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Actor Dion Johnstone portrays Ira Aldridge in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production of “Red Velvet.” (Photo by Liz Lauren)

Exploring the connection between a controversial painting at the Art Institute and the new play “Red Velvet” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

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Actors Alexandra Henrikson and Crystal Lucas-Perry in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Barbara Gaines directs. (Photo: Liz Lauren)

Barbara Gaines, Chicago Shakespeare Theater founder and artistic director, talks about the wild twist on a classic that opens their 31st season.

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(Credit: HMS Media and Chicago Shakespeare)

It’s not often that an Oscar winner for best picture gets translated to the stage. “Shakespeare in Love” is getting its U.S. premiere at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. 

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Actor Robert Bathurst (“Downton Abbey”) portrays King Charles in “King Charles III.” (Liz Lauren / Chicago Shakespeare Theater)

He played a pivotal role in “Downton Abbey.” Now he takes the throne as King Charles. English actor Robert Bathurst is here to talk about royalty, “Downton” and the stage.

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Actor Jonathan Pryce on "Chicago Tonight."

Actor Jonathan Pryce joins us to talk about the controversial character Shylock he portrays in Shakepeare's “The Merchant of Venice”–and his scene-stealing role in “Game of Thrones.”

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Kristen Magee (Gloria), Chris Stack (Sidney Brustein) and Grant James Varjas (David) in "The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window" by Lorraine Hansberry. (Courtesy of Goodman Theatre)

The Chicago Sun-Times theater critic reviews four plays that address societal challenges and conflicts, including Goodman Theatre’s revival of the rarely staged second play by “Raisin in the Sun” author Lorraine Hansberry.

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A yearlong international arts festival underway in Chicago celebrates the legacy of William Shakespeare and commemorates the 400 years since his death. Barbara Gaines of Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Anthony Freud of Lyric Opera Chicago join us to discuss the festival and the Bard’s legacy.

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Gift wrap, feasts and relaxation are probably on tap this weekend. But what to do after holiday festivities? Check out our picks to continue the party.

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Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival Founder and Artistic Director Blair Thomas tells us about the first Chicago festival to celebrate puppetry in its many forms.

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Chicago Public School students embrace William Shakespeare in an award-winning program at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

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In celebration of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, guests from Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Joffrey Ballet join us to talk about the enduring influence of the Bard.  Watch the trailer to WTTW's documentary, Our City, Our Shakespeare.

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Chicago Shakespeare’s production of The Comedy of Errors began a tour of 18 Chicago parks. We talk with Chicago Shakespeare’s Executive Director Criss Henderson and actress Lanise Antoine Shelley. Learn more about the program and view a map.

'Othello: The Remix'

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We talk with the two Chicago brothers who are putting a new spin on a Shakespeare classic.

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Shakespeare set in the decadent disco-era? Hedy Weiss reviews Measure for Measure, plus four more shows on local stages.

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We look at the stories behind one of Shakespeare's most well-known and dark dramas.

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Tony Award-winning actor Ian McDiarmid is starring at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. We talk to him about the obscure play, Timon of Athens, and his famed villainy as Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars film saga.

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