Jack Hickey Returns to ShawChicago in Misallaince! #GirlsFlyToo

Jack Hickey Returns to ShawChicago in Misallaince! #GirlsFlyToo

We at ShawChicago are SUPER PUMPED to bring you an all star cast for Bernard Shaw’s fine feminist farce, Misalliance! Directed by Barbara Zahora, travel with us and this Chicago all-star cast to 1909 when a woman broke through the glass ceiling! We are so excited to welcome Chicago theatre star Jack Hickey to our stage!

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1.       What is your role in Misalliance?
John Tarleton

 2.       What is your favorite thing about your character?
He’s fun. Well read. He is whimsical and enjoys it.

 3.       What’s your favorite thing about acting?
Wow. The way a performance can be shaped and nuanced by the engagement and reactions of the audience.

4.       What are you most looking forward to in this production?
Working with Barbara Zahora. Of course, I love working with Bob Scogin, and while I have acted with Barbara many times, I have not worked with her as a director, so I am looking forward to that.

 5.       If you could describe Misalliance in three words, what would they be?
Marriage, Women, Independence.

 6.       What’s your favorite food/s?
I would have to say steak.

 7.       When you’re not acting, what are you doing?
I spend as much time as I can with my three grandchildren.

 8.       Who’s your biggest inspiration?
So many really, Jonathon Winters, Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Peter O’Toole.

 9.       What is your favourite play and why?
My favorite Shaw play is Candida, maybe Shaw’s most romantic play. My all time favorite play is Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand. About a man who is so amazing, as a soldier, poet, musician, friend and yet because of one flaw, in his case his big nose, he is insecure about speaking to the woman he loves. I think we all have a flaw like that, maybe not so obvious, but it’s such a shame to let those insecurities get in the way of happiness.

 10.    Anything you want to say to the audience?
Thanks for supporting us. Help us spread the word. Make ShawChicago a household name!

 

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Please Welcome Michelle Shupe to the ShawFam! Misalliance #GirlsFlyToo

Please Welcome Michelle Shupe to the ShawFam! Misalliance #GirlsFlyToo

We at ShawChicago are SUPER PUMPED to bring you an all star cast for Bernard Shaw’s fine feminist farce, Misalliance! Directed by Barbara Zahora, travel with us and this Chicago all-star cast to 1909 when a woman broke through the glass ceiling! Please welcome Michelle Shupe to the ShawFam!

Michelle Shupe

1.       What is your role in Misalliance?
Lina Szchepanovska

2.       What is your favorite thing about your character?
She is free. She is not a sheep. And she’s kind of a bad a**. Who doesn’t love a woman like that?

3.       What’s your favorite thing about acting?
Figuring out what motivates the character and discovering how they pursue their desires. Being able to slip inside a role and disappear.

4.       What are you most looking forward to in this production?
The collaboration. I love to work together to create magical theatrical experiences. And Shaw’s text. He was a brilliant playwright.

5.       If you could describe Misalliance in three words, what would they be?
‘Dare to live,’ or ‘Live your truth.’

6.       What’s your favorite food/s?
Tomatoes, graham crackers, cheese, homemade dill pickles. (Not all together at the same time, obviously)

7.       When you’re not acting, what are you doing?
Having fun fermenting foods. Gardening. Discussing creative projects and exploring new ideas. I love to read and write.

8.       Who’s your biggest inspiration?
Not who but what: Intelligence and emotional poetry inspires me. Courage and compassion inspires me. Music inspires me.

9.       What is your favourite play and why?
This changes a lot based on where I am in life. But King Lear has long been a favorite of mine because of the main character. He touches our humanity.

10.   Anything you want to say to the audience?
Shaw Chicago audiences are amazing! You elevate observation to a super power.

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Jesse Dornan Returns to ShawChicago!

Jesse Dornan Returns to ShawChicago!

We at ShawChicago are SUPER PUMPED to bring you an all star cast for Bernard Shaw’s fine feminist farce, Misalliance! Directed by Barbara Zahora, travel with us and this Chicago all-star cast to 1909 when a woman broke through the glass ceiling! We are so excited to welcome Chicago theatre star Jack Hickey to our stage!

