Meet The Cast of Jeeves Intervenes!

ShawChicago Proudly Presents Jeeves Intervenes, following yet another of Bertie Wooster’s misadventures in avoiding marriage. Our all-star cast features all your favorite Shaw actors from around town! Check them out!

b94e3eb5-78c5-46ed-bd67-1575c446931aGary Alexander (Eustace) is very pleased to be back working with ShawChicago where he appeared earlier this season as Gunner in Misalliance.  Other recent SC shows include: Geneva, Major Barbara, The Importance of Being Earnest, Man and Superman, Saint Joan, James Barrie’s Quartets, Widowers’ Houses, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, and The Millionairess.  Also this fall, Gary was seen as Dennis Montague in the current season of Chicago Fire.  He appeared last season as Will in the hit comedy, The Book Club Play, at the 16th Street Theater and as Autolycus in Winter’s Tale for the Shakespeare Project of Chicago.  For SPC, he also created and directed Spooky Shakes for the Chicago Cultural Mile Association’s Halloween Happening in Millennium Park.  Other acting credits include: guest artist for Loyola University’s McElroy Shakespeare Celebration; King Lear, Fair Maid of the West, and Merchant of Venice for the Shakespeare Project; Drury Lane’s A Christmas Carol; the Goodman Theatre’s Binky Rudich; the Ravinia Festival’s Anyone Can Whistle, Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music, and the revue, The Music of Rodgers and Hart. He has appeared in leading roles with Light Opera Works (Carnival, Candide); and in Lion in Winter for Rising Moon; Vikings and Mirandolina at Noble Fool; and Burying the Bones at Stage Left. 

lydia-bergerLydia Berger Gray (Gertrude) is delighted to return to ShawChicago, where her credits include  Pygmalion (Eliza Doolittle), The Importance of Being Earnest (Gwendolyn), The Millionairess (Epifania Fitzfassenden), Arms and the Man (Louka), Candida  (Prossy),  Votes for Women, Paradise Lost (Libby), The Philanderer (Julia),  and let us not forget the sneezing Louise in Private Lives. Recent Chicago credits include Twelfth Night Short Shakes! and Shakespeare in the Parks (Maria), and The Amish Project, a one-woman show performed at First Folio Theatre, where Lydia is an artistic associate and has performed in numerous plays, including Jeeves Intervenes and Jeeves Takes a Bow (the Chicago premiers).  Other Chicago theatres worked with include Oak Park Festival Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Drury Lane, and Silk Road Rising, and regionally with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, as well as Artists’ Ensemble in Rockford, IL where Lydia performed in the world premiers Jeeves Intervenes, as well as Jeeves in Bloom and Jeeves Takes a Bow.  Many thanks to Margaret Raether who speaks Wodehouse so fluently, to Bob and all of ShawChicago, and to her husband, fellow ShawChicagoan, Christian Gray.

christian-grayChristian Gray (Bertie Wooster) happily returns to ShawChicago, where recent roles include Henry Higgins in Pygmalion, Don Juan in Don Juan in Hell, Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest, Bill Walker in Major Barbara, and Valentine in You Never Can Tell.   He is an Artistic Associate of First Folio Theatre, where previous roles include Edgar Allan Poe in The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe, Bertie Wooster in the Jeeves series, and recently Dr. Jack Seward in Dr. Seward’s Dracula.  He has performed with over 20 Chicago area companies including Court Theatre, Remy Bumppo, and Writers’ Theatre.  Regional credits include Fort Worth Shakespeare (TX), Kentucky Repertory, and Pennsylvania Stage Company.  He had four films premiere this year:  Sometimes It Rains (136 Films), Day 1 (Skibo Films: 2 Awards including Best Film – Geek Out Film Festival; 1 Tabloid Witch Award; Best Feature Award – Action on Film Los Angeles), Drifted (Boomstick Films), and The Judas Run (Sigsaly Entertainment). Other film/internet/commercial credits: Plastic (FPPI Films: Best Supporting Actor – Indie Horror Film Festival Award, Chicago Horror Film Festival Nomination), Reclamation (NTG Productions), Normal (Rule 42 Productions); a web series Classholes (Red City Productions); a television pilot The Blackwood Prophecies (J & R, Two 9 Productions); Horseshoe Casino, Stein Garden and Gifts, Sprint/Nextel (spec). Love to his wife, Lydia Berger Gray!

