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Welcome to SHAKES@HOME: our new digital platform updated each week with engaging, original content from our artists, educators, and staff. Whether you are hungry for culture, seeking a little motivation or a momentary escape, you can turn to us for inspiration, community—and a little fun along the way. Together, let’s connect, learn something new, and bring the Bard home! Explore the categories below:

 

SPOTLIGHT ON SHAKESPEARE

Shakespeare and the Citizen Soldier

NEW! Shakespeare and the Citizen Soldier

This Memorial Day, we join the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in honoring our armed forces. Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and scholar Stuart Sherman discuss the soldier’s role in Shakespeare’s plays, through the lens of her Tug of War saga.

Living Room Sonnet Series

Poetry in Motion

Chicago actor Robert Schleifer shares an evocative interpretation of Sonnet 145 (“Those lips that Love's own hand did make...”) in American Sign Language alongside the text, as part of our ongoing Living Room Sonnet Series.

A New Podcast: Asides

NEW! A Brace of Words on ASIDES

Pre•Amble Scholar Dr. Rebecca L. Fall helps make sense of the nonsense in Shakespeare’s complex and witty comedy, Love's Labor's Lost, in the fifth episode of our new podcast, ASIDES.

A Shakespeare SLAM Dunk

Get a front row seat to this past winter’s Chicago Shakespeare SLAM Final Bout! After countless hours of rehearsals and workshops, 500 high school students, friends, and families filled The Yard to cheer, dance, and geek out over Shakespeare.

“Fab Four” Q&A with Director Daryl Cloran

"Fab Four" Q&A with Director Daryl Cloran

Creative Producer Rick Boynton sits down virtually with As You Like It director Daryl Cloran to discuss the Theater’s upcoming music-filled adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy, infused with the hit songs of The Beatles.

TUNE IN

If Music Be the Food of Love

NEW! If Music Be the Food of Love

Dive into our archives with a playlist of memorable moments from Chicago Shakespeare musicals through the years. Ranging from Sondheim classics to summer family musicals, let us sing out and lift your spirits through song.

A Toast to Shakespeare

Toast to Shakespeare's Birthday

A stellar line-up of special guests celebrated our namesake’s 456th birthday with a 30‑minute tribute to the Bard hosted by Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Creative Producer Rick Boynton. Stream the event on-demand now!

YouTube Playlist

Need a Break? Take One with Us.

We’ve gathered some of our favorite Chicago Shakespeare moments in a video playlist to help lift your spirits during these uncertain times. Go ahead: take the stage, “speak the speech,” and sing along!

Cook Like Shakespeare

Cook Like Shakespeare

Our namesake wrote a lot about food—he even baked some characters into it! Discover recipes with actor/chef John Tufts (Nell Gwynn, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Tug of War) from his new book, Fat Rascals: Dining at Shakespeare's Table.

"Shakes It Off" with us on Spotify

From classic hits to pop favorites, we've put together the perfect playlist just for you. Kick off your weekend with Shakespeare-inspired songs we’ve been playing on repeat. (We think the Bard would tune in, too.)

Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

All you need is love—and a knockout playlist! Inspired by our upcoming production of As You Like It set in the '60s, these hits by The Beatles will keep you rocking until we "come together" again.

STRONGER TOGETHER

ABLE Ensemble

NEW! Friends for Life: ABLE Ensemble

We’ve long welcomed to our stages the ABLE Ensemble—an artistic collective for young adults with Down syndrome and other developmental differences. Tune in to the first episode of their new web series re-imagining The Comedy of Errors.

Romeo and Juliet for the E-Learning Classroom

Romeo and Juliet for the E‑Learning Classroom

NBC‑5 profiles Stream & Study, our new free education initiative launched in response to unprecedented challenges in the transition to remote learning. Educators get access to stream our 2017 Romeo and Juliet and comprehensive teaching materials, tailored to now‑virtual classrooms.

Our City Our Shakespeare

WTTW Documentary Feature

Leading civic and cultural figures paint a vibrant portrait of how Shakespeare comes alive in Chicago through theater, opera, ballet, improv, and contemporary art.

Rebuilding a "Brave New World"

Your critical support is what allows us to continue to be of service to our community—something we are finding dramatic new ways to do now, when there is so much need. With a gift of any size, you play an invaluable role in bringing Chicago together through the arts.

16,000 Life-saving Masks and Counting

Life-saving Masks for Hospitals

In partnership with UIC, our production team is mobilizing people across the city to sew thousands of desperately needed patient face masks for hospitals—and providing a source of income to skilled costume artisans at the same time.

Stream & Study Makes Headlines

Stream & Study Makes Headlines

We salute our teachers! ABC-7 highlights Stream & Study, our new free remote learning program. Educators get access to stream our 2017 Romeo and Juliet and comprehensive teaching materials, tailored to our now‑virtual classrooms.

CREATE & LEARN

YouTube Playlist

At-home Learning with the Bard

For the students in your life—whether you are a teacher practicing remotely, or a family helping children learn at home—these drama-based activities will engage students with complex texts—and have fun in the process!

Summer Musical Program Activities

Activities for Young Ones

Parents, engage your children—away from the screen—with print-at-home (and fun to look at) activity pages, inspired by a few of our favorite summer family musicals. Let’s learn, create, and play together!

Play On!

Play On!

“The game is afoot”—flex those mental muscles with interactive diversions inspired by Shakespeare and our productions. Try your hand with digital jigsaw puzzles, mad libs, and word searches for the whole family.

Teacher Handbooks

Bringing Shakespeare to Life

Our teacher handbooks are NOT JUST FOR TEACHERS! Each offers historical background, play summaries, a glimpse into a production’s design—and dozens of active, up-on-your-feet activities for anyone who could use some creative fun with Shakespeare!

THE ART OF CRAFT

Backstage@Home

NEW! Backstage@Home: Magic of Reupholstery

Looking to spruce up your space? Assistant Properties Supervisor Persephone Lawrence-Wescott demonstrates how to transform a piece of furniture with simple DIY reupholstering techniques that you can try at home.

Actor Q&A Series

NEW! Falling in Love with Shakespeare

After emigrating from Argentina as a teen, actor Melisa Soledad Pereyra (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2018) had her first encounter with the Bard and was "enthralled by the music of the words alone."

CityDesk400

Suit the Word to the Action

Shakespeare 400 Chicago, a yearlong celebration of the Bard’s life and work, encompassed more than 800 events across our city. Here, a cadre of “City Desk 400” writers share their reflections on this international festival’s productions.

 

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