Electrifying new take on storied rivalry
Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots face off in


Mary Stuart

at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, beginning February 21, 2018

Chicago—January 18, 2018—Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces the cast and creative team for Mary Stuart, Peter Oswald’s electrifying new take on the famously bitter rivalry between Mary, Queen of Scots, and her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England. The two fiercely independent women at the center of the showdown are portrayed by acclaimed actresses K.K. Moggie as Mary and Kellie Overbey as Elizabeth. Award-winning director Jenn Thompson, former artistic director of The Actors Company Theater (named “Company of the Year” by The Wall Street Journal), stages the production in CST’s Courtyard Theater, February 21–April 15, 2018.

Two extraordinary women clash in a no-holds-barred power play over the right to rule. Queen Elizabeth I must decide the fate of her imprisoned cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, who is accused of treason. In a single, clandestine meeting where both women’s ambitions are laid bare, the fate of two countries is decided. Seduction, greed, and deception make for a thrilling war of words between the formidable queens—each surrounded by a cadre of men, jockeying for power and influence.

Peter Oswald’s new high-stakes telling of Friedrich Schiller’s nineteenth century drama premiered at the Donmar Warehouse under the direction of the legendary Phyllida Lloyd. Following rave reviews, the production swiftly transferred to the West End and to Broadway for extended runs, garnering multiple Olivier and Tony Award nominations. Variety praises, "This is no stodgy history lesson but a juicy regal smackdown rendered in direct, muscular language." The New York Times said Oswald’s play has "a fierce timelessness in its depiction of political power games."

Bringing the inimitable women to life onstage are K.K. Moggie as Mary Stuart and Kellie Overbey as Queen Elizabeth I. Moggie’s extensive off-Broadway theater credits include performances at MCC Theater, Classic Stage Company, and Atlantic Theater Company. Overbey made her Broadway debut in the Steppenwolf transfer production of Sam Shepard’s Buried Child, directed by Gary Sinise. She has since appeared on Broadway in The Coast of Utopia (Parts 1, 2 and 3), Twentieth Century, QED, and Judgment at Nuremberg.

Full cast and creative team is announced below. For more information, visit

Creative Team


Andromache Chalfant

Scenic Designer

Linda Cho  

Costume Designer
Philip Rosenberg Co-Lighting Designer
Greg Hofmann Co-Lighting Designer
Mikhail Fiskel Co-Sound Designer
Miles Polaski Co-Sound Designer
Richard Jarvie Wig and Make-up Designer
Kathryn Walsh Verse Coach
Marylynne Anderson Cooper Assistant Director
Cailin Lowans Dramaturg


Andrew Chown Mortimer
Patrick Clear Melvil/Aubespine
Tim Decker Leicester
Kai Alexander Ealy O'Kelly
Kevin Gudahl Paulet
Robert Jason Jackson Shrewsbury
Michael Joseph Mitchell Bellievre/Davison
K.K. Moggie Mary Stuart
Kellie Overbey Queen Elizabeth I
Barbara Robertson Hanna Kennedy
David Studwell Burleigh
Nathan Calaranan Ensemble
Jake Elkins Ensemble

Mary Stuart is presented in Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater, February 21–April 15, 2018. Single tickets are on sale now for $48–$88 (subject to change). Special discounts are available for groups of 10 or more, as well as CST for $20 tickets for patrons under 35. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Box Office at 312.595.5600 or visit the Theater’s website at

CST strives to make its facility and performances accessible to all patrons through its Access Shakespeare programs. Accessible performances for Mary Stuart include:

  • Open-captioning – Thursday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • ASL Duo-interpretation – Friday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Audio-description – Sunday, March 18 at 2:00 p.m. (with optional touch tour at 12:00 p.m.)

A global theatrical force, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) is known for vibrant productions that reflect Shakespeare’s genius for storytelling, musicality of language, and empathy for the human condition. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, Chicago Shakespeare has redefined what a great American Shakespeare theater can be, putting forward a company that delights in the unexpected and defies theatrical category. A Regional Tony Award-winning theater, CST produces acclaimed plays at its home on Navy Pier, throughout Chicago’s schools and neighborhoods, and on stages around the world. In 2017, the Theater unveiled a new stage, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare. Together with the Jentes Family Courtyard Theater and the Thoma Theater Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, The Yard positions CST as the city’s most versatile performing arts venue.


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