Jack_2772Jack Hickey (Sir Rupert Watlington-Pipps) is delighted to return this season after playing John Tarleton in Misalliance earlier this year. Last season, Jack appeared as William the Waiter in You Never Can Tell and the Russian Commissar in Geneva. Previously, Jack played Andrew Undershaft in the critically acclaimed, Major Barbara, The Devil in Don Juan in Hell, Alfred Doolittle in Pygmalion, Lickcheese in Widower’s Houses, as well as roles in Mrs. Warren’s ProfessionMan and Superman, St. Joan, Androcles and the Lion, Candida, The Philanderer, The Doctor’s Dilemma, The Apple Cart, and John Bull’s Other Island. Jack is the Artistic Director of the Oak Park Festival Theatre, and dividing his time between Shakespeare and Shaw is his idea of bliss. This summer he played Col. Pickering in Pygmalion, and Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew. Other acting roles at Oak Park include Sheriff Heck Tate To Kill A Mockingbird, King Claudius in Hamlet, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Charlie in Seascape, Michael (Equity Jeff Nomination) in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind, Falstaff in The History of King Henry the Fourth, Fluellen in Henry V, Teddy in Faith Healer, Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac. Jack is always happy to work with Robert Scogin.

doug-mackechnieDoug MacKechnie (Jeeves) returns to ShawChicago after appearing as Victor Prynne in Private Lives, Adolphus Cusins in Major Barbara, Jack Tanner in Man and Superman, the Earl of Warwick in Saint Joan and in multiple roles in Androcles and the Lion.  Outside Ruth Page, Doug has worked with the Shakespeare Project of Chicago and other recent appearances include The Gravedigger (First Folio), Menorca (16th Street), Lucinda’s Bed (Chicago Dramatists), Slaphappy (Beat The Jester Productions), and Unnecessary Farce (BoarsHead Theater; Lansing, MI) – all world premieres. Other Chicagoland credits include A Christmas Story (Theater Wit); That Championship Season, Pitz & Joe (Red Hen Productions); Polish Joke, Don’t Drink the Water (Noble Fool); Uncle Fred In the Springtime, Taking Steps, She Stoops To Conquer (City Lit); Translations (Seanachaí); An American Daughter (Organic); Principia Scriptoriae (Circle); Artist Descending A Staircase, How the Other Half Loves, Noises Off (Broutil & Frothingham Productions); and countless readings at Chicago Dramatists, where he’s been an Associate Artist since 2008. Doug is an MFA graduate of The Theatre School, DePaul University. Proud member of Actors’ Equity.

mary-michell-cropped_headshot-2-2Mary Michell (Aunt Agatha) appeared last season as Amanda in Private Lives and Mrs. Clandon in You Never Can Tell. Other roles for ShawChicago include Lady Britomart in Major Barbara, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, Dona Ana in Don Juan in Hell, Mrs. Whitfield in Man and Superman, Mary Todd Lincoln in Look Away, and Mrs. Higgins in Pygmalion. She has performed with ShawChicago since 1999, when she appeared as Mrs. Erlynne in Lady Windermere’s Fan. She is an Artistic Associate at Oak Park Festival Theatre, where she has appeared in PygmalionSeascape, Dancing at Lughnasa and Faith Healer. Other Chicago credits include work with The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, Bailiwick Repertory, Chicago Dramatists, Drury Lane, The Harper Theater, Illinois Theatre Center, The Ivanhoe Theatre and The Academy Playhouse. Regional work includes What the Butler Saw at the Arena Stage in Washington D.C; The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Play It Again, Sam at Actors Theatre of Louisville; A Man for All Seasons and Bedtime Story at Mummers Theatre in Oklahoma City; Butterflies are Free at Cherry County Playhouse. Mary performed the narration to Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music to a Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Chicago Symphony. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

