The Shakespeare Project of Chicago
Directed by Peter Garino
You are invited to join the Shakespeare Project of Chicago for a special staged reading of a new play by Rowan Willams, a "fantasia" on the possible relationship between William Shakespeare and Edmund Campion.
Free and open to the public. Online registration is recommended but not required. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute and the International House Global Voices Program. Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact the Office of Programs & External Relations in advance at 773-753-2274 or email HERE.
2:30pm Doors open, refreshments & reception
3:00pm Introduction, Professor Regina Schwartz (Northwestern University)
3:10pm Staged reading of "Shakeshafte" (with 15 minute intermission)
5:00pm Audience Q&A with cast and Professor Schwartz
Rowan Williams was the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, holding that office from 2002 to 2012. He is currently master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he teaches Theology. A noted poet and translator of poetry, Dr. Williams speaks or reads nine other languages, and has published books on a wide range of theological, historical, and political themes.
Since 1995, The Shakespeare Project of Chicago has dedicated itself to presenting free theatrical readings of William Shakespeare and other classic dramatists to Chicago-area audiences. The Shakespeare Project of Chicago also offers education outreach programs on Shakespeare to local schools. The company draws its talent from members of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the union of professional stage actors. Over the past 23 years, The Shakespeare Project of Chicago has produced all of Shakespeare’s plays at least once (many twice or more) as well as plays of his Elizabethan and Jacobean contemporaries. What began as informal table readings of Shakespeare’s plays by a small group of actors who shared a love of the Bard has now grown into a unique cultural institution with six venue partners, a loyal and expanding audience base, and a commitment to finding new and innovative ways to make young learners' first experience with Shakespeare positive.