ShawChicago Theater Company http://shawchicago.org Presenting the works of George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries Fri, 08 Dec 2017 03:57:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Meet The Cast of The Art of Langston Hughes!!! http://shawchicago.org/meet-the-cast-of-the-art-of-langston-hughes/ Fri, 01 Sep 2017 21:48:29 +0000 http://shawchicago.org/?p=6166 DUSHON MONIQUE BROWN is thrilled to be creating once again with Luther Goins after last being seen on stage at Chicago Dramatists as Mutha/Kirk in For Her as a Piano.  Some of Brown’s other theater credits include portraying Queenie in Hope VI  (Chicago Dramatists) productions at ETA where she began her professional career, Chicago Theatre Co. (Shakin the Mess Outta Misery, Journal of Ordinary Thought, Train is Comin’, Love Child-by Luther Goins, Rabbit’s Food), Lookingglass Theatre (Summertime)MPAACT (MiLK,Christ T), Lifeline (Praying for Sheetrock), Apple Tree (Once on This Island), Steppenwolf Arts X (Our Town, Division Street), The Goodman (Amen Corner), and Piven (Because They Have No Words).  Brown has received Joseph Jefferson and Black Theater Alliance Award nods along her theatrical journey.  Film credits include, The Dilemma (in the comedic outtakes), Unexpected, One Small Hitch, and A Light Beneath Her Feet. Television credits include Shameless, Boss, Nurse Katie Welch on Prison Break, Empire, a docudrama pilot called Public Housing Unit, an upcoming appearance in the Amazon sci-fi series, Phillip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams and the recurring role of Connie on Chicago Fire.   Brown also works as a high school counselor in Chicago.

SHARI ADDISON a vocalist extraordinaire, possesses a soulful passion for music.  While her career spans diverse music genres, her heart truly belongs to gospel.  In 2007, Shari appeared on Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) premier broadcast of the gospel talent competition, Sunday Best and placed second.  Her powerful performances helped BET garner the highest rated gospel show in its history with a voting audience of more than 1.5 million viewers.  Subsequently, she appeared on BET’s Celebration of Gospel hosted by Steve Harvey that featured recording luminaries Pastor Shirley Caesar, Fred Hammond and Patti LaBelle.  In 2010, Shari won a Stellar Award for Best Traditional CD of the Year for her first self-titled cd, Shari Addison.  She was also showcased as guest recording artist at the Bobby Jones International Gospel Artists Retreat and is a contributing author to the book, Tears To Triumph.   Shari has performed with artists Kirk Franklin, Martha Munizzi, Bebe Winans, Mary Mary, Michael McDonald, Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, Ben Tankard and Stephanie Mills. A highly accomplished vocalist and theatre actress, her extensive domestic and international career includes performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, at the Maxim Gorki Theater and the U.S. Embassy in Russia, in South Africa and Brazil.  Shari has also been showcased at Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Gospel Fest, one of the nation’s largest gospel festivals in Grant Park.  She returned to this annual event to a packed house and rave reviews at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.  Additionally, she has performed on ABC, FOX, WCIU and WGN television networks.  Taking a leave as the host of Intellectual Radio’s “Sunday Night Live with Shari Addison”, Shari returned to the theatre and was featured at the Black Ensemble Theatre as Aretha Franklin in Jackie Taylor’s “Dynamite Divas” for which she won a 2016 Jeff Award for Best Actress in a Revue.  She continued on this stage in “My Brother’s Keeper: Story of the Nicholas Brothers”, “Doo Whop Shoobop” and “Those Sensational Soulful Sixties”; at Congo Square Theatre in “A Nativity Story: More Than A Miracle” as well as Playwright/Director Regina Taylor’s, “Crowns,” at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Each of her performances received outstanding reviews.  A native of Chicago, Shari truly loves the Lord and is a licensed evangelist and psalmist at the Bright Star Church of God in Christ where Christopher T. Harris, Sr. is pastor.  Happily married to Lewis Addison, they have four daughters and two grandsons.