 

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ShawChicago Proudly Presents: JEEVES INTERVENES

ShawChicago Proudly Presents: JEEVES INTERVENES

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CHICAGO—ShawChicago continues its 2016/17 season, Dysfunctional Family Fun, with Margaret Raether’s adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse’s British comedy, Jeeves Intervenes. The production runs November 26 through December 19 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60610.

Poor little rich boy Bertram ‘Bertie’ Wooster is in a panic: his imperial aunt, Agatha Spencer-Gregson, is in town. The iron lady has arranged his marriage with the perfect woman, the Honourable Gertrude Winklesworth-Bode. Gertrude loves philosophy. Bertie is a party animal. Aunt Agatha loves having her way. Gertrude is so perfect and lovely and refined that Aunt Agatha intends to cancel Bertie’s trip to the French Riviera and drag him to the family reunion with his newfound ‘darling.’ That is, after Gertrude thoroughly housetrains him. Horrified at losing his bachelorhood, Bertie wants to make a run for it

It’s all up to Jeeves, Bertie’s genius manservant, to save the day.

WHO: ShawChicago Theater Company
WHAT: Margaret Raether’s adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves Intervenes
WHERE: 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60610
WHEN: November 26,  2PM
November 27, 2 PM
November 28, 2 PM
December 3, 2 PM
December 4, 2 PM
December 5, 7 PM
December 10, 2 PM
December 11, 2 PM
December 12, 7 PM
December 17, 2 PM
December 18, 2 PM
December 19, 7 PM

TICKETS: $35.00 General, $30.00 Senior Citizen, $20.00 Students. Group rates available. Tickets may be purchased at www.shawchicago.org or over the phone at 312-587-7390.

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About Margaret Raether
Margaret Raether first encountered P. G. Wodehouse in the form of a battered secondhand paperback of The Code of the Woosters when she was in college. This, as Bogart once famously observed, was “the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” A founding member of Artists’ Ensemble Theatre (Rockford, IL), most of Ms. Raether’s plays have debuted either at Artists’ Ensemble or at New American Theater, where she spent two seasons as Playwright in Residence. Her plays are pounded out late at night while peering around a cat that likes to sit in front of her monitor.

Ms. Raether’s trilogy of P. G. Wodehouse adaptations have been described as “bright and engaging as a garden party in May” (Chicago Tribune), “as dry as a well-made martini and equally potent” (Herald Tribune), and her writing “wonderfully captures the late British humorist’s renowned wit” (Seattle Times).

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 About ShawChicago

ShawChicago is a professional non-profit theater company founded in 1994 with a mission to present the plays of George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries as concert readings. Operating under an Actors’ Equity contract, ShawChicago celebrates its 23rd season, Dysfunctional Family Fun. The company presents special afternoon performances for senior citizens and morning performances for students throughout the Chicagoland area. ShawChicago also offers outreach performances across the city and its suburbs, providing theater to libraries, senior living communities and schools. ShawChicago is a theater company in residence at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts.

 

Marcia and Tim Kazurinsky Talk Acting!

Marcia and Tim Kazurinsky Talk Acting!

Saturday Night Live and Broadway actor Tim Kazurinsky (recently in the national tour of Wicked as the Wonderful Wizard of Oz) and Broadway actor Marcia Kazurinsky live in Chicago. You’ve seen them both on our stage. Now, they will share it at the AMERICAN PREMIERE of Shakespeare’s Legacy.

