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February 18, 2024

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

music & lyrics by Sufjan Stevens
(based on the album Illinois)
story by Justin Peck and Jackie Sibblies Drury
directed & choreographed by Justin Peck


“Justin Peck can do anything he wants with choreography: a virtuoso of the form.”

–The New York Times

“Sufjan Stevens is the rarest of talents: prolific, intelligent, and brimming with heart-wrenching melodies. Illinois is his masterpiece.”


Pulitzer Prize Winner Jackie Sibblies Drury’s work is “breathless and radiant”

–The New York Times

Justin Peck, Sufjan Stevens, Jackie Sibblies DruryGrammy and Oscar-nominated Sufjan Stevens’ acclaimed album enjoys cult status for its lush orchestrations and wildly inventive portrayal of our state’s people and places—landing on “best of the decade” lists in Rolling Stone, NPR, and Paste. Now, one of today’s most in-demand directors and choreographers, Tony Award winner Justin Peck (New York City Ballet, Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story), embraces the album in an ecstatic pageant of storytelling, theater, dance, and music, with a narrative crafted with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury. The virtuosic cast and a live band lead audiences on a journey through our state—from campfire stories to the edges of the cosmos.

Non-stop Laughs...
CBS Sunday Morning feature: Justin Peck
Illinoise: On Stage

ASL Interpretation: Fri, February 9 7:00 p.m.

Audio Description: Sun, February 11 2:30 p.m.

Open Captioning: Wed, February 14 1:30 & 7:00 p.m.


The Players

Creative Team

Sufjan Stevens Music & Lyrics

Justin Peck Story, Director & Choreographer

Jackie Sibblies Drury Story

Nathan Koci Music Direction & Music Supervision

Timo Andres Music Arrangements & Orchestrations

Adam Rigg Scenic Design

Brandon Stirling Baker Lighting Design

Garth MacAleavey Sound Design

Reid Bartelme & Harriet Jung Costume Design

Andrew Diaz Props Design

Julian Crouch Masks

Adriana Pierce Associate Director & Choreographer

Sean Peter Forte Associate Music Direction

Brian Freeland Production Manager

Rick Steiger Production Stage Manager

Christopher R. Munnell Stage Manager

Narissa Agustin Assistant Stage Manager

Nate Koch Executive Producer

NVK / Jenna Ready + Joanna Pisano General Management

ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann Booking Agent


Kara Chan Star / Player

Ben Cook Carl / Player

Jeanette Delgado Jo Daviess / Player / Dance Captain

Gaby Diaz Shelby / Player

Robbie Fairchild Clark / Player

Christine Flores Anâkwa / Player

Jada German Swing

Zachary Gonder Swing

Rachel Lockhart Morgan / Player

Dario Natarelli Swing

Tyrone Reese Swing

Craig Salstein I-94 East Bound / Player / Dance Captain

Ahmad Simmons Douglas / Player

Byron Tittle Estrella / Tap Dancer / Player

Ricky Ubeda Henry

Alejandro Vargas Wayne / Player

Elijah Lyons Vocalist

Shara Nova Vocalist

Tasha Viets-VanLear Vocalist

Sean Peter Forte Instrumentalist

Domenica Fossati Instrumentalist

Daniel Freedman Instrumentalist

Dan Galat Instrumentalist

Kathy Halvorson Instrumentalist

Nathan Koci Instrumentalist

Eleonore Oppenheim Instrumentalist

Brett Parnell Instrumentalist

Christopher Scanlon Instrumentalist

Kyra Sims Instrumentalist

Jessica Tsang Instrumentalist

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