New Adaptation of Euripides' Hecuba at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
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Even the Supernanny could be excused for skipping the governess gig at Thornfield Hall. The house is a gloomy Gothic pile, the other servants are strange and the boss ... well, let's just say Mr. Rochester has other things on his mind. But the orphaned and impoverished Jane Eyre has little choice but to take the job, thereby setting into motion not only one of the greatest romances of English literature, but a horror story that would spook Stephen King. Yet even as Jane is tested by flames of every sort -- the fire of passion, the fire of guilt, actual fire -- she emerges intact, independent and utterly indomitable. Now Dorothy Milne directs this stage adaptation of the beloved 1847 novel by Charlotte Brontë at Lifeline Theatre. Learn More
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Critic’s choice, Chicago Reader
“Greek tragedy hits home." —Chicago Sun-Times
“Gripping, painful and brilliant." —WBEZ
The war is over but the violence continues.
In a new version of Euripedes’ Greek classic, one of Ireland’s great contemporary playwrights, Frank McGuinness, explores the tragedy beyond war’s end. Hecuba-widow to the defeated Trojan king and slave to the conquering Greek King Agamemnon-has lost her country and most of her family. When she learns of the death of her last surviving children, Hecuba can no longer cope with the unspeakable horrors forced upon her, and is consumed by her rage and quest for revenge.
Best know for her Golden Globe Award-winning performance in Neil Simon’s film The Goodbye Girl, Marsha Mason has an extensive list of theater credits, including roles in classic and contemporary plays. She appeared on Broadway in Cactus Flower, Neil Simon’s The Good Doctor, Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana, and most recently as Ouiser in the 2005 revival of Steel Magnolias. At the Haymarket Theatre on London’s West End, Mason starred opposite Richard Dreyfuss in The Prisoner of Second Avenue. Ms. Mason also has many Off-Broadway and regional credits, including Richard III, Twelfth Night, The Crucible, The Merchant of Venice, and Cyrano de Bergerac.