A Royal Epic of Shakespearean Proportions
Monstrously Machiavellian and theatrically thrilling, Richard III recounts the rise of Shakespeare's most diabolical villain – a homicidal hunchback on a bloody campaign to seize the English crown. To steal power is one thing…but to retain it is another. Will cunning and charisma enable a murderous monarch to maintain his throne? Or will the ghosts of Richard’s past rise up to ruin his rule? A bloody battle to the death delivers astonishing answers during a cathartic conclusion when once and future kings collide.
Produced with generous support from John and Barbara Schubert.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Joseph Hanreddy
A Tony Award-Winning Musical Masterpiece
An indisputable masterpiece by America’s greatest living composer/lyricist, Sweeney Todd is a heart-pounding thriller. Set on the seedy side streets of 19th century London and laced with brilliant wit, diabolical humor and extraordinary music, this Tony Award-winning musical tells the tale of an unjustly exiled barber’s quest to avenge the wrongs done to him and his family by a lecherous judge. Aided by the romantically inclined and resourceful pie shop proprietress Mrs. Lovett, the demon barber of Fleet Street exacts his sweet, razor-sharp revenge.
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Directed by Victoria Bussert
Broadway's Longest Running Comic Thriller
Cunningly clever and comically twisted, Deathtrap is a murder mystery masterpiece that is so wickedly good…it’s to die for! When a once successful Broadway playwright struggles to overcome a dry spell that’s resulted in a string of flops and a shortage of funds, anxiety ensues. His fortunes turn when one of his students shares a brilliant new script with blockbuster potential. Resolved to resurrect his collapsing career, the covetous playwright conceives of a treacherous trap to snare the script and take credit for its creation. Murderous machinations result, springing to a surprising conclusion that will leave audiences breathless.
Produced with generous support from Bob and Janet Neary.
By Ira Levin / Directed by Charles Fee
An Enchanting Shakespearean Romantic Comedy
Comic twists and turns abound in the fertile Forest of Arden, where a disguised Rosalind seeks refuge after being wrongfully banished by her uncle. Her unfortunate exile is transformed into a charming adventure when she encounters some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters - colorful fools, witty rustics, and the handsome, lovesick Orlando. A clandestine, gender-bending courtship ensues, changing the lost into unexpected lovers, in this timeless and transcendent romantic comedy.
Produced with generous support from Lynn and Tim Pistell.
Our production of AS YOU LIKE IT is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
By William Shakespeare / Directed by Edward Morgan