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JESSE DORNAN (Joseph Percival) is thrilled to be back for the second time with Shaw Chicago. He played Walter Bohun in You Never Can Tell last season. Other Chicago credits: Oak Park Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Trap Door, 16th Street, Brown Paper Box Company, Fox Valley, Chicago Dramatist’s, Boho, Backroom Shakespeare, and One Year Chekhov, Regional credits include: Door Shakespeare FestivalMilwaukee Repertory, Pioneer Memorial Theater, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Utah Opera Company, Banyan Theatre Company, and Nebraska Shakespeare. Jesse has an MFA from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.

 

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Barbara Zahora Directs for ShawChicago AGAIN!

Barbara Zahora Directs for ShawChicago AGAIN!

We at ShawChicago are SUPER PUMPED to bring you an all star cast for Bernard Shaw’s fine feminist farce, Misalliance! Travel with us and this Chicago all-star cast to 1909 when a woman broke through the glass ceiling! Welcome back director Barbara Zahora!

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BARBARA ZAHORA (Director) is directing 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.

 

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ShawFam Bam! Matthew Gall Returns in MISALLIANCE

ShawFam Bam! Matthew Gall Returns in MISALLIANCE

We at ShawChicago are SUPER PUMPED to bring you an all star cast for Bernard Shaw’s fine feminist farce, Misalliance! Directed by Barbara Zahora, travel with us and this Chicago all-star cast to 1909 when a woman broke through the glass ceiling! We are so excited to welcome back Matthew Gall to our upcoming production, Misalliance!

Matthew Gall

1.       What is your role in Misalliance?
I play Bentley Summerhays, the bright (but often very difficult) son of Lord Summerhays, engaged to Hypatia Tarleton.

2.       What is your favorite thing about your character?
Bentley uses his petulance as a weapon instead of a weakness. He’s done very well for himself by refusing to grow up.

3.       What’s your favorite thing about acting?
I’ve always relished the opportunity to learn more about myself and how to be a better person through the stories of other people. I become a smarter, more well-rounded person after dedicating time to a character in a story.

4.       What are you most looking forward to in this production?
This will be my first time working with Barbara Zahora as a director, and I’m very eager to discover the new dynamic she’s bringing to ShawChicago.

5.       If you could describe Misalliance in three words, what would they be?
Silly; Layered; Absurd

6.       What’s your favorite food/s?
I can’t resist an aromatic stir fry or a giant plate of scrambled eggs filled with all kinds of meat, cheese, and vegetables.

7.       When you’re not acting, what are you doing?
I’m an avid hiker, biker, and runner. I love to take outdoor trips around the country for hiking and white-water rafting.

8.       Who’s your biggest inspiration?
I continue to find myself drawn to the work and philosophies of Ethan Hawke, who, throughout all of his successes and failures, is constantly challenging himself and his audiences, and is always demanding improvement and growth in his body of work, both in his performance and in his writing.

9.       What is your favourite play and why?
Speed-the-Plow is a gut-punch of raw energy, rage, passion, verbal gymnastics, and people being awful to each other. It’s got almost everything you go to the theatre for.

10.   Anything you want to say to the audience?
Shaw’s plays are uniquely designed to dialogue directly with the audience. Shaw will ask you throughout how you feel and what you’re thinking. Thank you for coming to participate in his great philosophical debates with us!

 

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Allison Cook Is BACK in MISALLIANCE! #GirlsFlyToo

Allison Cook Is BACK in MISALLIANCE! #GirlsFlyToo

We at ShawChicago are SUPER PUMPED to bring you an all star cast for Bernard Shaw’s fine feminist farce, Misalliance! Directed by Barbara Zahora, travel with us and this Chicago all-star cast to 1909 when a woman broke through the glass ceiling! Please welcome back Allison Cook!

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Allison Cook (Hypatia Tarleton) is a Chicago-based actor, singer, and multi-instrumentalist.  Last season at ShawChicago, she loved playing Dolly Clandon in G.B. Shaw’s You Never Can Tell.  Later this fall, Allison will join the company of Remy Bumppo Theatre for another Shaw play, Pygmalion.  She has performed with Court Theatre, Shakespeare Project of Chicago, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Rude Mechanicals, Signal Ensemble Theatre, and CUBE Ensemble.  As a mezzo-soprano, Allison has been heard with the CSO at the Ravinia Festival, Manhattan School of Music, Siena Music Festival in Italy, Newberry Consort, Marion Consort, American Chamber Opera, and on the Big Ten television network.  As an actor, she has performed in three languages (French, English, and Mandarin Chinese), and her credits extend into film, dance, and recording.  Graduate of Northwestern University.  www.AllisonSelbyCook.com