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June 24, 2018

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

by William Shakespeare
adapted & directed by Aaron Posner and Teller

Fast-paced, visually exciting, filled with cool illusions…and voraciously intellectual.

Chicago Tribune

This is a powerful cast…put on the ‘must-see’ list.

Around the Town Chicago

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The Play

Aaron Posner and Teller (of Penn & Teller), the famed creators behind 2015’s The Tempest, reunite for Shakespeare’s psychological thriller in the theatrical event of the season. Magic, witches, moors, and stunning sights will delight and trick the eye 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. 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.” The Yard, hailed as “the greatest new theater in the world,” by the 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.



Video: Go behind-the-scenes of Macbeth

Video: Audiences respond to Macbeth

Video: On Stage: Macbeth


More to Explore

Critical Acclaim

“Posner and Teller effectively use stylish visuals, including illusions, to create a dark, foreboding, scary world,” hails Chicago Sun-Times.
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A Conversation with the Directors

Directors Aaron Posner and Teller spoke with members of the Chicago Shakespeare staff as they prepared for rehearsals to begin.
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Playgoer’s Guide

An overview of Macbeth, a play shrouded in mystery and superstition so rife that, to this day, some fear uttering its name in the theater.
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The Players

Creative Team

Aaron Posner Adapter/Director

Teller Adapter/Director

Dan Conway Scenic Designer

Mara Blumenfeld Costume Designer

Thom Weaver Lighting Designer

Johnny Thompson Magic Designer

André Pluess Sound Designer/Composer

Richard Jarvie Wig and Make-up Designer

Susan Felder Verse Coach

Bob Mason Casting

Kenny Wollesen Musical Instruments of Darkness Design & Construction

Magdalene Spanuello Associate Director


Adam Wesley Brown Malcolm

McKinley Carter Weird Sister

Chaon Cross Lady Macbeth

Kyle Curry Donalbain

Christopher Donahue Duncan/Doctor

Theo Germaine Weird Sister

 Lady Macduff/Gentlewoman

Ronnie Malley Hecate

Matthew Floyd Miller Porter/Siward/Ensemble

Emily Ann Nichelson Weird Sister

Ian Merrill Peakes Macbeth

Sam Pearson Young Siward

Cage Sebastian Pierre Angus

Edgar Miguel Sanchez Lennox

Timothy D. Stickney Macduff

Samuel Taylor Ross

Bret Tuomi Bloody Sergeant

Andrew White Banquo

Phoenix Anderson Macduff Daughter

Austin Molinaro Fleance/Ensemble

Reilly Oh Seyton

Micah Wilson Macduff Son

Alexander James Poe Ensemble Intern

Dylan Obrochta Ensemble Intern

LiSean “Ling Ling” McElrath Ensemble Intern

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