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Q: Is this your first time sharing the stage? If not, which other productions have you both performed in?
Tim Kazurinsky:
The only other time we worked together was in Chicago Shakespeare Project’s production of A Woman Killed with Kindness.
Marcia Kazurinsky: But we spent a number of years putting shows together at our kids’ grade school.  Tim wrote very funny original musicals and I did the choreography.  They turned into quite legendary productions.

Q: What are you both most looking forward to?
T: Gales of laughter from the audience. But I’d settle for chuckles and an occasional guffaw.
M: I’m looking forward to getting more laughs in this production than Tim!  At least I’m going to try.

Q: What is your process for preparing for a performance?
T: I usually turn to Olivier or Gielgud for inspiration.  But for this role,  I’ve turned to Terry Thomas.
M: Well, for me it was reading the script many times and looking up words I didn’t understand, and then reciting the lines about a hundred times.  Then it was rehearsing with Bob Scogin who is a genius at pulling out every meaning, and giving you such a clear picture of your character.  Then I set up two music stands in our basement to simulate the stage experience at ShawChicago, where your focus is always straight out to the audience…that takes getting used to.  Then, of course, I had to decide what to wear…and tell Tim what to wear.

Q: Who are your favourite Shakespeare characters?
T: As you might imagine, I have a soft spot for the Fools:  Feste…Bottom…Titus Andronicus…
M: I honestly don’t have a “favorite” Shakespeare character.  I’m still meeting some of them for the first time.

Q: Which are your favourite Shakespeare plays?
T: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Julius Caesar.
M: I think they would be Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.

Q: What bit of advice would you give to young actors?
T: Do what you really love.  And find a day job with a boss who loves the arts.  (So he’ll let you do it when the time comes.)
M: I would say “If you love the theatre, and acting, just keep at it…go to plays, study acting, keep learning.  Even if life takes you on another path or you can’t make a living in theatre, you can make a life in theatre.”

Q: Anything you’d like to tell the audience?
T: Thank you for your continuing support of live theatre.  Seriously.  None of this could happen without you.
M: ENJOY THE SHOW!  And feel free to laugh!

 

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Meet The Cast of Shakespeare’s Legacy and Shakespeare’s People!

Meet The Cast of Shakespeare’s Legacy and Shakespeare’s People!

BARBARA ZAHORA previously directed for ShawChicago for a second time with Misalliance, having made her directorial debut with the company last season with Noel Coward’s Private Lives.  Over the last few years she has been seen regularly on the ShawChicago stage, most recently as Gloria Clandon in You Never Can Tell. Other directing credits include the upcoming Shrewish (Barbara’s original adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew) for Artemisia Theatre; The Udmurts for Equity Library Theatre’s All Access series; The Winter’s Tale, 50 Minute Romeo and Juliet, All’s Well that Ends Well, Troilus and Cressida, and The Merry Wives of Windsor for Shakespeare Project of Chicago; and Something Shaw and Spoon River: Coming Home for the Chicago College of Performing Arts. As an actor, Barbara’s stage credits include All My Sons and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (American Players Theatre); Hamlet, Heartbreak House, A Little Night Music, and Misalliance (Writers’ Theatre); Dancing at Lughnasa and Mrs. Coney (Oak Park Festival Theatre); The Country Girl (Illinois Theatre Center); Marionette Macbeth, The Moliere Comedies, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Richard II, The School for Scandal, and All’s Well That Ends Well (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Lady Windermere’s Fan (Northlight Theatre); A Christmas Carol, Wit (Goodman Theatre); Hard Times (Lookingglass Theatre); and many appearances with the Shakespeare Project of Chicago, where she is the current Associate Artistic Director.  She is a visiting assistant professor at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts, is represented by Paonessa Talent, and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

