CST Insider - October 2013

CPS Shakespeare! Beyond the Stage

Each year we unite a citywide ensemble of approximately 30 CPS students, their English teachers and professional CST artists to produce an original, ensemble-devised abridgement of a Shakespeare play. The students recruited for CPS Shakespeare! are not selected for their theatrical aspirations, but rather for their potential to benefit from the experience. Through more than 100 hours logged during six weeks of rehearsals, these students grow together, providing mutual support for risk-taking, creative expression, personal exploration and academic development. Their work culminates in two public performances in CST’s Courtyard Theater.

CPS Shakespeare! alumni have gone on to academic and artistic success in their chosen fields. Some, such as Tony Vega and Warren Baskin, have even returned to the Theater to work in a professional capacity. For the past two summers, Tony has worked as the Assistant Project Manager for Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks, helping to inaugurate and grow CST’s initiative that brings free professional Shakespeare productions to neighborhoods across the city. Warren, a three-time participant of CPS Shakespeare! and now a senior at the University of Illinois in Chicago, returns  to CST this year as the CPS Shakespeare! intern. He says, "I just remember CPS Shakespeare! as a whole was really a life-changing event for me."

CPS Shakespeare! Othello runs Friday, November 1 at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 2 at 10:30 a.m. in CST's Courtyard Theater. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased by calling Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Box Office at 312.595.5600 or visiting

Video: Interview with CPS Shakespeare! alumni


Gallery: CPS Shakespeare! in rehearsal





Up and Coming:

Cyrano de Bergerac
September 24–November 10, 2013

The Table 
October 16–27, 2013

The Merry Wives of Windsor
December 3, 2013–January 19, 2014

February 6–March 23, 2014 

Road Show
March 13–May 4, 2014

Short Shakespeare!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.
February 22–March 22, 2014

Tristan & Yseult
March 30–April 13, 2014

Henry V
April 29–June 15, 2014

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