in Love

April 15

June 11, 2017

at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

based on the screenplay by Marc Norman + Tom Stoppard
adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
directed by Rachel Rockwell

Riotously funny

The Sunday Times (UK)


The Play

The Oscar-winning romantic comedy about Shakespeare and his Chamberlain’s Men returns to its rightful home—the stage. Imagine a young playwright on the make struggling to write his new tragic love story, “Romeo and Ethel, The Pirate’s Daughter.” The title just doesn’t have the right ring—and young Will Shakespeare knows it. He’s got writer’s block and must do something quickly. Will needs a muse, and he finds one in Viola, a vivacious beauty who will do anything—even disguise herself as a man—to audition for the stage where no women are permitted to perform. Once revealed, the torrid affair begins inspiring the completion of the most romantic tragedy ever penned. Backstage maneuverings jostle hilariously with onstage dramas in this love letter to Theater itself, directed by multiple Jeff Award winner and Chicago Shakespeare favorite Rachel Rockwell.


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The Players

Creative Team

Marc Norman Original Screenplay

Tom Stoppard Original Screenplay

Lee Hall Adaptor

Rachel Rockwell Director

Scott Davis Scenic Designer

Susan Mickey Costume Designer

Robert Weirzel Lighting Designer

Ray Nardelli Sound Designer

Richard Jarvie Wig & Make-up Designer

Neil Bartram Composer / Music Director

Matt Hawkins Fight Choreographer

Eva Breneman Dialect Coach

Jo Cattell Associate Director


Scott Danielson Lambert / Wabash / Ensemble

Jerre Dye Sir Robert de Lesseps / Tilney / Ensemble

Fred Geyer Adam / Boatman / Ensemble

Dennis Grimes Wessex / Ensemble

Alana Grossman Kate / Ensemble

Jake Helm John Webster

Ron King Ralph / Ensemble

Jeff Kurysz Peter / Frees / Ensemble

Ryan McBride Robin / Ensemble

Kate McGonigle  Viola de Lesseps

Andrew Mueller Nol / Ensemble

Michael Perez Kit Marlowe

Linda Reiter Queen Elizabeth / Molly / Ensemble

Nick Rehberger  Will Shakespeare

Catherine Smitko Nurse / Ensemble

Luigi Sottile Ned Alleyn

Timothy D. Stickney Burbage

Larry Yando Henslowe

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