A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Extended by popular demand through February 3

Company features Grey’s Anatomy alum T.R. Knight

with Alexandra Silber, Edward O’Blenis, Cristina Panfilio, Tyrone Phillips,
Melisa Soledad Pereyra, Eric Schabla, and Sam Kebede


Chicago—January 10, 2019—Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces today the extension of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, now playing in the Courtyard Theater through February 3, 2019. Staged by internationally acclaimed director Joe Dowling, Shakespeare’s beloved comedy is infused with raucous humor, dazzling dance numbers, and eclectic musical score blending rock, jazz, blues, rock, and ‘50s doo-wop.

A multi-talented company of twenty-two artists notably features Grey’s Anatomy alum T.R. Knight as Bottom—as well as Alexandra Silber (Titania/Hippolyta), Edward O’Blenis (Theseus/Oberon), Cristina Panfilio (Helena), Tyrone Phillips (Lysander), Melisa Soledad Pereyra (Hermia), Eric Schabla (Demetrius), and Sam Kebede (Puck).

Portraying the amateur theatrical troupe known as “The Mechanicals” alongside T.R. Knight are Jonathan Butler-Duplessis (Snout), Joe Dempsey (Peter Quince), William Dick (Egeus/Snug), Sara Sevigny (Starveling), and Alec Silver (Francis Flute). Also featured in the ensemble are Adrienne Storrs as the First Fairy, as well as Ethan Deppe, Michael Ferraro, Luke Halpern, Andrew MacNaughton, Jarais Musgrove, Michael Rawls, KJ Sheldon, and Lauren Smith.

Dowling is joined on the creative team by Composer and Music Director Keith Thomas, Scenic Designer Todd Rosenthal, Costume Designer Fabio Toblini, Lighting Designers Jesse Klug and Greg Hofmann, Sound Designer Christopher M. LaPorte, and Wig and Make-Up Designer Richard Jarvie. Completing the creative team are Choreographer Joe Chvala, Verse Coach Kevin Gudahl, and Assistant Director Erin Kraft.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream is presented in Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater, now through February 3, 2019. Single tickets ($48–$88) are on sale now. Special discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. 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

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—a company that defies theatrical category. This Regional Tony Award-winning theater’s year-round season features as many as twenty productions and 650 performances—including plays, musicals, world premieres, family programming, and presentations from around the globe. Chicago Shakespeare is the city’s leading producer of international work, and has toured its own productions across five continents. The Theater’s nationally acclaimed arts in literacy programs support the work of teachers, and bring Shakespeare to life on stage for tens of thousands of students annually. Each summer, the company tours a free professional production to neighborhood parks across Chicago. In 2017 the Theater unveiled The Yard, which, together with the Jentes Family Courtyard Theater and the Thoma Theater Upstairs, positions Chicago Shakespeare as Chicago’s most versatile performing arts center.


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