Chicago's award-winning theatrical powerhouse that brought you last season’s Follies—rated the "#1 Show of 2011" by the Chicago Tribune—kicks off the fall theater season with Sondheim and Lapine's soaring musical about a painter's struggle between creating art and living life. The dynamic setting of CST's Courtyard Theater will transform into a life-size masterpiece, bringing audience members closer than ever to this remarkable work inspired by The Art Institute of Chicago's celebrated Seurat painting. Book your tickets to this limited engagement today, and enjoy a spectacular night at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes (includes intermission)
Support of the acting company of Sunday in the Park with George is provided by Merle Reskin.
Music support generously provided by Gayle and Glenn Tilles.
Music Director Brad Haak is the recipient of the Bob Tilles Music Chair, supported by the Gayle and Glenn R. Tilles Music Fund.
Sunday in the Park with George is presented in the Jentes Family Auditorium.
The year is 1884, and on the Island of La Grande Jatte the painter sketches his mistress, Dot. As George sketches, Parisians in the park go about their Sunday lives. George's successful artist friend, Jules, and his wife remark as they pass on how George's art has "no life." Obsessed with this painting, George neglects the human subject at its center, and Dot, now carrying their child, decides that she must end the relationship for a reliable baker named Louis, who wishes to marry her. For the last time, she returns to the park where he sketches to tell George they will be moving to America. As Act I draws to a close, George's subjects seem destined to chaos, when the painter takes control, transforming the scene forever into a tableau of order and harmony.
As Act II begins, the year is 1984 and the American artist named George exhibits his latest work: "Chromolume #7," commemorating the centennial of his great-grandfather's masterpiece—now part of this museum's collection, four thousand miles away from the island in the Seine. George's grandmother Marie is here, too, on this occasion to share memories of her father with the gathered patrons, critics and museum staff. George wrestles with his own demons, uncertain he will ever again find the artistic inspiration of his earlier work. Invited to France to bring his Chromolume #7 to the island where his great-grandfather once re-imagined the Sunday lives of the Parisians, George takes with him a single remnant of family history—Dot's book of grammar rules, where she long ago jotted down her lover's words and imperatives of painting. For the first time understanding his great-grandfather's words, George imagines the artist's blank canvas.