I, Cinna (the poet)


Production Sponsor   Burton X. and Sheli Z. Rosenberg


Interested in how speech changes humans, how ordinary people are roiled by persuasive rhetoric? You’ll find stimulating fodder here. Starring the complex actor Julian Parker under the stylish direction of Tyrone Phillips.


A timely new theatrical film tailored for the virtual experience. It’s time to write the revolution. In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, the humble, apolitical poet Cinna hardly says a word before being mistaken for a conspirator against Caesar, and torn to pieces by an angry mob. Now Cinna searches for the subject of a new poem and invites us, the audience, to write along live in this searing exploration of words and actions, protests and power. The North American Premiere production of Tim Crouch’s I, Cinna (the poet) is staged by Tyrone Phillips, founder and artistic director of acclaimed ensemble-based Definition Theatre.

Chicago Shakespeare is committed to making its performances accessible to all patrons. ASL Interpretation, Audio Description, and Closed Captioning services are available.


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Tim Crouch Writer

Tyrone Phillips Director

Yu Shibagaki Scenic Designer

Christine Pascual Costume Designer

Jason Lynch Lighting Designer

Mikhail Fiksel Sound Designer

Mike Tutaj Video Designer

Jinni Pike Production Stage Manager


Julian Parker Cinna

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April 5–May 30, 2021

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by Tim Crouch
directed by Tyrone Phillips

Run Time: 60 minutes

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