cornwall’s oldest love story, this audacious British company brings Kneehigh’s brand of cheeky humor and Wagnerian intensity with a blend of comedy, live music, grand passion and tender truths.

Henry V
April 29 – June 15, 2014 | Courtyard Theater
by William Shakespeare
directed by Christopher Luscombe
Shakespeare’s epic history play filled with rallies to battle and wartime crises tells the legendary coming-of-age story of the charismatic monarch. The play that launched CST on the rooftop of a pub in 1986 will receive its first staging in the Courtyard Theater on Navy Pier, revealing the story behind the young king and celebrating the power of language to summon battlefields and ignite souls to action.

Tickets and subscriptions for Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s 2014/15 Season go on sale later this month. For more information on purchasing tickets, visit the Theater’s website. Chicago Shakespeare Theater offers a broad selection of affordable tickets providing opportunities for a diverse audience to interact with the Theater in different ways ranging from season subscription packages with low-priced, preview series and discounted family subscriptions, to accessibly-priced, family-friendly productions, discounts for student groups and tickets for young professionals for as little as $20.

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