Tristien Marcellous Winfree is more than humble to be working with Shaw Chicago on behalf of the Langston Hughes Benefit. A native of Houston, Texas, but no stranger to Chicago. Regional theatre stage credits include Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare Project of Chicago),Kingdom (Broken Nose Theatre), The Boys Upstairs (Pride Film & Plays) The Elephant Man (Alley Theatre), A Few Good Men (Alley Theatre), Guest Lecture (Landing Theatre Company), A Soldiers Play (Ensemble Theatre), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Okane Theatre), Aida (Houston Grand Opera) Das Rheingold (Houston Grand Opera), Otello (Houston Grand Opera). Off stage credits include A.D Two Trains Running (Goodman Theatre), A.D Women In The Pit (Ensemble Theatre). Mr Winfree would like to thank everyone who showed endless support towards his journey. @Tristienmarcellouswinfree

 

Charls Sedgwick Hall  Some of his favorite roles are: Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew, Charlie in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) Revised, Boyet in Love’s Labours Losts, The Recruiting Officer in Mother Courage and Her Children, The Nurse in Romeo & Juliet, Brutus in Julius Caesar and Macduff in Macbeth, Preacher/Ol’ Mister in The Color Purple, The Mirror in The Next Fairy Tale, Father in The Escape Artist’s Children and Reverend Jones in Follow, Isaac in Faith and the Good Thing, Cal in The Little Foxes and Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream,  the triumvirate Ghost of Hamlet’s Father, The Player King/Queen and The Gravedigger in Hamlet, Gottlieb Biedermann in The Firebugs,  Rush Limbaugh in King Cat Calico Finally Flies Free, Nicola in Arms and the Man and Gertie in Angels of Lemnos. Charls is a graduate of New York University’s School of the Performing Arts.  Charls teaches Movement and Shakespeare Text, is a faculty member at Shakespeare and Company. Thank you family and friends for your inspirational support.

Evan Tyrone Martin: is so thrilled to help bring voice to an artist he has long considered an inspiration, Mr. Langston Hughes. Evan is a Chicago based actor whose recent credits include: Hud in Hair (Mercury Theatre, thru Sept 14th) Jesus of Nazareth in Jesus Christ Superstar (Paramount Theatre), I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett (Mercury Theatre), Curtis Taylor, Jr. in Dreamgirls (Porchlight, BTA Nomination),Raymond Deagan in Far From Heaven (Porchlight, Jeff Nomination), King Triton in The Little Mermaid(Paramount Theatre) and (Arkansas Rep), Jake in Side Show (Porchlight, Jeff Nomination), Tom Collins in Rent(Paramount), Harpo in The Color Purple (Mercury Theatre), as well as starring in his ongoing show one man show Unforgettable: Falling in Love with Nat King Cole.  He would like to thank his God, his incredible friends, and his family and for their constant love and support. Thank you for supporting the Arts. Love Each Other. (EKM, JWR)

 

About The Art of Langston Hughes

CHICAGO—ShawChicago presents The Art of Langston Hughes, a collection of short stories adapted to the stage. This rarely read quartet celebrates the American legacy of Harlem Renaissance poet, playwright, LGBT Black resistance icon Langston Hughes. This is a one night performance on September 18 at 7 PM at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60610.

Adapted to the stage and directed by Luther Goins, these four works investigate racial and class struggles in the times of Jim Crow. “[these pieces] show us the pure genius of Langston Hughes” says Goins. Although historically rooted in the twenties, the struggles with “[l]ove, poverty, racial prejudice…[and more]” are as much rooted in these words as they are in modern society.

About The Plays:
A mother’s son has returned from the dead to accuse her of not taking care of him. But is it a mother’s fault when she has no money? Soul Gone Home reflects on how systematic poverty can destroy the delicate fabric of a family.

In ‘Tain’t So, Miss Lucy Cannon is a wealthy white woman who is constantly ill and finds Black people to be beneath her. Her friend, Miss Edmonia, sends her to the best healer in town to fix her latest ailment. Little does Miss Lucy know that the best healer is a Black woman….

Whether in Heaven or Hell, Amelia is out for the woman who stole her husband: Nancy Smothers, or rather the “Harlem Hussy.” Nancy, Amelia and her husband Mackenzie meet right outside the gates of heaven, all three blessed with white angel wings. In only a few moments, Hughes brings into question fidelity and the meaning of true love.

The evening concludes with Breakfast In Virginia, which follows two Black soldiers on the train to Virginia. Corporals Ellias and Williams are forced to travel in the colored car. But when they have to eat dinner, the American warriors must brave unchartered territory with no clearance to enter: the white only train car.

