Artistic Director Robert Falls reimagines The Winter’s Tale—one of William Shakespeare’s final and most wildly theatrical works—following celebrated revivals of Measure for Measure (2013) and King Lear (2006) at Goodman Theatre. Hailed as “no modern director better at making a play’s iconic moments pop with fresh irreverence” (Chicago Tribune), Falls has cast a 19-member company of Chicago’s new and familiar faces. In The Winter’s Tale, a jealous king accuses his wife of infidelity, setting off a calamitous series of events. But what begins as tragedy evolves, unexpectedly, into a fantastical journey—from wrath to redemption to reconciliation. The Winter’s Tale appears May 4 – June 9 (opening night is May 13) in the Albert Theatre. Tickets ($20 - $80; subject to change) are available at GoodmanTheatre.org/WintersTale, by telephone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 N. Dearborn). Support for The Winter’s Tale is provided by Corporate Sponsor Partner Mayer Brown, LLP.
The Artistic Home Ensemble today announced the cast for its final production of the 2018-19 season - the Chicago premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s ADA AND THE ENGINE, which was given its world premiere by Central Works Theater Company of Berkeley, California in 2015. ADA AND THE ENGINE is an historical drama about Ada, the daughter of the poet Lord Byron, and Ada’s friend and soul-mate, Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer.
The Chicago Premiere of AFTERGLOW, an off-Broadway hit from 2017 exploring the emotional, intellectual, and physical connections between three men and the broader implications within their relationships, will be extended for an additional four weeks to meet demand. The drama, directed by Pride Films and Plays Executive Director David Zak, which opened on March 27, was originally scheduled to close on Sunday, May 5 but will now play until Sunday, June 2 in the Buena Theatre of the Pride Arts Center. Casting for the extension will be announced shortly.
Build-up can lead to tremendous joy or vast disappointment; it’s why we still talk about The Sopranos finale, why we so often despairingly compare expectations and realizations. But Ike Holter’s masterful conclusion to his seven-play “Rightlynd Saga” not only lives up to but surpasses the hype surrounding it. Politically charged and poetically written, Holter’s two hour finale captivates at every turn, establishing itself firmly as Chicago’s must-see production of the season.
Midsommer Flight, the professional not-for-profit theatre company that has been bringing free Shakespeare to Chicago parks since 2012, will perform a free staged reading of CORIOLANUS on Thursday, May 2 at 7 pm and Friday, May 3 at 8 pm. Both readings will be performed at Uncommon Ground Edgewater, 1401 W. Devon Avenue. Tickets will be free, with reservations available through the Midsommer Flight website.
Prop Thtr is pleased to announce Peter Bucci will serve as the company’s new Managing Director. Bucci succeeds Diane Hamm, who served from 2014 – 2018.
The Greenhouse Theater Center (GTC) is pleased to announce its 2019 Season featuring three co-productions with Chicago companies. The season kicks off the with the U.S. premiere adaptation of SONS AND LOVERS, co-produced with On The Spot Theatre. Based on the novel by D.H. Lawrence set in early 20th century England, the drama is adapted and directed by Mike Brayndick. Up next, The Greenhouse partners with Proxy Theatre for the Midwest premiere of the down-and-dirty rom-com musical (of sorts!) MIDSUMMER (A Play with Songs) written by Scottish playwright David Greig, with music by indie-favorite Gordon McIntyre and direction by Randy White. Finally, GTC joins forces with GLP Productions for the world premiere of David Alex’s political drama N, directed by TaRon Patton. Single tickets for all production will go on sale at a later date. For additional information, visit www.greenhousetheatercenter.org.
Strawdog Theatre Company is pleased to conclude its 31st season with the world premiere of TAKE ME, a musical comic fantasia written by Mark Guarino, with original music and lyrics by Jon Langford (The Mekons, The Waco Brothers). Based on real events, ensemble member Anderson Lawfer* directs this new musical about a woman struggling with trauma who finds solace in the world of alien conspiracy theories. TAKE ME will play May 10 – June 22, 2019 at Strawdog’s new home at 1802 W. Berenice Ave. in Chicago’s Northcenter neighborhood. Tickets are currently available at www.strawdog.org
BoHo Theatre continues its 2019 season with THE RIVER, a haunting and complex new play by playwright Jez Butterworth, directed by Jerrell L. Henderson. THE RIVER was called “a magnetically eerie, luminously beautiful psychodrama” by TIME OUT LONDON. Henderson’s cast will include Joe Lino as Man, Christina Gorman as Woman, Chelsee Carter as Other Woman. THE RIVER will be staged at the Greenhouse Theater Center and will open to the press on Saturday, June 15, following previews from June 8.
Black Lives, Black Words International Project, in partnership with Goodman Theatre and Artistic Directors of the Future, is proud to announce the festival line-up for “I AM…FEST: A Celebration of Women of Color in Arts, Activism and Leadership.” Curated by Black Lives, Black Words Co-founders Reginald Edmund and Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway, “I AM…FEST” is a first-of-its-kind international festival that shines a spotlights on female voices across the globe through three days of innovative and inspiring events. “I AM…FEST: A Celebration of Women of Color in Arts, Activism and Leadership” takes place at Goodman Theatre (170 North Dearborn), April 27 – 29. Admission for many events are FREE (first come, first served reservations required); reservations and tickets ($10 – 25) for the 10-minute play showcase on Monday, April 29, which includes The Interrogation of Sandra Bland can be purchased at GoodmanTheatre.org/IAMFest.