What’s onstage at Shakespeare theaters in September

Every month, we share a snapshot of Shakespeare in performance around America. What plays are opening this month? We check in with our theater partners at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Dallas, and Southwest Shakespeare Company.

[See last month’s post for plays that opened in August and continue through September]

Barbara Gaines, artistic director at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, takes on The Taming of the Shrew (Sep 16 – Nov 12) with an all-female cast and a new framing story. The production replaces Shakespeare’s Christopher Sly frame with members of a Chicago women’s club in 1919 convening to rehearse their upcoming production of The Taming of the Shrew.

This month Cincinnati Shakespeare Company opened its brand-new venue, The Otto M. Budig Theater, with A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sep 8 – 30). Interested in creating your own fairy wings? Attend a Sep 18 Maker’s Monday workshop with CSC designers.

Seattle Shakespeare Company presents Julius Caesar (Sep 13 – Oct 1). “What I think is fantastic about the way Shakespeare approaches this political play is that he leaves a lot of apolitical options,” says Artistic Director George Mount. “There are just as many negative aspects of the people who you think are the heroes and just as many positive aspects of the people you think are the villains. It’s what gives this play life to be a mirror for whatever time it is being presented.”

Also onstage in September: Shakespeare Dallas presents Titus Andronicus (Sep 20 – Oct 15) for its fall Shakespeare in the Park performance, and Southwest Shakespeare Company presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (Sep 8 – 30), which runs through all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 97 minutes.

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  • Opening soon: JOHN DOUGLAS THOMPSON in “Hamlet” at the American Repertory Theatre in San Francisco. This is bound to be monumental, with Thompson taking the title role.


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