Dessert and wine will follow the performance.

Cast members include: Shari Addison, Dushon Monique Brown, Charls Hall, Evan Tyrone Martin and Tristien Marcellous Winifree

WHO: ShawChicago Theater Company

WHAT: The Art of Langston Hughes

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

WHEN: September 18th at 7 PM

TICKETS:$50 General, $25 Students, available for purchase at http://bit.ly/DeferredNoMore or at 312-587-7390

About The Adaptor/Director
In 1990, after working extensively in Cincinnati, Ohio as a producer, director, and acting instructor, Luther Goins re-located to Chicago.  Between 1990 and 1995, he worked as the Assistant to the Producer at the Skokie-based Northlight Theatre and held the position of Resident Artistic Director at the African-American based Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre in Evanston, IL.  In 1995, he accepted the Managing Director position at the Chicago Theatre Company, a professional African-American company located on Chicago’s south side.  LOVE CHILD, his first play, made its debut in January 2001 at Chicago’s Live Bait Theatre.  This highly successful production received numerous awards, including a Joseph Jefferson Award for “Best New Work”; and Chicago After Dark Awards “Best New Work” and “Best Ensemble”.  In 2002, LOVE CHILD celebrated two other productions. One at the Chicago Theatre Company and the other at the Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati.  These two productions also garnered awards including the Chicago African-American Arts Alliance Award for “Best New Play”; and the Cincinnati Entertainment Award for “Best Local Premiere.”  In 2002, Luther accepted a staff position in the Chicago office of Actors’ Equity Association. After 15 years successful years, he retired.  Luther continues to work, in Chicago, as an independent theatrical consultant.  Happily married to Leon Schrauben, Mr. Goins is currently working on COFFEE CAKE AND JESUS, a new play.

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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 24th season, Dysfunctional Family Fun: 1776-1926. The company presents special afternoon performances for senior citizens and free performances at universities and libraries throughout the Chicagoland area. ShawChicago also offers outreach performances across the city and its suburbs, providing theater to libraries, retirement living communities and schools. ShawChicago is a theater company in residence at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts.

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Spoon River Anthology Q&A http://shawchicago.org/spoon-river-anthology-qa/ Tue, 30 May 2017 19:47:52 +0000 http://shawchicago.org/?p=6140 Spoon River Anthology Q&A

Spoon River Anthology opens June 12. Check out some questions we asked the cast!

The Cast of SRA: Paddy Lynn, Jon Lynn and Patti Ecker

  1. What drew you to SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY? (SRA)
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    he first thing that drew us to SRA was the writing.  Edgar Lee Masters had a gift for capturing something so profound from a small town setting.  The characters speak from their graves, reaching us and teaching us about human existence.  The poetry is written in free verse as short epitaphs that carry insightful messages. Secondly, Jon taught SRA in several high schools and directed the production three times.  He took his students on field trips to Lewiston, (aka- Spoon River) and visited The Hill, Oak Hill Cemetery, where most of the characters are buried. The experience these students had was transformational and elevated the productions overall. 
  2. Why will audiences be drawn to SRA?
    We believe everyone in the audience will find something in the program that resonates with them.  The characters are very diverse and come from all walks of life.  The one thing they have in common is they all carry a piece of the broad spectrum of the human experience. 
  3. How does SRA relate to modern audiences?
    The same essential fabric that makes up human life today is captured uniquely in the characters of SRA.  Even though the book is 100 years old and the setting is a small rural town, (Lewiston, IL), it speaks to the same dreams, desires, hopes, heroics, moral decay, and mistakes that fill all of lives in today’s world. 
  4. How does a cast of three produce SRA?
    SRA provides the wonderful challenge for an actor to differentiate a wide range of characters, old, young, pure, corrupt, serious, comedic, and wise.  Jon plays 18 characters, Paddy plays 15 characters, and Patti Ecker compliments the epitaphs with music of the period.  Having music not only gives the piece another layer of historic flavor, it enhances the mood and helps the listener to digest the epitaphs. 
  5. What would we like audiences to walk away with after seeing SRA?
    We not only want the audience to be entertained, but also to be moved or touched in some way, perhaps by striking a chord in their own lives.  We also hope they come away with a new appreciation of the impact that Edgar Lee Masters’ contribution made to American Literature and to World Literature. 
  6. What else would we like to say?
    SRA was published in 1915, and it was based on the true lives of people who lived in Lewiston and Petersburg when Masters was growing up. The names of the characters were barely changed by Masters and were clearly recognizable to the townspeople.  Even though it had become a standard of American Literature across the world, it was banned from Fulton County, Illinois schools and libraries until 1974, in hopes that the characters’ descendants had all passed away. This also was not a commonly accepted form of poetry.  It was new, revolutionary, and opened the doors to modern poetry with its free verse style.

