Open Door at CST is a series of audience enrichment programs offering introductory as well as in-depth studies of the ideas embodied in CST's plays. Through the Open Door programs, we strive to offer our patrons a deeper understanding of what they see on stage, as well as providing points of entry for engaging with the messages that the plays explore.
A team of university scholars lead half-hour lectures that provide insight into a Chicago Shakespeare Theater production. Each talk bridges the worlds of scholarship and performance, examining the play in its historical context as well as the interpretive choices made by the director and design team. Pre·Ambles are held at the Theater an hour before curtain on select Saturdays and Sundays throughout the run.
View the schedules for the 2012/13 Season shows: The School for Lies, Julius Caesar and Henry VIII
Listen to past lectures for Sunday in the Park with George, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew and Richard III.
Pub Cast Calls
Patrons are given a rare opportunity to talk with members of the cast before they get into their costumes and characters. Cast Calls are held before select performances in the casual atmosphere of the Theater's Pub, where patrons and artists meet for an informal discussion about the play before the curtain goes up.
The School for Lies: January 4
Julius Caesar: March 8
Henry VIII: May 31
Chicago Shakespeare Theater's post-show discussions provide audience members an opportunity to ask the cast questions about the performance they have just experienced. Held after every Wednesday matinee performance and after every Saturday matinee of Short Shakespeare! abridgments, these half-hour discussions are entertaining and informative.
Listen to excerpts of past Talk Backs for Sunday in the Park with George, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew.