Meet the Cast of Misalliance: Richard Henzel!

Meet the Cast of Misalliance: Richard Henzel!

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 to 1909 when a woman broke through the glass ceiling! Chicago favorite and Jeff Award nominee Richard Henzel returns! ShawChicago last welcomed him into our home during our special event, Mark Twain In Person.

Richard Henzel

1.       What is your role in Misalliance?
Lord Summerhays (Summer Haze?)

2.       What is your favorite thing about your character?
Like most people our age, he has humiliating secrets in his past.

3.       What’s your favorite thing about acting?
Emotional release.

4.       What are you most looking forward to in this production?
Doing battle with  Hypatia.

5.       If you could describe Misalliance in three words, what would they be?
Two strong women.

6.       What’s your favorite food/s?
Sushi

7.       When you’re not acting, what are you doing?
Puttering in my garden.

8.       Who’s your biggest inspiration?
Mark Twain, Jennie Henzel

9.       What is your favorite play and why?
The Price. Like Death of a Salesmen, only everyone gets to talk.

10.   Anything you want to say to the audience?
Hi, thanks for supporting our work!!

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Welcome Patrick Lane to the ShawFam!

Welcome Patrick Lane to the ShawFam!

Welcome Patrick Lane!

 

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 to 1909 when a woman broke through the glass ceiling! Meet Cast member Patrick Lane, who will be making his ShawChicago debut!

Patrick Lane

 

1.       What is your role in Misalliance?
Johnny Tarleton

2.       What is your favorite thing about your character?
Well, it’s very enjoyable to dive into a character who has very strong opinions. Whether those opinions are ludicrous, or the credo of the next young hope of the middle class, it’s always fun to grapple with “convictions.”

3.       What’s your favorite thing about acting?
I enjoy finding the way in to the character and the world of the play. Figuring out how I relate to that person, in those circumstances, is the fun bit that makes me feel like Sherlock Holmes – but obviously way less cool.

4.       What are you most looking forward to in this production?
I think the style of this production gives us, as actors, even more opportunities than usual to play. It should be fun to see how far we can stretch the confines of this time period.

5.       If you could describe Misalliance in three words, what would they be?
Ready, Set, Love?

6.       What’s your favorite food/s?
Goldfish Crackers and pickles

7.       When you’re not acting, what are you doing?
I’m in Sales!

8.       Who’s your biggest inspiration?
Absolutely my wife, Ashley Wickett. She’s the best wife, mother, and friend I could ask for.

9.       What is your favourite play and why?
An impossible question! I’ll give you three to narrow it down: Camino Real, The Lion in Winter, and MacBeth

10.   Anything you want to say to the audience?
Oh, hey!

 

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ShawChicago Presents G. Bernard Shaw’s MISALLIANCE

ShawChicago Presents G. Bernard Shaw’s MISALLIANCE

SHAWCHICAGO THEATER Presents
George Bernard Shaw’s


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CHICAGO—ShawChicago presents George Bernard Shaw’s farce on the fashionable, Misalliance. Performances run September 17 – October 10 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60610.

Enter 1909 Britain, when everyone rich is obsessed with propriety, the latest trends in plumbing and Turkish baths. The old money Summerhays and nouveau riche Tarleton families, who became rich selling underwear, are soon to be united. The spoiled and ineffectual Bentley Summerhays is engaged to Hypatia Tartleton, who has no care for love, breaks all the rules, and is having an affair with her soon-to-be father-in-law, Lord Summerhays. Meanwhile, her brother John Tarleton, Jr. is hell-bent on stopping the marriage.

This very prestigious soap opera is interrupted when an aeroplane crashes into their garden conservatory. From the wreckage emerges Joseph Percival, a famous pilot with three fathers. Alongside him, to everyone’s utmost shock, is Lina Szczepanowska, an unmarried daredevil female acrobat who dresses like a man.

“Lina defines Shaw’s ‘New Woman,’” says Director Barbara Zahora. “The New Women were able to break out and away from convention. Not just to change themselves but to change the men and the world around them…. It isn’t about making women separate or better, but finding or making the world a braver, more functional place.”

All the men fall for Lina. Hypatia further dismisses any other rules of monogamy and voraciously pursues Joseph Percival. Chaos ensues as desire runs wild, and the calm façade of the upper class is turned upside down.

“It’s just pure fun with great ideas,” says Zahora.

 Cast Members include: Gary Alexander, Allison Cook, Jesse Dornan, Matthew Gall, Richard Henzel, Jack Hickey, Patrick Lane, Michelle Shupe and Kate Young.

