Northern Illinois University Press

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Edited by Regina Buccola and Peter Kanelos

“The Chicago Shakespeare Theater has made a contribution of inestimable importance to the Chicago cultural scene. This fine collection of essays assembled by Regina Buccola and Peter Kanelos is a worthy and fascinating tribute to the genius of Barbara Gaines as theater maestro extraordinaire. To quote Antony from Julius Caesar, ‘When comes such another?’ Or, as Enobarbus says of Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra, ‘Kneel down, kneel down, and wonder.’”
— David Bevington, U of C

“As the first book about the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, this book offers a valuable resource to anyone interested in the work of this theater company. . . . Overall the scholarship in these essays is excellent.”
— Beatrice Bosco, PhD, DePaul University

“This collection is an enjoyable, dynamic, and occasionally stunning read.”
— Matthew Kozusko, PhD, Ursinus College

Chicago Shakespeare Theater is widely known for vibrant productions that reflect the Bard’s genius for intricate storytelling, musicality of language, and depth of feeling for the human condition. Affectionately known to natives of the Windy City as “Chicago Shakes,” and now in its twenty-fifth season, this vanguard of Chicago’s rich theatrical tradition celebrates its silver anniversary with this bracing collection of original essays by world-renowned scholars, directors, actors, and critics.

Bringing together works by such heralded figures as Terry Teachout, Jonathan Abarbanel, and Michael Billington; industry giants like Michael Bogdanov, Edward Hall, and Simon Callow; and interviews with artistic director Barbara Gaines and executive director Criss Henderson, Chicago Shakespeare Theater unveils the artistic visions and decisions that helped shape this venerable institution and examines the theater’s international reputation for staging such remarkable and provocative performances.

284 pp., 32 illus., 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-87580-467-5
cloth $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-87580-685-3
paper $22.00

Regina Buccola is associate professor of English at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She is the author of Fairies, Fractious Women, and the Old Faith: Fairy Lore in Early Modern British Drama and Culture.

Peter Kanelos is dean of Christ College and associate professor of Literature and the Humanities at Valparaiso University. He is the editor of Thunder at a Playhouse: Essaying Shakespeare and the Early Modern Stage.

Table of Contents


Regina Buccola and Peter Kanelos

P a r t I
1. Chicago First
Terry Teachout
2. Catapulting Shakespeare into the Present
The Artistic Vision of Barbara Gaines
Regina Buccola
3. Barbara, Shakespeare, and Me
Jonathan Abarbanel
4. The Spatial Rhetoric of Chicago
Shakespeare Theater
Jonathan Walker

P a r t II
5. This One’s for the Girls
Millennial Ladies in Josie Rourke’s Twelfth Night
Alicia Tomasian
6. Short Shakespeare! and the Corruption of the Young
Jeffrey Gore
7. Doing Things with Words . . . and, Sometimes, Swords
Peter Sagal

P a r t III
8. Chicago Shakespeare
Simon Callow
9. Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Canadians
Richard Ouzounian
10. The Framing of the Shrew
Gina M. DiSalvo
11. Michael Bogdanov
An International Director’s The Winter’s Tale at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Bradley Greenburg
12. Risky Business
Rose Rage at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Clark Hulse

P a r t I V 13. In Defense of Ruffled Feathers
Michael Billington
14. “Never did young man fancy”
Troilus and Cressida and Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Peter Kanelos
15. At Home with Shakespeare
Merry Wives on Stage
Wendy Wall
16. Two Merchants
The Glow of the Roaring Twenties and the Shadow of 9/11
Micha el Shapiro
17. Gender Blending and Masquerade in As You Like It and Twelfth Night
Wendy Doniger

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ISBN: 978-0-87580-467-5
ISBN: 978-0-87580-685-3