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ShawChicago History

1994 -Established as a program of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.
-Andrew Callis becomes Artistic Director
-Deborah Davis becomes Managing Director
1996 -Robert Scogin becomes Artistic Director
1997 -Outreach Program established
-Claudia Cassidy Performing Arts Series presented
1998 -Advisory Committee established
-First collaboration with Turkey, presentation of Kuvayi Milliye in Claudia Cassidy Theater
-Steve Cardamone becomes Outreach Coordinator
-Betty Johnson becomes House Manager
2000 -Becomes an independent not-for profit theater company
-Office established
-Board of Directors formed
-Tony Courier becomes Board Chair
-Website established
-Irene Kogan arranges first Shaw Festival trip as a fundraiser
2001 Don Juan in Hell presented at the Cultural Center Storefront Theater
-Full production of The Millionairess presented as a co-production with/at Next Theater in Evanston
-Terry Gallagher becomes Outreach Coordinator
2002 -First production outside the Cultural Center, Candida presented at First St. Paul’s Church
-First Gala Benefit held at The Arts Club of Chicago
-Tony Courier becomes Managing Director
-Lois Baum becomes Board Chair
2003 -Office moves to Ruth Page Center for the Arts
-Becomes resident theater company at the Ruth Page Center
-First production at the Ruth Page Theater – Jitta’s Atonement (Trebitsch)
-First Board Retreat
2005 -Tickets sold for the first time
-Barbara Denemark Long becomes Board Chair
-Awarded SmART Growth grant by the Chicago Community Trust. $20,000 per year for three years. One of 20 arts organizations selected from nearly 200 applicants
2006 -Full production of The Devil’s Disciple at Ruth Page Theater
-Sesquecentennial celebration of Shaw’s birth at the Chicago Cultural Center
-In the Footsteps of Shaw trip to London and Dublin
2007 -Belinda Bremner becomes Board Chair
2008 -Arielle Augustyn becomes Outreach Coordinator
-Subscriptions offered for the first time
-Betty Johnson becomes Subscription Manager
Mid-Winter’s Tales added to offerings
2009 -Receives MacArthur grant to perform Ghosts at World Theater Day in Turkey
2010 -Natalia Nebel becomes Board Chair
-Chicago Shaw Symposium co-sponsored with the International Shaw Society in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
-Awarded National Endowment for the Arts grant for 2011 production of Paradise Lost
2011 -Jonathan Tunney becomes Board Chair
-Awarded a City Arts grant to develop Shakespeare’s People for presentation in Chicago Public Schools
2012 -Special events presented for the first time
     Mark Twain in Person, January 20 and March 23
     Dear Liar – May 23
     Will Roger: An American Original – September 28-Bernard Conroy,  Eva Lichtenberg, Ellen O’Brien and Constance Rial-Matthews become Board Members
2013  -Kevin Murphy becomes Board Vice Chair
-Special Events presented:
     The Art of Cornelia Otis Skinner – March 18
2014  -20th Anniversary Season-Offered first special 10 am performance for high school students
-Offered first Monday matinee performance for retirement living communities
-Special Event presented:
     Look Away – March 17
-2nd Chicago Shaw Symposium co-sponsored by the International Shaw Society and the Illinois Humanities Council, May 16 and 17
-Recognized by the City Council of the City of Chicago for two decades of service to the City and honoring ShawChicago’s 20th anniversary.
-20th Anniversary Gala Dinner at The Casino Club
2015  -Eva Lichtenberg becomes Board Chair
-Jean Eisenman, Carolyn Kirk, and Mickey Mergener become Board members
-Monday Matinees offered at two productions for Retirement Living Communities
-Special Event presented:
     Abraham Lincoln Carved in Stone – February 16
2016  -Monday Matinees offered at three production for Retirement Living Communities
-Rohan Zhou-Lee joined the staff as Marketing and Public Relations Manager
-Chicago Senior Centers invited to a special 10 am performance
-Special Event presented:
     Mark Twain in Person – June 20
2017
2018