 

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ShawChicago Gala: Shaw’s Speakeasy http://shawchicago.org/shawchicago-gala-shaws-speakeasy/ Thu, 06 Apr 2017 19:03:21 +0000 http://shawchicago.org/?p=6119 Buy Your Tickets Here!

Join us as we celebrate Shaw’s writing during a musical renaissance of Chicago: the Jazz Age. We’ll be pairing works of Shaw with the works of great Jazz artists and writers of the time like Jelly Roll Morton, Lovie Austin, Lil Hardin Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Zora Neale Hurston, Langson Huges, and more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ShawChicago Proudly Presents: The Belle of Amherst http://shawchicago.org/shawchicago-proudly-presents-the-belle-of-amherst/ Fri, 31 Mar 2017 22:09:29 +0000 http://shawchicago.org/?p=6104

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THE BELLE OF AMHERST, the Story of Emily Dickinson, to be presented at ShawChicago at the Ruth Page Theater, 1016 N. Dearborn, on June 2017, at 7 PM. Don’t miss this wonderful story of one of America’s most prolific poets, portrayed by Paddy Lynn, professional storyteller and actress. Paddy will be doing a 45-minute cutting of William Luce’s brilliant play, THE BELLE OF AMHERST, followed by a discussion of this beloved poet. Discover the complexities of Emily, the trials and tribulations of her short life, and the inspiration behind the over 1,700 poems she wrote. Whether you are a poet yourself, a fan of Emily’s, or just love a great story, don’t miss this opportunity to see Emily come to life at ShawChicago. Paddy Lynn started her love for acting at the age of six when she first stepped on to the stage in the school play. From that time on, she has been involved with over 100 productions, ranging from educational theatre, community theatre, and professional theatre. She attended Illinois State University in the late 70’s, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre. Since then, Paddy worked as a performer, and ran a variety of children’s programs for various theatre companies. Her love for literature and performing launched her storytelling career ten years ago. Paddy now has many different programs available from preschoolers all the way up to adults. Her programs include “Storyacting” for youngsters, a variety of storytelling and history programs for middle school and high school, and her current program, THE BELLE OF AMHERST, for adults. Paddy travels throughout the Midwest with her programs, but resides in Mundelein, IL, with her husband, Jon, daughter Valerie, and two cats. Paddy is the Artistic Director of The Kirk Players, a not-for-profit community theatre which her father-in-law began forty one years ago. Between telling stories and running a theatre, she stays pretty busy, but feels blessed for all the opportunities and challenges it brings. Paddy is a member of National Storytelling Association, Illinois Storytelling Inc., The Illinois Arts Council, and The Illinois Theatre Association. She has performed in many schools and libraries across Illinois, Wisconsin, Arkansas, and Iowa. She loves sharing her love for theatre and storytelling with audiences of all ages and welcomes you to experience her upcoming program, THE BELLE OF AMHERST, on June 12, 2017 at 7 PM. To learn more about Paddy, visit her website at: www.paddylynn.com

 

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Fences: A Snapshot Review, by Luther Goins http://shawchicago.org/fences-a-snapshot-review-by-luther-goins/ Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:01:42 +0000 http://shawchicago.org/?p=6027 FENCES
A Snapshot Review
by Luther Goins
January 16, 2017

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Denzel Washington plays Troy Maxson and Viola Davis plays Rose Maxson in Fences from Paramount Pictures. Directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson. Having seen the exquisite James Earl Jones and Mary Alice in the original Broadway production of Fences, and having thoroughly enjoyed numerous regional theatre productions, I was a bit leery of a film production of what stands out as August Wilson’s most celebrated stage play.

