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The Tempest

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in CST's Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller
songs by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
choreography by Matt Kent, Pilobolus

Aaron Posner

Adapter / Director

Aaron Posner makes his Chicago Shakespeare Theater debut. Mr. Posner is a Helen Hayes and Barrymore Awardwinning director and playwright. He is a founder and former artistic director of Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre and an associate artist at both the Folger Theatre and Milwaukee Repertory Theater. His adaptations include: My Name Is Asher Lev, which ran for ten months off Broadway (Outer Circle Critics Award for Best New Off-Broadway play and the John Gassner Award) and Chaim Potok’s The Chosen, which both enjoyed successful runs at more than 50 theaters across the country; Ken Kesey’s Sometimes a Great Notion; Mark Twain’s A Murder, A Mystery, and a Marriage; and an adaptation of three Kurt Vonnegut short stories, entitled Who Am I This Time? (and other conundrums of love). His Chekhov-inspired Stupid F***ing Bird debuted at Woolly Mammoth and won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Resident Play and the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Play or Musical, as well as receiving productions and awards from around the country. His second Chekhov adaptation, Life Sucks, premiered last season at Theatre J. The Gift of Nothing, Mr. Posner’s musical for young audiences, received a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Play and Musical Adaptation for its production at the Kennedy Center. Raised in Eugene, Oregon, and now living near Washington, DC, Mr. Posner graduated from Northwestern University and is an Eisenhower Fellow.

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