DOUG MACKECHNIE was last seen on ShawChicago’s stage as Victor Prynne in Private Lives. Previously, MacKechnie appeared as Adolphus Cusins in Major Barbara, Jack Tanner in Man and Superman, the Earl of Warwick in Saint Joan and in multiple roles in Androcles and the Lion.  Doug was seen most recently as Dr. Antrobus and the Witchfinder in Shakespeare Project of Chicago’s benefit performance of Tom Stoppard’s Darkside and other recent appearances include The Gravedigger (First Folio), Menorca (16th Street), Lucinda’s Bed (Chicago Dramatists), Slaphappy (Beat The Jester Productions), and Unnecessary Farce (BoarsHead Theater; Lansing, MI) – all world premieres. Other Chicagoland credits include A Christmas Story (Theater Wit); That Championship SeasonPitz & Joe (Red Hen Productions); Polish JokeDon’t Drink the Water (Noble Fool); Uncle Fred In the SpringtimeTaking Steps, She Stoops To Conquer (City Lit); Translations (Seanachaí); An American Daughter (Organic); Principia Scriptoriae (Circle); Artist Descending A StaircaseHow the Other Half LovesNoises Off (Broutil & Frothingham Productions); and countless readings at Chicago Dramatists, where he’s been an Associate Artist since 2008. Doug is an MFA graduate of The Theatre School, DePaul University. Proud member of Actors’ Equity.

RICHARD MARLATT has been a part of ShawChicago since 1996, playing countless roles over these many years.  Last season he was Sir Orpheus in Geneva, and before that The Commander in Don Juan in Hell, and Peter Shirley in Major Barbara.  This summer he was “Mr. Banks” in The Barn Theatre’s production of Mary Poppins in Michigan.  Among other regional credits, Richard has played Titus in Titus Andronicus, Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew, and Trinculo in The Tempest with Nebraska Shakespeare, as well as Claudius and The Ghost in Hamlet with Cincinnati Shakespeare, Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, King Henry in Lion in Winter, and roles in Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  He’s also played Torvald in A Doll’s House (Madison Repertory), Jules in Sunday in the Park With George (Ravinia), Selznick in Moonlight and Magnolias (Human Race Theatre), The Chairman in Mystery of Edwin Drood (Noble Fool), and Harold Hill in The Music Man, Tito in Lend Me a Tenor, Alan Swann in My Favorite Year, Tateh in Ragtime, Todd in Unnecessary Farce, Philippe in Heroes, Hamlet, Ebenezer Scrooge, Sherlock Holmes, Don Quixote, and Count Dracula.  He was Morgan in The Drawer Boy with Nebraska Repertory, and appeared there in Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, among other plays, including the premier of his one-man play Abraham Lincoln Carved in Stone.  Richard is an Associate Artist with Chicago Dramatists, performing in numerous plays with the company since 1991, and he has also worked with Paramount Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Meadow Brook Theatre, The Goodman, Marriott Theatre, First Folio, Drury Lane, Chicago Shakespeare, and Peninsula Players, among others.  He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA, and his training includes work with The Royal National Theatre of Great Britain Acting Studio in London and The National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York.  Richard has worked as a Director as well, has appeared in commercials for television and radio, and holds a Fine Arts Degree as an Actor and Director in the Theatre.

A longtime resident of Chicago, MELANIE KELLER adores her community and her urban family of artists. She’s spent some time away from Chicago over the years but is always happy to return home. Recent Chicago credits include productions at Northlight Theater and the Goodman Theatre. She is a proud member of both First Folio Theatre and Signal Ensemble Theatre. With Signal, she won a Jeff Award for Best Actress her performance in East of Berlin and The Russian Play, and was nominated for a Jeff Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Weir. Regionally, she has worked at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival (Wilde Award nomination), Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre and Peninsula Players.

Melanie developed a love for Shakespeare early on and had the distinction of being selected as the only American to train at the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training in 2007-2008 at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada. As a member of the Acting Company, she appeared in Romeo & Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Des McAnuff’s production of Caesar and Cleopatra, starring Christopher Plummer. Melanie also trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and Illinois Wesleyan University.

