Mary Stuart

February 21

April 15, 2018

CST's Courtyard Theater

in a new version by Peter Oswald
directed by Jenn Thompson

A vivid production…fresh and modern.

WTTW Chicago Tonight

This power-playing ‘game of thrones’ seems cunningly current. Oswald’s pile-driving text is theatrical manna

Stage and Cinema

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The Play

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.



Video: Audiences Respond to Schiller’s Mary Stuart

Gallery: In Production: Schiller’s
Mary Stuart

Video: On Stage: Schiller’s Mary Stuart


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Critical Acclaim

“This power-playing ‘game of thrones’ seems cunningly current. Oswald’s pile-driving text is theatrical manna for C.S.T.’s thirteen thespians.”
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A Conversation with the Director

Jenn Thompson met with the CST staff on the first day of the rehearsal process to share her thoughts on directing
Mary Stuart.
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Playgoer’s Guide

An overview of England’s royal family and heirs to the throne, and an introduction to Oswald’s adaptation of Schiller’s original text.
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The Players

Creative Team

Peter Oswald Adapter

Jenn Thompson Director

Andromache Chalfant Scenic Designer

Linda Cho Costume Designer

Greg Hofmann Co-Lighting Designer

Philip Rosenberg Co-Lighting Designer

Mikhail Fiksel Co-Sound Designer

Miles Polaski Co-Sound Designer

Richard Jarvie Wig and Make-up Design

David Woolley Fight Choreographer

Caitlin Lowans Dramaturg

Kathryn Walsh Verse Coach

Eva Breneman Dialect Coach

Bob Mason Casting


Andrew Chown Mortimer

Patrick Clear Aubespine/Melvil

Tim Decker Leicester

Kai Alexander Ealy O’Kelly/Sheriff/Drury

Kevin Gudahl Paulet

Robert Jason Jackson Talbot

Michael Joseph Mitchell Bellievre/Davison

K.K. Moggie Mary Stuart

Kellie Overbey Elizabeth

Barbara Robertson Hanna Kennedy

David Studwell Burleigh

Nathan Calaranan Ensemble Intern

Jake Elkins Ensemble Intern

Alan Ball Understudy

Isabel Liss Understudy

Jeff Parker Understudy

Martin Hanna Understudy

Shanesia Davis Understudy

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