Thankfully, I understand, and accept, the power that follows admitting when you are wrong. Denzel Washington’s film production of FENCES gave me another opportunity to acknowledge this power. The film is nothing less than perfection.

His casting, direction, acting in a principle role; along with his extremely appropriate selection of outdoor and other locations for some scenes, presents a professional guide to excellent film making.

 

With Viola Davis…
you always take the journey. 

 

FENCES is the story of Troy Maxson, a mid-century Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. He tries to be a good husband and father, but his lost dream of glory eats at him, and causes him to make a decision that threatens to tear his family apart.

Troy’s older brother, Gabe Maxson, sustained a head injury in World War II that left him mentally impaired, for which he received a $3000 government payout that Troy (with much ongoing guilt) used to purchase a home for his family.

If his superb directing is not enough, Denzel Washington’s stunning (and hopefully) award-winning performance of Troy Maxson is not to be missed.  We have all become very familiar with Mr. Washington and his talents as an actor. So used to him…that we take him for granted.  It is a true honor to watch him work (as an actor) in this film.  His choices are dead on, his concentration and focus are flawless, and his determination to let us see and experience Troy Maxson is selfless and utterly amazing. Denzel Washington, the movie star and celebrity, quickly disappears and allows an absolutely amazing performance.

Viola Davis as always, defines acting and character development at its’ best.

Her portrayal of Rose Maxson, Troy’s wife, is not to be missed. She gloriously, and proudly, shows us the strength that women have. The strength that keeps the day-to-day emotional struggles from consuming her. She reminds us that women do this on a daily basis.

 

True, solid, and excellent story telling
is about the all of us…
and the human condition.

 

When we, the regular person, puts down $8.00 to $10.00 for a movie ticket, it’s nice to recognize that your money has been well spent. With Viola Davis, you quickly celebrate the fact that you are in talented and capable hands. With Viola Davis…you always take the journey.

If a wonderful script/screenplay and stunning performances by Denzel Washington and Viola Davis is not enough, stand by.  Mykelti Williamson’s performance of the troubled Gabriel Maxson (Uncle Gabe) is moment-to-moment, honest, refreshing, exciting, and brilliant all at once.  He will quietly break (and steal) your heart.  His portrayal of Uncle Gabe clearly stands out as one of the best performances of 2016.

The remainder of this highly appropriate, and extremely talented cast, is spectacular. Stephen McKinley Henderson as Jim Bono, Jovan Adepo as Cory Maxson, Russell Hornsby as Lyons Maxson, and Saniyya Sidney as Raynell Maxson.  They present a masterclass of superb acting.  All together, they remind us that a good play (and a good film) is about ensemble work; about breathing truth; about listening; and about reacting.  BRAVO!

Denzel Washington’s film production of this August Wilson’s masterpiece reminds us that true, solid, and excellent story telling is not about a certain type of person, not about a place, a time, a color, or a nationality.  True, solid, and excellent story telling is about the all of us…and the human condition. August Wilson would have loved this movie.

 

Don’t miss FENCES.

 

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About LUTHER GOINS
(Producer, Director, Playwright)
 After working extensively in Cincinnati as a producer, director, and acting instructor, Luther re-located to Chicago.  He worked as the Assistant to the Producer at the Skokie-based Northlight Theatre. While at Northlight, Luther also held the position of Resident Artistic Director at the African-American based Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre in Evanston, IL. In 1995, he accepted the Managing Director position for the Chicago Theatre Company (another African-American company) located on Chicago’s south side. After many exciting discussions about the opportunities to work directly with the minority membership, Luther accepted a Union Representative position in the Chicago office of Actors’ Equity Association. In 2001, LOVE CHILD, his first play, received a Jeff Citation for “Best New Work”; two Chicago After Dark Awards “Best New Work” and “Best Ensemble”. In 2002, another production of LOVE CHILD received the Chicago African-American Arts Alliance Award for “Best New Play”; and the Cincinnati Entertainment Award for “Best Local Premiere for 2002.” LOVE CHILD, which made its debut in January 2001 at Chicago’s Live Bait Theatre, has celebrated five productions across the country. Luther is happily married to Leon Schrauben, a Chicago Public Schools Teacher. Mr. Goins is currently working on BOY, a new play.