MARCIA KAZURINSKY was last seen at ShawChicago as Mrs. Baines in Major Barbara. Kazurinsky is thrilled to be a part of the amazingly talented ShawChicago family. She has admired them since seeing Arms and the Man in 2011 in which Christian Gray reduced her to tears.  Having recently returned to performing, Marcia played Mrs. Eynsford Hill in Pygmalion for ShawChicago in 2013, has played Phyllis in Stephen Sondheim’s Follies for Actors Theatre Company, Laura in Strindberg’s The Father for Rendition Theatre, and was last seen as Cicely in Thomas Heywood’s A Woman Killed With Kindness for The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, and most recently was in The Merry Widow at Light Opera Works.  Before marriage and children, Marcia appeared on Broadway in On Your ToesDoctor JazzGood NewsNo, No Nanette, and A Chorus Line, in which she played Maggie for three years.

TIM KAZURINSKY is an American actor and screenwriter known for his tenure as both a writer and featured player on Saturday Night Live (1981-1984) and for his role as Officer Sweetchuck in the Police Academy film series. His screen writing credits include both TV and film, most notably “About Last Night…”(1986) and “For Keeps?” (1988). Kazurinsky’s screenplay for the film “Strange Relations” earned him BAFTA and WGA nominations.

A mainstay of the Chicago theatre scene, Kazurinsky spent time as a member of The Second City. He has twice been nominated for the prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award for his performances. Kazurinsky toured the United States as the Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the hit musical, “Wicked.”

MARY MICHELL appeared in ShawChicago’s 2014/15 season as Lady Britomart in Major Barbara, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, and Dona Ana in Don Juan in Hell.  Last season ShawChicago audiences saw her as Mrs. Whitfield in Man and Superman, Mary Todd Lincoln in Look Away, and Mrs Higgins in Pygmalion. She has performed with ShawChicago since 1999, when she appeared as Mrs. Erlynne in Lady Windermere’s Fan. Favorite roles for ShawChicago include Catherine the Great in Great Catherine, The Widow in Geneva, Jitta in Jitta’s Atonement, and as an ensemble member in James Barrie’s Quartets. She is an Artistic Associate at Oak Park Festival Theatre, where she has appeared in Seascape, Dancing at Lughnasa and Faith Healer. Other Chicago credits include work with The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, Bailiwick Repertory, Chicago Dramatists, Drury Lane, The Harper Theater, Illinois Theatre Center, The Ivanhoe Theatre and The Academy Playhouse. Regional work includes What the Butler Saw at the Arena Stage in Washington D.C; The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Play It Again, Sam at Actors Theatre of Louisville; A Man for All Seasons and Bedtime Story at Mummers Theatre in Oklahoma City; Butterflies are Free at Cherry County Playhouse. Mary performed the narration to Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music to a Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Chicago Symphony. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

MATTHEW GALL returns to ShawChicago where he was previously seen in Misalliance, Major BarbaraSaint JoanPygmalion, and The Millionairess. In Chicago, Matthew was seen recently in New Country (Den Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew and Hamlet (Oak Park Festival Theatre), and Design for Living (Pride Films & Plays). Other productions include Dial “M” for Murder (Metropolis), The Pillowman (Spartan Theatre), Enchanted April (Citadel Theatre), The Blue Room (Stage 773), and the 2014 National Tour of Letters Home (Griffin Theatre), as well as ads for Motorola, Midas, Ford, Arrowstream, and Four Loko. Matthew is a New Hampshire native and a graduate of Ithaca College.

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ShawChicago Presents SHAKESPEARE’S LEGACY

ShawChicago Presents SHAKESPEARE’S LEGACY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               Contact:  Rohan Zhou-Lee ShawChicago
312.587.7390
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SHAWCHICAGO THEATER

Celebrates Shakespeare 400

 With

The American Premiere of

 Shakespeare’s Legacy

 

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Gold Coast Theater performs century-lost script and a collection of Shakespeare’s classic scenes and monologues.

