CST Insider August 2014

On Stage

Our City, Our Shakespeare

With our summer tour of Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks entering its final week and rehearsal for the 2014/15 Season opener King Lear now underway, it is clear that the spirit of Shakespeare thrives in Chicago. Tonight, WTTW airs this inspiring documentary that examines Chicago's special relationship with The Bard—weaving together footage from theater, opera, dance and improv on Chicago’s stages and interviews with civic and cultural leaders, theater critics and artists alike. .

Watch a video preview of "Our City. Our Shakespeare"

View Schedule for Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks

Explore King Lear


In the Community

Vitalizing Communities through Shakespeare

Although Shakespeare penned his plays more than 400 years ago, neighborhoods across Chicago are finding just how relevant his words and stories are today. From Englewood and Garfield Park to South Shore and Little Village, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks engages communities and breaks down barriers to arts participation. Recently, Alderman Sawyer of the 6th Ward shared how strengthening the arts in Englewood and Chatham is a catalyst for change, and part of his strategy to invigorate these communities.

Watch Interview with Alderman Sawyer | Listen to a radio spot by local teens


Around the World

Chicago premiere of South Africa’s acclaimed Isango Ensemble

CST’s World’s Stage Series imports the world's most exciting theatrical events to Chicago, affording local theater-goers prime opportunities to experience different cultural traditions and must-see shows without ever leaving the city. In September, we welcome South Africa’s Isango Ensemble with its Olivier Award-winning production The Magic Flute, which effortlessly relocates Mozart's magical, mysterious kingdom to a contemporary African township. 

View Slideshow 

Watch preview video 


Behind the Scenes

Chicago Summit Focuses on Arts Access for Patrons with Disabilities

The 2014 Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability conference brought together professionals from across the country and around the world to share forward-thinking ways that arts organizations can engage people with disabilities and older adults in cultural programs. A leader in this dynamic dialogue, CST helped to kick off the three-day convening with a reception hosted in partnership with the Kennedy Center. 

About Access Shakespeare   |   King Lear Access Shakespeare dates





Up and Coming:

Since I Suppose
August 8–September 21, 2014 

King Lear 
September 9–November 9, 2014

The Magic Flute 
September 25–September 28, 2014

Ionesco Suite 
October 15–October 19, 2014

November 30, 2014–January 18, 2015

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