Drunk Shakespeare comes to Chicago

A New York Times Critic's Pick, Drunk Shakespeare begins with one professional actor drinking more than five shots of liquor before attempting to lead the cast through a Shakespeare play in under 90 minutes. The results are messy and outrageous. Every night is different and truly anything can happen.

The Drunk Shakespeare Society has been meeting and drinking and performing Shakespeare for over a thousand nights...and over a thousand liters of liquor. With more performances of Shakespeare than any other company in the USA, this talented troupe loves sharing the high drama, epic poetry and enduring characters William Shakespeare created over 400 years ago. But you don't need to know anything about Shakespeare to enjoy this show - pop culture references and liberal departures from the text make this accessible for anyone who likes a drink. Performed in a hidden library Speakeasy with over 10,000 real books, craft cocktails are available during the show.

Performances of Drunk Shakespeare take place Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Thursdays at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $39 for balcony seating, $59 for mezzanine seating, and $79 for stage-side seats which get you closer to the action and the drinking. One exclusive luxury experience is auctioned off at every performance to the highest bidder or purchased beforehand for $500. The King or Queen Experience includes a regal throne and crown for two, a bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne, fine caviar, handmade chocolates, two signature cocktails with premium liquor, and decision-making powers during the show, including "Off with his head!" or "Pardon the fool!" and other fun surprises.

Drunk Shakespeare is produced by Scott Griffin of Brass Jar Productions. Michael Amendola is assistant producer and Kathleen Coombs is production manager and resident director in Chicago.

For more information, visit DrunkShakespeare.com.

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Cole, a “stealth” female-to-male transgender person, happily presents as a cis-male to everyone except Elizabeth, his ambitious Republican girlfriend. But when Cole meets Troy, a young FTM person with a public transition vlog, he finds his inner circle widening. Cole even reconnects with Michael, a high school friend turned internet-famous drag queen. With so many around him living in the spotlight, Cole is forced to consider whether the life he’s built is the dream he’s always wanted – or yet another closet.

Written by Kathleen Coombs
Directed by Adriana Colón
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Cole played by August Aiden
Elizabeth played by Kelley Jakle
Michael played by Darien Battle
Troy played by Alexander Remyl
Stage Directions by Maxton Baeza
Casting Assistance by Jane Flowers

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Playbill.com visits Spring Awakening at the Hayworth

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Spring Awakening: In Concert, a theatre-concert hybrid that features Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's score from the Tony Award-winning rock musical, is offered July 20-29 at Downtown Los Angeles' Hayworth Theatre. Cast member Nathan Parrett ("The Voice") offers a behind-the-scenes look.

Kelley Jakle, who will make her feature film debut with the upcoming movie "Pitch Perfect" and has been seen on NBC's "The Sing-Off," lends her voice to the character of Wendla. Featured vocalists also include Nathan Parrett ("The Voice"), Payson Lewis ("The Sing-Off"), independent recording artists Olivia Noelle and Anthony Starble, Caitlin Ary, Jonah Platt, Topher Rhys, Jamie Lee Barnard, Jilli Marine and Michael Christopher Luebke.

Rouding out the cast are Eric Schackne and members of the L.A.-based bands Young Harry Trumans and Back Pocket Memory; Paul T. Brindley and Alissa-Nicole Koblentz play the adult authority figures.

Directed by Kate Sullivan Gibbens with musical direction by Michael Christopher Luebke, Spring Awakening: In Concert, according to press notes, "focuses sharply on music and its story, recalling the energy of an East Village music bar as opposed to a traditional 'uptown' venue. Audiences will be left with art in its purist, most unadulterated form: the music, the dialogue and the message." Producers Topher Rhys, Jamie Lee Barnard and Nathan Gardner of glory|struck have joined with Love is Louder (founded by The Jed Foundation, MTV and "Hairspray" actress Brittany Snow) on Spring Awakening, noting "the music, just like the Love is Louder campaign, speaks volumes about young people and artists alike. And, through that connection we are able to sustain our community: a community of creativity, a community of collaboration, and a community of activism."

The Hayworth Theatre is located at 2511 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles, CA. For more information and tickets, visit SpringAwakeninginConcert.com.

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