SHAWCHICAGO Theater Company Presents
George Bernard Shaw’s
You Never Can Tell
Gold Coast theater presents British women’s liberation comedy.
CHICAGO– ShawChicago’s 2015/16 season concludes with George Bernard Shaw’s “comedy for comedy’s sake,” You Never Can Tell. This British classic follows three children’s search for their father, and their mother, a women’s rights advocate, who keeps them from finding him. You Never Can Tell runs from March 5th through March 28th at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60610.
It’s 1896, and the British suffrage movement is steadily gaining steam. Dolly, Philip and Gloria arrive with their mother, Mrs. Clandon, famed advocate and author of books on modern gender roles, propriety and behavior. However, upon reaching English soil, the three siblings press their mother to reveal their father’s identity. Little do they know that they have already met him: a crotchety Fergus Crampton; and his tenant, a misogynistic, five-shilling dentist named Valentine. To make matters worse for the separated pair, their children have unwittingly invited them all to lunch. Amidst the impending fiasco, Valentine declares his love for Gloria. In his dogged pursuit, both are pitched into a heated debate about women’s rights to education, owning property, a job, and marriage.
Cast members include: Christian Gray, Skip Lundby, Jonathan Nichols, Cynthia Judge, Jack Hickey, Zachary Paul Lawrence, Allison Cook, Jesse Dornan and Barbara Zahora.
WHAT: You Never Can Tell, a comedy of errors about three children’s search for their elusive father and the changing social roles in 1896 England.
WHO: ShawChicago Theater Company.
WHERE: 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60610.
WHEN: Mar. 5: 2:00 PM
Mar. 6: 2:00 PM
Mar. 7: 7:00 PM
Mar. 12: 2:00 PM
Mar. 13: 2:00 PM
Mar. 14: 10:00 AM
Mar. 19: 2:00 PM
Mar. 20: 2:00 PM
Mar. 21: 7:00 PM
Mar. 26: 2:00 PM
Easter: NO SHOW
Mar. 28: 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM
TICKETS: $30.00 General, $25.00 Senior Citizen, $15.00 Students. Tickets may be purchased at www.shawchicago.org or over the phone at 312-587-7390.
About Bernard Shaw
Born in Ireland, George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was a master of satire. A playwright, essayist, novelist and short story writer, Shaw’s writings address prevailing social problems with a vein of comedy; with topics including but not limited to: education, marriage, gender equality, religion, nationhood, health care and class privilege. He is the only playwright to have won a Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Academy Award (1938) for his Pygmalion screenplay.
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.
ShawChicago is a non-profit theater company founded in 1994 with a mission to present the classic plays of George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries as concert readings. An Actor’s Equity Association affiliate, ShawChicago celebrates its 22nd season, Comedy For Serious People, Part 2. 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, retirement living communities and schools. ShawChicago Theater Company is in residence at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts.
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