Tug Of War: Foreign Fire

Edward III, Henry V, Henry VI, Part 1

May 11

June 12, 2016

at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

by William Shakespeare
adapted and directed by Barbara Gaines

All-American Shakespeare in the best possible sense, at once unabashedly populist in style and unswervingly serious in artistic purpose.

The Wall Street Journal

A bold and magnificent venture… this gripping take on the history plays is rocking Chicago

The Guardian (UK)

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The Play

Get ready for the ultimate game of thrones... Artistic Director Barbara Gaines takes us on a riveting gallop through two centuries, distilling six Shakespeare masterworks into two action-packed dramas that trace the rise and fall of kings, and the uncommon courage of common men. 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. The adventure begins with Edward III, Henry V and Henry VI, Part 1 in Foreign Fire, where France is the prize. The action continues in Fall 2016 when turmoil seizes England in Tug of War: Civil Strife.



Video: Tug of War: Foreign Fire Montage

Video: Meet the Company

Video: Creating "Tug of War"


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Critical Acclaim

"Boldly drawn, slashingly direct and as fast-moving as an arrow whizzing toward its target..." raves The Wall Street Journal.
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About Barbara Gaines

The award-winning director of over 30 of Shakespeare's plays, Gaines strives to make his great works accessible to Chicago and the world.
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Access Shakespeare

CST strives to make our facility and performances accessible to all patrons. Our staff is ready to help in any way possible.
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The Players

Creative Team

Barbara Gaines Director / Adaptor

Scott Davis Scenic Designer

Susan E. Mickey Costume Designer

Anthony Pearson Lighting Designer

Lindsay Jones Sound Design, Original Music and Musical Arrangements

Melissa Veal Wig and Make-up Designer

 Fight Choreographer

Harrison McEldowney Movement

Larry Yando 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 Countess of Salisbury / Westmoreland / Jamy / Alice / Chorus / Alanson / Lucy / Margaret

David Darlow Robert of Artois / Constable of France / Bishop of Winchester

Matt Deitchman  Soldier / Musician

Jed Feder Soldier / Musician

Neil Friedman King David of Scotland / Polonian Captain / French Captain / Gower / Salisbury / Burgundy / Mayor

Kevin Gudahl King John / Michael Williams / Warwick / Ensemble

Shanna Jones Soldier / Musician

Heidi Kettenring Queen Phillipa / MacMorris / Young York / Princess / Katherine of France / Joan la Pucelle

Daniel Kyri Prince Phillip / Soldier Sam / Bastard of Orleance / Soldier Nate

Michael Aaron Lindner Warwick / Ely / Fluellen / Humphrey

James Newcomb Derby / Douglas / Blue Cap Mariner / Mountjoy / Talbot

Barbara Robertson King of Bohemia / Exeter / Reignier / Countess d'Overgne

Freddie Stevenson Edward III / Ghost of Edward III / Orleance / King Charles VII

Steven Sutcliffe Lodowick / Archbishop of Canterbury / Dauphin / Henry VI

John Tufts Lorraine / Henry V / Ghost of Henry V / Suffolk / Ensemble

Alex Weisman Red Cap Soldier / Bedford / Prince Phillip / Young John Talbot

Tahirah Whittington Soldier / Musician

Dominique Worsley Prince Edward / Ghost of Prince Edward / Rambures / Somerset / Pope's Legate

Larry Yando Audley / King Charles VI / John Bates / Richard of York

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