Melissa Carlson (Lady Capulet) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where she appeared as Titania/Hippolyta in Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other credits include: Tea at Five, Antigone, Much Ado About Nothing (First Folio Theatre); Berlin ’45, Pyretown, The Action Against Sol Schumann (Victory Gardens Theater); The Real Thing, How I Learned to Drive, All My Sons (Illinois Theatre Center); Dylan (Seanachaí Theatre Company); Edward II (Red Hen Theatre); Richard III, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare on the Green); Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare’s Motley Crew); Six Degreesof Separation (Raven Theatre); Tattoo (Trap Door Theatre); and A Yard of Sun (Famous Door Theatre). Television credits include Early Edition (CBS) and Underemployed (MTV).
Melissa was a senior at Highland Park High School when she acted in her first Shakespeare play. “I was Kate in The Taming of the Shrew. I fell in love with it. Hearing the language as opposed to reading it was crucial for me.”
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