Thursday, May 22, 2014
Theseus/Oberon: Geoff Zimmerman
Hippolyta/Titania: Caitlin Jackson
Egeus: Kitty Mortland
Demetrius: Tim Larson
Lysander: Ken Miller
Hermia: Letitia Guillaud *
Helena: Mary-Kate Arnold
Quince: Maria Burnham *
Bottom: Michael Houghton Wagman *
Flute/Peaseblossom: Naomi Lindh
Snug/Cobweb: Miona Lee †
Puck: Julia Rigby
The Lion: Herbert the Lion
Understudy: Kirk Jackson
Director: Holly Robison *
Stage Manager: Lisa Uhlig *
Costume Designer: Carrie Campana *
Lighting Designer: Eric Van Tassell
Scenic Designer: Lauren Angel-Nichols
Sound Designer: Keith Gatchel *
Production Manager: Brad Gunter *
Prop Designer: Mel Gill
Fight Choreographer: Robert Tobin
Graphic Designer: Mike Wozniak
Photographer: Austin D. Oie
Audience Development: Jaclyn Jensen*
Marketing: Maria Burnham*
*Strangeloop Company Member
†Strangeloop Associate Company Member
April 24 – May 25, 2014
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
The Side Project Theatre, 1439 West Jarvis Avenue, Chicago, IL
Tickets are going fast (as all closing weekends do). Get yours now on Brown Paper Tickets.
Strangeloop's intimate approach to William Shakespeare’s classic tale of love, magic and fairies features promenade-style staging, in which audience members move and sit amongst the action of the play with no formal differentiation between stage and seating.
The production takes place in the 1940s – a time period that shares with the ancient Athens of Shakespeare’s original setting political turmoil, war and the subduing of monstrous beasts (literal in one case, figurative in the other). But despite the unrest of the outside world, love still finds a place to bloom during this, the shortest night of the year.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs through May 25 at the side project theatre (1439 W. Jarvis Ave.) in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood (just steps from the Jarvis Red Line stop), at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Monday, May 19, 2014
But for her latest turn on stage, she has stepped into not just one, but two roles from out of mythology. In her third production of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Jackson has taken on Hippolyta, the famed Amazon Queen who lost a war and her heart to Theseus, as well as the Fairy Queen Titania, whose eternal battle for love and supremacy with her Fairy King, Oberon, puts them in the path of four young lovers lost in the woods outside of Athens.
Read more about Caitlin, including her work in Strangeloop's A Midsummer Night's Dream in the NorthCenter-RoscoeVillage Patch.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Strangeloop Theatre is thrilled to announce the addition of Artistic Associates to our company with three veterans of past and current productions comprising the initial members.
The new members are:
Currently, there are 10 Company Members in Strangeloop.
"The idea of adding an Associate level of membership comes from a sense that there are more people we'd like to work with under the umbrella of the company, and this offers both the Associate and the company a chance to get to know each other in a more formal way without the full commitment of being a Company Member," said Brad Gunter, co-artistic director. "Miona, Tim and Allison are all talented actors who have worked with Strangeloop on multiple projects and have expressed an interest in developing a closer relationship with the company. Their talents onstage and off will be a tremendous addition to Strangeloop."
Monday, May 12, 2014
But Wagman’s latest project – taking on the iconic role of Bottom in William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”with Strangeloop Theatre – has taken him a little further afield, up to a small performance space in Rogers Park. The trek north for the actor has been worth it, however, to take on a role that is known for its heavy comedy, but also much subtler shades of introspection, passion and joy.
Read more about Michael, including his thoughts about Bottom in Strangeloop's production A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Bucktown-Wicker Park Patch.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Chicago Theatre Review recently recommended Strangeloop Theatre's A Midsummer Night's Dream, calling it "ribald, cacophonous and soused" and "never bloodless":
Actresses fly past inches from your knees, suitors are hurled across the room and, unless you chose to avert your eyes, you can catch eyefuls of intimate caresses between the monarchs of the forest.Read the whole review here and then come join us this weekend.(Just make sure you're "prepared to duck, weave, and dance to ukulele strains and forties hits.")
Northbrook native Kitty Mortland has lately made a business of playing Shakespearean characters that are traditionally male, taking their already complex personas and adding yet another level with a feminie twist.
Read more about Kitty, including her turn as Egeus in Strangeloop's production A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Chicago Tribune's local section.