 

 

2015-2016
Geneva by Bernard Shaw
September 4 – 28, 2015
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Private Lives by Noel Coward
November 21 – December 14, 2015
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

You Never Can Tell by Bernard Shaw
March 5 – 28, 2016
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Mark Twain In Person created by Richard Henzel
June 20, 2016
Ruth Page for the Arts

2014-2015
Don Juan in Hell  by Bernard Shaw
October 18 – November 10, 2014
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

The Importance of Being Earnest  by Oscar Wilde
February 7 – March 2, 2015
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Abraham Lincoln Carved in Stone  created by Richard Marlatt
February 16, 2015
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Major Barbara  by Bernard Shaw
April 25 – May 18, 2015
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

2013-2014
Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw
October 12 – November 4, 2013
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Saint Joan by Bernard Shaw
February 1 – 24, 2014
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Look Away by Jerome Kilty
March 17, 2014
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Man and Superman by Bernard Shaw
April 26 – May 19, 2014
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

2012-2013
Will Rogers: An American Original  created by Kevin McKillip
August 24, 2012
Studio 825, The Fine Arts Building

The Millionairess by Bernard Shaw
October 13 – November 5, 2012
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Widowers’ Houses by Bernard Shaw
February 2 – 25, 2013
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

The Art of Cornelia Otis Skinner  adapted by Robert Scogin
March 18, 2013
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

James Barrie’s Quartets by James Barrie
April 13 – May 6, 2013
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

2011-2012
Noel Coward in Two Keys by Noel Coward
October 15 – November 7, 2011
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Mark Twain in Person  created by Richard Henzel
January 20, 2012
Studio 825, The Fine Arts Building

Androcles and the Lion by Bernard Shaw
February 4 – 27, 2012
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Mark Twain in Person  created by Richard Henzel
March 23, 2012
Studio 825, The Fine Arts Building

Mrs. Warren’s Profession by Bernard Shaw
April 14 – May 7, 2012
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Dear Liar by Jerome Kilty
May 23, 2012
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

2010-2011
Candida by Bernard Shaw
October 16 – November 8, 2010
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Paradise Lost by Clifford Odets
February 5 – 28, 2011
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Arms and the Man by Bernard Shaw
April 16 – May 9, 2011
Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

Homecoming: Scenes from the Road  created by Robert Scogin
May 25, 2011
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

2009-2010
Votes for Women! by Elizabeth Robins
October 17 – November 9, 2009
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Mid-Winter’s Tales arranged by Belinda Bremner
December 18 – 21, 2009
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

The Philanderer by Bernard Shaw
February 6 – March 1, 2010
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

The Doctor’s Dilemma by Bernard Shaw
April 17 – May 10, 2010
Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theatre

2008-2009
The Apple Cart by Bernard Shaw
October 18 – November 10, 2008
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Mid-Winter’s Tales arranged by Belinda Bremner
December 19 – 21, 2008
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

John Bull’s Other Island by Bernard Shaw
February 7 – March 2, 2009
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen
March 23, 2009 (World Theater Day)
Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey

Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen
April 18 – May 11, 2009
Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theatre

2007-2008
Getting Married by Bernard Shaw
November 17 – December 10, 2007
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

The Cassilis Engagement by St. John Hankin
January 12 – February 2, 2008
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

What Every Woman Knows by James Barrie
April 12 – May 3, 2008
Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theatre

2006-2007
O’Flaherty, V.C. by Bernard Shaw
The Shewing Up of Blanco Posnet by Bernard Shaw
July 26, 2006 – 150th Anniversary of Shaw’s Birth
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater

Arms and the Man by Bernard Shaw
November 5, 2006 – Chicago Humanities Festival
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater

You Never Can Tell by Bernard Shaw
October 14 – November 6, 2007
Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Caesar and Cleopatra by Bernard Shaw
April 14 – May 7, 2007
Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

2005-2006
Major Barbara by Bernard Shaw
October 15 – November 12, 2005 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

