Purple's Griffin to Direct Sondheim's Passion During Chicago Shakespeare Season

News   Purple's Griffin to Direct Sondheim's Passion During Chicago Shakespeare Season Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) artistic director Barbara Gaines and executive director Criss Henderson announced a 2007-08 season that will include three Shakespeare plays and Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Passion, among other works.

A Shakespeare three-play Subscription Series in CST's Courtyard Theater on Navy Pier will include Cymbeline (Sept. 1-Nov. 11) and The Comedy of Errors (April 27-June 29, 2008), both directed by Barbara Gaines, and Othello (Feb. 3-April 6, 2008), directed by Stratford Festival artistic director designate Marti Maraden.

CST associate artistic director Gary Griffin (The Color Purple) will direct Passion, the dark musical about romantic obsession. It begin begins in October 2007, Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare.

Chicago Shakespeare's international programming initiative, The World's Stage Series, brings the return of James Thiérrée (Charlie Chaplin's grandson) to the CST stage with the American premiere of the physical spectacle Au revoir, parapluie (Goodbye, Umbrella) (at the Courtyard Nov. 20-30) and continues with the Chicago premiere of Canada's celebrated Shaw Festival and its production of Saint Joan by Bernard Shaw. Shaw artistic director Jackie Maxwell directs Tara Rosling as Joan of Arc and Ben Carlson, who was praised for his Hamlet at CST in 2006. It will play the Courtyard Theater for a limited two-week engagement, Jan. 8-20, 2008.

Peter Brook's production of Fragments, based on texts by Samuel Beckett, will make its American premiere Jan. 28-Feb. 10, 2008, Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, concluding the 2007-08 World's Stage Series.

The CST Family Series will offer How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? An Aesop's Fables Musical and Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew. For more information, visit www.chicagoshakes.com.

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