The last of the leaves have fallen and it’s almost time to consider a long term hibernation as the winds off the lake grow colder and colder. While you’re trapped in the house watching reruns of TV shows on Netflix, imagine a stage full of one-of-a-kind performances and reinvented classics. Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier brings these imaginings to life this winter with tales of adventure, existential crisis, war, and murder. So strap on those snow boots and pop on those ear muffs – it’s time to get theatrical.
One of Shakespeare’s most epic plays, Pericles follows the quest of Pericles, Prince of Tyre, on a journey filled with adventure, family, villains, goddesses and more. Ben Carlson, “one of North America’s best classical performers,” as proclaimed by the Chicago Tribune, returns to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater stage as the lead. The play will run from November 30, 2014 through January 18, 2015 and is directed by David H. Bell.
The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival calls the Windy City its home from January 14-25 and Chicago Shakespeare Theater is pleased to take a leading role in its inauguration. Blind Summit’s The Table follows one cranky Moses facing quite the predicament. This theatrical interpretation of the biblical story of Moses told through puppetry strays from the typical storyline and delivers its message with humor, reflection and artistry.
Could you balance stones on top of each other without glue or other manipulations so artfully that it slows heartbeats and displays the harmony produced by extreme patience and focus? Nick Steur can. A creator and performer, Nick premiers his award-winning production, Freeze! at the Chicago Shakespeare as part of the Chicago International Puppet Theater in January 2015.
Short Shakespeare! Macbeth
Take a popular Shakespeare play about politics, ambition and tragedy, condense it into 75 minutes and you’ve got yourself Short Shakespeare! Macbeth. Adapted and directed by Kirsten Kelly, the supernatural comes to life on stage Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. from January 17-February 14, 2015. Hang around after the performance for question-and-answer sessions with the actors!
What better way to follow up your viewing of Macbeth than with the sequel from playwright David Greig? Dunsinane picks up from Macbeth’s death and explores the attempt to restore order in war-torn Scotland with moments of intensity and humor. Enjoy this piece directed by Roxana Silbert running from February 26-March 22, 2015.
Flowers may be sleeping until spring, but that doesn’t mean you have to join them. Come on out to Navy Pier and enjoy one of the many shows described above that are sure to be a hit! Find more tickets and information on show times at Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s website.