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CST’s Courtyard Theater
February 21–April 15, 2018
in a new version by Peter Oswald
directed by Jenn Thompson
For one to rule, one must fall. Elizabeth I, Queen of England, must decide the fate of her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, imprisoned and accused of treason. Surrounded by a cadre of men jockeying for power, each queen contends with seduction, greed, and deception in a political power play with deadly stakes. A single, clandestine meeting lays all ambitions bare, with the fate of both—and the future of the budding British Empire—on the line. Peter Oswald’s tense, thrilling adaptation is staged by Jenn Thompson on a grand scale in the Courtyard Theater, creating an Elizabethan world as vibrant and imposingly powerful as these charismatic, unconventional royal peers.
The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare
April 25–June 24, 2018
by William Shakespeare
adapted & directed by Aaron Posner and Teller
Teller (of Penn & Teller) and Aaron Posner, the famed creators behind 2015’s The Tempest, reunite for Shakespeare’s psychological thriller in the theatrical event of the season. Magic, witches, dark moors, and stunning sights will delight and deceive in an electrifying tale of ambition and madness. Dark deeds are afoot in The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, as Macbeth and his Lady risk all for the ultimate prize. But once they have it, how long can they hold on to the throne? Shakespeare’s haunting drama of political intrigue and personal frailty is brought to light in an immersive visual world where “nothing is but what is not.” Chicago’s newest performance space, The Yard hailed as “the greatest new theater in the world,” by Chicago Tribune, is home to this supernatural tale, starring Helen Hayes award-winner Ian Merrill Peakes and Chicago leading lady Chaon Cross as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
CYRANO DE BERGERAC
The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare
May 17, 2018
A.B.L.E. (Artists Breaking Limits & Expectations) provides artistic experiences through which individuals with developmental differences feel empowered to discover their own unique voices and develop the confidence and skills to share who they are. Supported by a staff of teaching artists and volunteer facilitators, actors work together and support each other to create a performance piece, while building lifelong skills that will help both onstage and in their day-to-day lives. The actors, 21 young adults with Down syndrome and other developmental differences, will take the stage with an original adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s classic story about love and war, courage and heartbreak – Cyrano de Bergerac.
Cyrano explores deeper themes such as inner and outer beauty, "otherness", unrequited love, loyalty, and friendship, all of which hit home for any teenager, but especially those with developmental differences. Adapted by A.B.L.E. co-founder and Artistic Director, Katie Yohe, the script has been tailored to the individual strengths of the ensemble. Infused with humor, music, and swordfights, Cyrano offers many opportunities for the cast to showcase their diverse talents.
WAITING FOR GODOT
CST's Courtyard Theater
May 23–June 3, 2018
A WorldStage Production from Ireland
by Samuel Beckett
directed by Garry Hynes
Ireland's prestigious Druid Theatre is back with an enthralling new interpretation of Beckett’s seminal work. In one on the most acclaimed plays of the 20th century, two friends wait at the end of the world for the arrival of the mysterious Godot. To pass the time, they debate life’s great unanswered questions, until two figures appear at dusk. Druid, recognized as one of the world’s greatest acting ensembles, returns after their previous CST engagements of The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Walworth Farce with this universally acclaimed production of Beckett’s classic.