Ride the Cyclone

September 29

November 8, 2015

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

book, music and lyrics by
Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell
directed and choreographed
by Rachel Rockwell

     Deliciously fresh and as irreverent as it is accomplished... it leaves you grinning ear to ear.

Time Out Chicago

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The Play

This fall marks the U.S. premiere of a new musical with a refreshingly offbeat twist. Part comedy, part tragedy—and wholly unexpected—this wildly imaginative story delivers surprises at every turn. The lives of six teenagers from a Canadian chamber choir are cut short in a freak accident aboard a roller coaster. A mechanical fortune-teller invites each to tell their story of a life interrupted—offering the chance to come to terms with their fates. At once quirky and smart, edgy and beautiful, Ride the Cyclone ultimately reveals the resilience of the human spirit in spite of senseless tragedy. 



Video: Ride the Cyclone Montage

Gallery: On Stage

Gallery: Meet "The Choir"


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Critical Acclaim

Chicago Tribune raves: "quirky, bizarre, emotionally hefty and tantalizing, Ride the Cyclone is poised to take the musical world by storm."
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Conversation with the Creators

Co-creators Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell discuss their original musical, now making its U.S. premiere at CST.
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Developing New Works

CST identifies, supports and nurtures writers and creators whose ideas are as big and audacious as our "resident playwright," William Shakespeare.
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The Players

Creative Team

Brooke Maxwell Book, Music and Lyrics

Jacob Richmond Book, Music and Lyrics

Rachel Rockwell Director / Choreographer

Doug Peck Music Director

Scott Davis Scenic Designer

Theresa Ham Costume Designer

Greg Hofmann Lighting Designer

Mike Tutaj Projection Designer

Palmer Jankens  Sound Designer

Melissa Veal Wig and Make-up Designer

Ericka Mac Associate Director / Choreographer

Michael Kaish Associate Music Director / Conductor / Keyboard


Lillian Castillo Constance Blackwood

Jackson Evans Ricky Potts

Karl Hamilton The Amazing Karnak

Russell Mernagh Mischa Bachinski

Emily Rohm Jane Doe

Tiffany Tatreau Ocean O'Connell Rosenberg

Kholby Wardell Noel Gruber

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