CHICAGO—ShawChicago presents Shakespeare’s People, a collection of the Bard’s most coveted words, and the American premiere of James Barrie’s lost epic, Shakespeare’s Legacy. This one-night performance is part of the Shakespeare 400 celebration in Chicago. It will take place on October 24 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60610. Shakespeare’s Legacy has been a lost script since its world premiere 100 years ago, and was uncovered at the University of Chicago library.

In Barrie’s absurdist comedy, a newlywed couple discovers the location of Shakespeare’s best bed, and within it all the answers to lingering questions: A Key To The Sonnets; his ‘real’ nationality (Scottish); an autobiography; and lost scripts in the Bard’s hand. Within these writings is unearthed the imaginary final confrontation between Queen Elizabeth and Mary, Queen of Scots.

In the dead of night, before the dawn of Mary’s execution, Elizabeth descends into the dungeons, at Fotheringay, demanding that Mary reveal one last secret: how, after all these years, Mary has kept her beauty. “Freedom to her who tells me what she uses. Death on the block forthwith if she refuses,” Elizabeth proclaims. In a split second, Mary will have to choose: relent her secret to the English Queen, or go to her grave.

Shakespeare’s People will include monologues and scenes from Macbeth, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, King Henry V, and Romeo and Juliet.

Cast Members of Shakespeare’s Legacy:
Tim Kazurinsky, Marcia Kazurinsky, Mary Michell and Barbara Zahora

Cast Members of Shakespeare’s People:
Matthew Gall, Melanie Keller, Doug MacKechnie and Richard Marlatt

WHO: ShawChicago Theater Company
WHAT: James Barrie’s Shakespeare’s Legacy  and Shakespeare’s People
WHERE: 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60610
WHEN: October 24, 2016

TICKETS: $60.00 General, $50.00 Senior Citizen, $25.00 Students. Group rates are available. Tickets may be purchased at www.shawchicago.org or over the phone at 312-587-7390.

About Shakespeare’s Legacy

Shakespeare’s Legacy by Sir James Matthew Barrie, Bart., was first produced at Drury Lane Theatre, London, on April 14th, 1916, at a matinee for the benefit of the Young Women’s Christian Association for funds to provide hostels, canteens and rest rooms for the munitions and other war works. Twenty-five copies of this play were privately printed by the Clement Shorter for distribution among his friends.

About Robert Scogin

Robert Scogin, ShawChicago’s Artistic Director, is celebrating his twenty-second season at ShawChicago, where he has directed more than fifty productions. He was awarded The Chicago Drama League’s 2008 Crystal Award, and has appeared on Broadway (Henry V, 1969) and Off-Broadway (Children of the Ladybug, 1967 and Where The Wolves Run, 1972.) He taught and directed Shakespeare and Shaw at the Turkish State Theater Conservatory in Ankara and Konya, Turkey. In March of 2009 he staged the world premiere of his new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts on World Theater Day in Konya, Turkey. Scogin made his Chicago debut at The Goodman Theatre in Much Ado About Nothing. He also starred as Bob Cratchit in the Goodman’s original production of A Christmas Carol, a role he repeated for ten years. Other credits with The Goodman include The Tempest and the world premieres of David Mamet’s translation of Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard and Mamet’s own play Lakeboat.

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About ShawChicago

ShawChicago is a professional non-profit theater company founded in 1994 with a mission to present the plays of George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries as concert readings. Operating under Actors’ Equity, ShawChicago celebrates its 23rd season, Dysfunctional Family Fun. The company presents special afternoon performances for senior citizens and morning performances for students throughout the Chicagoland area. ShawChicago also offers outreach performances across the city and its suburbs, providing theater to libraries, senior living communities and schools. ShawChicago is a theater company in residence at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts.

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