At the gateway to the state alongside shimmering Lake Michigan, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare is home to a bold, new music-theater work based on Grammy and Academy Award nominee Sufjan Stevens’ acclaimed concept album Illinoise.
Known for its lush orchestrations and wildly inventive portrayal of the state’s people, landscapes, and history, a team of brilliantly imaginative artists unite to transform the album into a full-length theatrical performance, with a story by Tony Award winner Justin Peck (New York City Ballet, Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story) and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury.
Featuring a cast of virtuosic dancers, singers, and musicians, Illinoise will lead audiences on a journey through the American heartland before embarking on its international tour.
Directed and Choreographed by Justin Peck
Music Direction and Supervision by Nathan Koci
Arrangements and Orchestrations by Timo Andres
Scenic Design by Adam Rigg
Lighting Design by Brandon Stirling Baker
Sound Design by Garth MacAleavey
Costume Design by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung
Props Design by Andrew Diaz
Mask Design by Julian Crouch
Cast Includes Kara Chan, Ben Cook, Jeanette Delgado, Gaby Diaz, Robbie Fairchild, Christine Flores, Jada German, Zachary Gonder, Rachel Lockhart, Dario Natarelli, Tyrone Reese, Craig Salstein, Ahmad Simmons, Byron Tittle, Ricky Ubeda, Alejandro Vargas.