See and hear Shakespeare in a new light when the Library marks the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death in 2016. The Mount Prospect Library Foundation brings The Shakespeare Project of Chicago to Mount Prospect by sponsoring three plays: The Winter’s Tale on January 19; Cymbeline on March 1; and Cardenio on April 19.
The Shakespeare Project will present theatrical readings of these works. As there are no sets, props, or costumes, you may find that these productions are the best way to experience Shakespeare’s words. At 7 p.m. the pre-show introduction begins. Following the play is a post-show discussion and opportunity to interact with the actors and creative team, which will further enrich your experience.
This program is sponsored by the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation, which raises funds for special programming and events.
The Winter’s Tale
Shakespeare’s romance not only contains the playwright’s most famous stage direction (“Exit, pursued by a bear”) but a story that goes to the deepest side of tragedy before finding its triumphant redemption. A Sicilian king becomes consumed by the belief that his best friend has committed adultery with his wife, and this passionate jealousy ignites a series of events that takes us on an adventure in which we witness several miracles. This beautiful play may have you believing “What’s gone and what’s past help should be past grief.” Associate Artistic Director Barbara Zahora directs.
“How hard it is to hide the sparks of nature!”
Filled with intrigue and romance, Shakespeare’s Cymbeline features an evil queen, an innocent young princess, an upstanding young man, a conniving villain, and the titular king in the fantastical world of this twist-filled tale. Jeff Christian directs.
It’s Anselmo’s big wedding day, but he’s having second thoughts: Will his betrothed remain faithful to him? To put his new wife to the test, he asks his best man to try to seduce her. Join the wedding guests for a celebration like none you’ve ever witnessed in this delightful modern adaptation based on William Shakespeare and John Fletcher’s long-lost play, Cardenio. Peter Garino directs a cast of Shakespeare Project favorites in this special adaptation by Stephen Greenblatt and Charles Mee.