The Chicago Shakespeare Theater is widely known for vibrant productions that reflect the Bard’s genius for intricate storytelling, musicality of language, and depth of feeling for the human condition. Affectionately known to natives of the Windy City as “Chicago Shakes,” this vanguard of Chicago’s rich theatrical tradition celebrates its silver anniversary with this bracing collection of original essays by world-renowned scholars, directors, actors, and critics.
Chicago Shakespeare Theater unveils the artistic visions and decisions that helped shape this venerable institution and examines the theater’s international reputation for staging such remarkable and provocative performances.
The volume brings together works by such heralded drama critics as Terry Teachout, Jonathan Abarbanel, and Michael Billington; theater industry giants like Michael Bogdanov, Edward Hall, and Simon Callow; interviews with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s own Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson; and essays by such noted figures in academe as Clark Hulse, Wendy Wall, and Michael Shapiro.
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About the Author
Regina Buccola is associate professor of English at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She is the author of Fairies, Fractious Women, and the Old Faith: Fairy Lore in Early Modern British Drama and Culture.
Peter Kanelos is an assistant professor in the department of fine and performing arts at Loyola University Chicago. He is the editor of Thunder at a Playhouse: Essaying Shakespeare and the Early Modern Stage.
Table of Contents
Introduction Regina Buccola Peter Kanelos 3
1 Chicago First Terry Teachout 27
2 Catapulting Shakespeare into the Present 30
The Artistic Vision of Barbara Gaines Regina Buccola
3 Barbara, Shakespeare, and Me Jonathan Abarbanel 52
4 The Spatial Rhetoric of Chicago Shakespeare Theater Jonathan Walker 57
5 This Ones for the Girls 77
Millennial Ladies in Josie Rourke's Twelfth Night Alicia Tomasian
6 Short Shakespeare! and the Corruption of the Young Jeffrey Gore 95
7 Doing Things with Words … and, Sometimes, Swords Peter Sagal 99
8 Chicago Shakespeare Simon Callow 111
9 Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Canadians Richard Ouzounian 113
10 The Framing of the Shrew Gina M. Di Salvo 117
11 Michael Bogdanov 140
An International Director's The Winter's Tale at Chicago Shakespeare Theater Bradley Greenburg
12 Risky Business 155
Rose Rage at Chicago Shakespeare Theater Clark Hulse
13 In Defense of Ruffled Feathers Michael Billington 181
14 "Never did young man fancy" 186
Troilus and Cressida and Chicago Shakespeare Theater Peter Kanelos
15 At Home with Shakespeare 208
Merry Wives on Stage Wendy Wall
16 Two Merchants 229
The Glow of the Roaring Twenties and the Shadow of 9/11 Michael Shapiro
17 Gender Blending and Masquerade in As You Like It and Twelfth Night Wendy Doniger 248
Notes on Contributors 271