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ShawChicago Presents: HEARTBREAK HOUSE http://shawchicago.org/shawchicago-presents-heartbreak-house/ Mon, 09 Jan 2017 23:45:56 +0000 http://shawchicago.org/?p=6020 SHAWCHICAGO THEATER

Presents
Bernard Shaw’s

 

CHICAGO—ShawChicago concludes its 2016/17 season, Dysfunctional Family Fun, with George Bernard Shaw’s World War I dramedy Heartbreak House. In a Chekovian Fantasia style, Shaw presents a caricature of the 1910s British upper class obsession with propriety. “[Essentially] The upper class who should be the ruling classes fiddle while the country falls apart,” says Artistic Director Robert Scogin. This production runs March 4 through March 27 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60610.

Welcome to the Heartbreak House, where everyone is the least bit concerned that there is a war going on. Boss Mangan, a cold businessman, will marry Ellie Dunn, despite being her father’s age. Ellie Dunn concedes because she’s tired of being poor, but may (or may not) be in love with Hector Hushabye, who is married to Hesione. Hesione is more than happy to oblige Ellie, since her husband is such a liar. Lady Utterword, Hesione’s sister, has returned after 23 years; little does she know that her brother-in-law, Randall, is in romantic pursuit. Captain Shotover, Hesione’s and Lady Utterword’s father, just wants a bottle of rum. Just outside their window, a strange man breaks in, only to ask for charity.

At an unofficial house party, with so much unrequited love, desire is rampant and pettiness is guaranteed. But even with the whole world burning, only witty humor can forge any sort of happy ending for these lasting characters.

“It is relevant [today] because there are so many politicians in government but nothing’s getting done,” says Scogin. “It’s just the 1% who’s out for themselves…. You could say that it’s the 1% that’s running stuff in Heartbreak House and today.”

Cast Members Include: Lydia Berger Gray, Allison Cook, Christian Gray, Richard Henzel, Doug MacKechnie, Richard Marlatt, Mary Michell, Jonathan Nichols and Barbara Zahora.

WHO: ShawChicago Theater Company

WHAT: George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House

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

WHEN: March 4, 3 PM
March 5, 3 PM
March 6, 2 PM
March 11, 3 PM
March 12, 3 PM
March 13, 10 AM
March 18, 3 PM
March 19, 3 PM
March 20, 7 PM
March 25, 3 PM
March 26, 3 PM
March 27, 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. 

 

About Robert Scogin

Robert Scogin, ShawChicago’s Artistic Director, is celebrating his twenty-first 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 thirteen 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 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.

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WE DID IT! THANK YOU! http://shawchicago.org/we-did-it-thank-you/ Thu, 05 Jan 2017 18:00:23 +0000 http://shawchicago.org/?p=6015 Hey ShawFam! We made it!

WE EXCEEDED OUR $10,000 GOAL!!!!!

Thank you for donating, your hardcore support, attending our productions, or just liking a post on Facebook or Twitter! Here’s to another year of providing you with the best classical theater in Chicago!

What’s Next:

G. Bernard Shaw’s war play Heartbreak House is a dramedy filled with wit, romance and unforgettable characters. Captain Shotover and his daughters shock Ellie Dunn out of her romantic delusions and show her how to negotiate the maze of British family life.

 

The Belle Of Amherst, Starring Paddy Lynn!

June 12, 2017, join us for a special summer treat. William Luce‘s The Belle of Amherst is a one-woman play on the life of Emily Dickinson. Starring Paddy Lynn, this is our annual springtime fundraiser. Dessert will follow the performance! Stay tuned for more details!

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Meet The Cast of Jeeves Intervenes! http://shawchicago.org/meet-the-cast-of-jeeves-intervenes/ Thu, 10 Nov 2016 22:54:34 +0000 http://shawchicago.org/?p=5998 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 http://shawchicago.org/shawchicago-proudly-presents-jeeves-intervenes/ Fri, 28 Oct 2016 21:25:26 +0000 http://shawchicago.org/?p=5988 ShawChicago Proudly Presents:

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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.

 

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Marcia and Tim Kazurinsky Talk Acting! http://shawchicago.org/marica-and-tim-kazurinsky-talk-acting/ Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:06:25 +0000 http://shawchicago.org/?p=5981 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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