 WHO: ShawChicago Theater Company

WHAT: George Bernard Shaw’s Misalliance

WHERE: 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60610.

WHEN: September 17, 2 PM
September 18, 2 PM
September 19, 2 PM
September 24, 2 PM
September 25, 2 PM
September 26, 7 PM
October 1, 2 PM
October 2, 2 PM
October 3, 7 PM
October 8, 2 PM
October 9, 2 PM
October 10, 7 PM

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

About Barbara Zahora

BARBARA ZAHORA 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.

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 is about to celebrate 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.

ShawChicago Presents: Mark Twain In Person

ShawChicago Presents: Mark Twain In Person

Henzel as Mark Twain

CHICAGO— ShawChicago proudly presents Jeff Award nominee Richard Henzel performing in his signature piece, Mark Twain In Person. This production will be at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60610 on June 20 at 7 PM. Dessert and wine reception will follow the performance.

Henzel discovered Twain’s work through a public school summer reading program. “I read Tom Sawyer when I was like eleven and I said well that’s me.” Henzel’s love for Twain developed into a one-man performance that, when it debuted, saw sold out houses for months. He toured throughout the states, performing at universities, on cruises, and eventually Canada and the United Kingdom. Clara Clemens even advised him on the production’s improvement. “Mark Twain’s daughter was standing in the wings,” Henzel says. Mark Twain In Person was nominated for a Jeff Award. Buy your tickets here.

About Richard Henzel
Richard Henzel (Mark Twain) recently appeared as Verner Conklin and Hugo Latymer in ShawChicago’s production of Noel Coward in Two Keys. Other Chicago credits include: Of Mice And Men at Steppenwolf, Return of the Hip Messiah at The Second City, 1984 at Lookingglass; Rap Master Ronnie at The Theatre Building; Huck Finn at The Goodman; Affluenza and The Action Against Sol Schumann at Victory Gardens; 1776, Grover’s Corners, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Pajama Game, and West Side Story at Marriott’s Lincolnshire; and Patti LuPone’s Gypsy at Ravinia. Regional: Death of a Salesman at Human Race; Copenhagen, A Walk in the Woods, and The Price at Madison Repertory; and Hanging Fire, A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage, and The Count at Florida Stage. Henzel has portrayed Mark Twain over a thousand times, touring in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. He is also narrator and publisher of The Mark Twain In Person Audio Library. Please visit www.richardhenzel.com.

WHO: ShawChicago Theater Company

WHAT: Mark Twain In Person, starring Richard Henzel

WHERE: 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60610

WHEN: June 20, 7 PM. Wine and other refreshments to follow the performance.

TICKETS: $60.00 General, $50.00 Senior Citizen, $25.00 Students. Tickets may be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2516558, or over the phone at 312-587-7390.

#MarkTwainLives

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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 is about to celebrate 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 the theater company in residence at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts.

“[A] top-flight ensemble.”
Albert Williams, Chicago Reader

“ShawChicago demonstrates the truth in that age-old adage that ‘less is more.’”
Chicago Theater Review

             “This is pure acting without any visual aids.”
Katy Walsh, Chicago Theater Beat

             “No frills sophisticated comedy…. Even in modern times, it’s still funny.”
The Fourth Walsh

Meet The Musicians! #ShawAndShakes

Meet The Musicians! #ShawAndShakes

Theodoor Rombouts: The Lute Player, 1620.

Sandra Bailey And Julia Larson
To Take The Hour

Shaw Celebrates Shakespeare Gala will feature two of Chicago’s most prominent musicians during our cocktail hour. Check them out!

Sandra Bailey

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Sandra completed her Bachelors degree at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music where she studied with Chris Millard, Lewis Kirk, and David McGill. She will is currently finishing her graduate degree at DePaul University under Bill Buchman. She is the Principal Bassoonist of the Chicago Sinfonietta that performs in the Chicago Symphony Center and Wentz Hall. She frequently plays with neighboring orchestras including the Illinois Symphony, Elgin Symphony, Arkansas Symphony and New World Symphony Orchestra.

Julia Larson

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Julia is originally from Durham, North Carolina and is currently studying Clarinet Performance at DePaul University. She is currently studying with Julie DeRoche, and she has performed in masterclasses taught by Steve Williamson and Larry Combs. Julia plays in multiple ensembles at DePaul, including the Wind Ensemble and the 20+ new music ensemble. She also regularly performs in various chamber groups at DePaul, including string quintets and wind trios.

#ShawAndShakes.