Don Juan in Hell by Bernard Shaw
January 14 – February 6, 2006 Ruth Page Center for the Arts

The Devil’s Disciple by Bernard Shaw
March 16 – April 15, 2006 Ruth Page Center for the Arts

2004-2005
Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw
November 6-29, 2004 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

Mrs. Warren’s Profession by Bernard Shaw
January 8-31, 2005 Ruth Page Center for the Arts

The Man of Destiny by Bernard Shaw and
The Old Lady Shows Her Medals by J. M. Barrie
May 7-30, 2005 Ruth Page Center for the Arts

2003-2004
On The Rocks by Bernard Shaw
November 2 – 24, 2003 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

Fanny’s First Play by Bernard Shaw
January 3 – 26, 2004 Ruth Page Center for the Arts

The Lady From the Sea by Henrik Ibsen,
adapted by Robert Scogin
April 17 – May 10, 2004 Ruth Page Center for the Arts

2002-2003
Too True to be Good by Bernard Shaw
November 2 – 25, 2002 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

Jitta’s Atonement by Siegfried Trebitsch. Translated/adapted by Bernard Shaw
January 4 – 27, 2003 Ruth Page Center for the Arts

The Philanderer by Bernard Shaw
April 26 – May 19, 2003 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

2001-2002
Widowers’ Houses by Bernard Shaw
November 3 – 26, 2001 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

Candida by Bernard Shaw
January 5 – 28, 2002 First Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church

Annajanska the Bolshevik Empress and
Great Catherine by Bernard Shaw
April 27 – May 18, 2002 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

2000-2001
Man and Superman by Bernard Shaw
November 4 – 27, 2000 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

Don Juan in Hell by Bernard Shaw
Jan. 6 – 22, 2001 Chicago Cultural Center, Storefront Theater

The Millionairess by Bernard Shaw
Feb. 2 – Mar. 10, 2001 Next Theater, CoProduction with Next Theater

Arms and the Man by Bernard Shaw
Apr. 28 – May 9, 2001 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

1999-2000
Back To Methuselah by Bernard Shaw
November 18 – 23, 1999 Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater

In Good King Charles’s Golden Days by Bernard Shaw
Jan. 22 – Feb. 14, 2000 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

Geneva by Bernard Shaw
Apr. 15 – May 8, 2000 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

1998-1999
The Devil’s Disciple by Bernard Shaw
October 24 – November 16, 1998 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde
January 23 – February 14, 1999 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

Kuvayi Milliye by Nazim Hikmet
March 6 – 15, 1999 Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater

You Never Can Tell by Bernard Shaw
April 17 – May 10, 1999 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

1997-1998
The Millionairess by Bernard Shaw
October 25 – November 17, 1997 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

Mrs. Warren’s Profession by Bernard Shaw
January 31 – February 23, 1998 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

Captain Brassbound’s Conversion by Bernard Shaw
April 25 – May 18, 1998 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

1996-1997
Androcles and the Lion by Bernard Shaw
October 26 – November 18, 1996 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles by Bernard Shaw
January 5 – 13, 1997 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

The Adventures of the Black Girl in her Search for God by Bernard Shaw
January 19 – 27, 1997 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

Major Barbara by Bernard Shaw
April 27 – May 19, 1997 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

1995-1996
Misalliance by Bernard Shaw
September 17 – October 8, 1995 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

Back to Methuselah: Act I – In The Beginning
and Act V – As Far As Thought Can Reach
 by Bernard Shaw
March 12 – 27, 1995 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

Getting Married by Bernard Shaw
May 14 – June 12, 1995 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

John Bull’s Other Island by Bernard Shaw
January 7 –14, 1996 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

I Knock At The Door by Sean O’Casey
January 21 – 29, 1996 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

Heartbreak House by Bernard Shaw
May 5 – June 3, 1996 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

1994-1995
The Apple Cart by Bernard Shaw
September 11 – 26, 1994 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

1993-1994
The Doctor’s Dilemma by Bernard Shaw
March 11-27, 1994 Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater

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