Chicago Shakespeare Theater had a resounding success last year when it reached outside the Bard's collected works to produce Stephen Sondheim's Pacific Overtures. The production, directed by Gary Griffin, extended. Recently, it was announced the show would play London's Donmar Warehouse in 2003.
Griffin and CST will return to the Sondheim well this fall when they present Sunday in the Park with George, the composer and James Lapine's look at post-impressionist George Seurat and the creation of art in general. Dates are Oct. 4-Jan. 5, 2003, with a Oct. 12 opening.
The show will take place in CST's 200-seat upstairs theatre in its Navy Pier complex. No casting has been announced.
The first act of George examines the creation of Seurat's masterpiece, "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte." The huge, pointillist work in question resides in Chicago's Art Institute.
—By Robert Simonson