Tug of War:
Civil Strife

Henry VI Parts 2 and 3, Richard III

September 14

October 9, 2016

at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

by William Shakespeare
adapted and directed by Barbara Gaines

Highly artistic coup. It might well be Gaines' crowning achievement.

Chicago Sun-Times

★★★ This binge-watchable project had passionate magnitude... and a veritable fleet of top-tier actors.

Chicago Tribune

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The Play

Civil Strife is the stunning conclusion of the ultimate game of thrones, Tug of War—Artistic Director Barbara Gaines' singular distillation of six Shakespeare masterworks into two action-packed dramas. Power plays, ego, lust, humor and, yes, even love: no writer surpassed Shakespeare in portraying the forces that drive leaders to war—or the wisdom and valor of the common soldier. Twenty-two actors including a four-member band, form the company that will satisfy your craving for a multi-episode immersion into some of the most brilliant stories of the cyclical human condition. Picking up where Tug of War: Foreign Fire left off, focus shifts to the home front in Civil Strife, as family divisions launch a country at war with itself in Henry VI, Parts 2 and 3 and Richard III—and nobility and commoners alike pay the price.



Video: Tug of War: Civil Strife Montage

Gallery: On Stage

Gallery: In Rehearsal


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The Players

Creative Team

Barbara Gaines Director / Adapter

Scott Davis Scenic Designer

Susan E. Mickey Costume Designer

Aaron Spivey Lighting Designer

Lindsay Jones Musical Arrangements, Original Music and Sound Design

Melissa Veal Wig and Make-up Designer

 Fight Choreographer

Harrison McEldowney Movement

Kevin Gudahl Verse Coach

Stuart Sherman Scholar in Residence

Matt Deitchman  Music Director and Additional Musical Arrangements

Geoff Button Assistant Director

Eva Breneman Dialect Coach


Karen Aldridge Margaret / Ensemble

Alison Chesley Musician / Ensemble

David Darlow Winchester / Oxford / Brakenbury / Ensemble

Matt Deitchman  Musician / Ensemble

Kevin Gudahl Warwick / Ensemble

Jed Feder Musician / Ensemble

Shanna Jones Musician / Ensemble

Timothy Edward Kane Richard III / Ensemble

Heidi Kettenring Elizabeth / Ensemble

Daniel Kyri Grey / Ensemble

Elizabeth Ledo Somerset / Lady Anne / Ensemble

Michael Aaron Lindner Humphrey / King Edward IV / Ensemble

Michael Milligan Young Clifford / Rivers / Tyrell / Ensemble

James Newcomb Buckingham / Exeter / Ensemble

Steven Sutcliffe Henry VI / Hastings / Ensemble

Derrick Trumbly Soldier Peter / Salisbury / Stafford / Ensemble

John Tufts Suffolk / Clarence / Ratcliff / Ensemble

Larry Yando York / Stanley / Newsman / Ensemble

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