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March 4, 2019
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Short Shakespeare coming to Trail

Bloom Trail will welcome, Short Shakespeare!

Chicago Shakespeare theater will perform Macbeth on April 5th for sophomore English courses, in the Bloom Trail Auditorium. This will be our 4th year hosting an amazing performance from Chicago Shakespeare Theater.  The performances bring to life Shakespearean text in a manner that is both engaging and accessible to students. Students who have experienced past performances have discussed the creation of a new love for Shakespearean text after viewing the performances.  AP art students will also create art work, based on Macbeth,  that will be on display outside the auditorium on our performance date. 

Short Shakespeare! Macbeth adapter and director Marti Lyons is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after directors in American theater, with credits at Studio Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, American Players Theatre, Writers Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company, and Victory Gardens Theatre. Lyons returns to Chicago Shakespeare, where she most recently adapted and directed Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet. She credits attending a Chicago Shakespeare production while in high school as her first introduction to Shakespeare’s work—and a formative moment in pursuing theater and directing as a career. In addition to serving as a Maggio Directing Fellow at Goodman Theatre in 2015, she is an ensemble member at The Gift Theatre and an artistic associate with Sideshow Theatre.

Lyons shared, “Macbeth is a play not only about violence, but about consequences. It’s about people who think they know what they want and make rash decisions. The ripple effect of their choices will change the course of countless lives. Consequence, conscience, irrevocability—and how punishing getting what you want can be—are central to the story I want to tell.”

The Short Shakespeare! Macbeth cast features Amir Abdullah as Macbeth and Tiffany Scott as Lady Macbeth. Portraying the Weyard Sisters are Caroline Chu, Emma Ladji, and Caitlan Taylor. Completing the company are Ninos Baba (Malcolm), Yao Dogbe (Macduff), Ty Fanning (Lennox), Eric Parks (Banquo/Seyton), Cage Sebastian Pierre (Ross), Sadieh Rifai (Porter/Murderer), Leslie Ann Sheppard (Lady Macduff/Doctor), and Kevin Theis (Duncan/Murderer/Siward).

Creating the world of Macbeth are Scenic Designer Scott Davis, Costume Designer Mieka van der Ploeg, Lighting Designer Paul Toben, Sound Designer Mikhail Fiksel, and Hair and Make-up Designer Richard Jarvie. Also joining Lyons on the creative team are Assistant Director Jerrell L. Henderson, Choreographer Erin Kilmurray, Fight Choreographer Matt Hawkins, and Dialect Coach Larry Yando.

Chicago Shakespeare’s Short Shakespeare! series is a cornerstone of the Theater’s nationally recognized Team Shakespeare education programs, which have impacted two million students to date. Chicago Shakespeare brings Shakespeare’s work to life in the school curriculum—through live performance, professional learning for educators, comprehensive teaching resources, and opportunities for students to perform Shakespeare. These initiatives—in concert with the free citywide Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour and summer family musical series—exemplify the Theater’s steadfast commitment to young audiences, and ensure that one in four audience members is age 18 or under.

For more information, visit www.chicagoshakes.com/ssmacbeth.

Public performances for Short Shakespeare! Macbeth will be presented in Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., February 16–March 16, 2019. Single tickets ($22 for audience members age 18 and under; $34 for adults) are on sale now. Special discounts will be available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, contact Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Box Office at 312.595.5600 or visit the Theater’s website at www.chicagoshakes.com.

CST strives to make its facility and performances accessible to all patrons through its Access Shakespeareprograms. Accessible performances for Short Shakespeare! Macbeth include:

  • ASL Duo-interpretation – Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Open-captioning – Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Audio-description – Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.


Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, Chicago Shakespeare has redefined what a great American Shakespeare theater can be—a company that defies theatrical category. This Regional Tony Award-winning theater’s year-round season features as many as twenty productions and 650 performances—including plays, musicals, world premieres, family programming, and presentations from around the globe. Chicago Shakespeare is the city’s leading presenter of international work, and has toured its own productions across five continents. The Theater’s nationally acclaimed arts in literacy programs support the work of teachers, and bring Shakespeare to life on stage for tens of thousands of students annually. Each summer, the company tours a free professional production to neighborhood parks across Chicago. In 2017 the Theater unveiled The Yard, which, together with the Jentes Family Courtyard Theater and the Thoma Theater Upstairs, positions Chicago Shakespeare as Chicago’s most versatile performing arts center.