Workshops Are Returning!

Jessie Mutz as Buckingham in Richard III, 2015

Jessie Mutz as Buckingham in Richard III, 2015

Unrehearsed Shakespeare is looking to schedule new-performer classes for late May and early June. If you’d like to receive more information, please send your email address to jared@wethreeplays.com or unrehearsedchicago@gmail.com, to be added to our class contact list.

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TEXT WORK: Turn poetic language into immediate action and tangible relationships, independent of traditional rehearsal.

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TEAMWORK: Storytelling, in a very literal sense, focuses on group interaction, improvisational impulses, and environmental awareness.

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TOTAL WORKOUT: Unrehearsed Shakespeare is physically dynamic and intensely committed in ways that few other performance techniques are. Use some of the greatest phrases ever written to help leave your dramatic inhibitions behind you.

 

The Tempest, 2015

The Tempest, 2015

Twelfth Night, 2013

Twelfth Night, 2013

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As You Like It, 2016

New Photos: As You Like It

Check out all these photos from our most recent production: As You Like It!

You can see more photos here.

All photos courtesy of iNDie Grant Productions

Alexandra Boroff Flees into the Forest of Arden

tree pictureAlex Boroff is the Managing Director of The Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company. She joined the company in 2012 playing (fittingly) Phoebe in As You Like It. She now returns to the Forest of Arden tonight at Uncommon Ground.

Alex will be stage managing Annie Jr. in Tinley Park with E.D.G.E. Theatre and Down in the Southland, a production featuring typical functioning kids and kids with Down Syndrome. For tickets, email Alex at alexandra@edgeoforion.com.

Q: If you were banished by your dukely uncle, where in the world would you flee?
ALEX: I would be banished to the mansion that Richie Rich lived in. I was always really jealous of his basketball hoop in his room.

Q: What is your most recent journey?
ALEX: I went home to Massachusetts for a week at Christmas. I WILL be going to Virginia and Mexico this year for some friends’ weddings!

Q: If you were banished to the Forest of Arden, what three things would you take with you?
ALEX:

1. Iphone with a solar charger
2. Water
3. A good bra. I hate it when it’s not well made and the underwire pokes you. If that had to be forever? I’d just end it all.
Q: There are lots of people in the Forest of Arden: Lovers, Wrestlers, Shepherds, Nobles, Clowns, Cross-dressers, and Real Estate Enthusiasts. How would you fit in? Which of these would you be?
ALEX: My first instinct is to go the Noble route (heh…heh…puns), but being a Noble in a Forest would not be fun. I’d rather be a Noble in a castle. Cross dressing would be fine for me because I’m sure the men in the forest of Arden wear more comfortable clothes, but I’d rather wear a skirt so it’s not so hot. I don’t like wrestling, shepherding, clowning, or real estate…..Lover. Let’s go with that. Rawr.

Rawr it on up with Alex!

AS YOU LIKE IT
April 19th & 26th
Uncommon Ground
1401 W Devon Ave
Doors open at 7:00, show starts at 7:30
$5
COME BE SOMETHING GREAT: THE AUDIENCE!

Eyes on Actors: Carolyn Biery

Carolyn as Oliver in As You Like It

Carolyn as Oliver in As You Like It

Carolyn is an apprentice performer who debuted with last year’s The Tempest. Most recently, she performed as Feste in Twelfth Night on Twelfth Night ’16. She’s also a member of Anarchy: An Improvised Rock Opera. Google it!

Q: How were you first introduced to Unrehearsed Shakespeare?
CAROLYN: I saw a production of Julius Caesar, and then Henry V.

Q: How does Unrehearsed differ from other acting experiences for you?
CAROLYN: Huge risks don’t seem so huge, because if you’re not doing something drastic, what are you doing?

Q: What (if anything) is your biggest challenge so far with this technique?
CAROLYN: The hardest part of the technique is keeping the pace up, while reading lines and remembering all of the rules and notes. So, pacing.

Q: One of the defining attributes of Unrehearsed is its lack of a Fourth Wall. How do you feel about this? How does it affect your work and/or prep?
CAROLYN: I adore the lack of a fourth wall. The words, and actors, literally get to reach out and touch the audience, so the audience becomes a part of the experience rather than a passive observer.

Q: What is the most exciting thing about As You Like It?
CAROLYN: The effect of the woods on everyone is pretty great. Even the high born speak prose until they enter the woods.

Q: Favorite Shakespeare Character? And/or: Favorite role to date
CAROLYN: The Fool in King Lear.

Come fool around with Carolyn!

AS YOU LIKE IT
April 19th & 26th
Uncommon Ground
1401 W Devon Ave
Doors open at 7:00, show starts at 7:30
$5
COME BE SOMETHING GREAT: THE AUDIENCE!

Erin Caswell flees into the Forest of Arden

Erin having some forest fun

Erin having some forest fun

Erin Caswell is an Unrehearsed Ensemble member who’s performed in such shows as Richard III, Titus Andronicus, and Twelfth Night.

Q: If you were banished by your dukely uncle, where in the world would you flee?
ERIN: If I were banished by my uncle, I’d want to be banished to Ireland because it’s my favorite place I’ve been so far.

Q: What is your most recent journey?
ERIN: Minneapolis, MN my native land.

Q: If you were banished to the Forest of Arden, what three things would you take with you?
ERIN: The three things I’d take with me would be My complete works of Shakespeare, a tool to forage for berries/food with, and a compass.

Q: There are lots of people in the Forest of Arden: Lovers, Wrestlers, Shepherds, Nobles, Clowns, Cross-dressers, and Real Estate Enthusiasts. How would you fit in? Which of these would you be?
ERIN: I’d be part noble who would sing at the parties/part clown.

Erin Caswell

Come sing and clown-around with Erin!
AS YOU LIKE IT
April 19th & 26th
Uncommon Ground
1401 W Devon Ave
Doors open at 7:00, show starts at 7:30
$5
COME BE SOMETHING GREAT: THE AUDIENCE!

 

Eyes on Actors: Bill Daniel

"I'd have been a sore one." (Daniel as Stephano)

Bill Daniel first joined Unrehearsed as Chiron in Titus Andronicus and has regularly been playing clowns since.

Q: How were you first introduced to Unrehearsed Shakespeare?
BILL: I had heard about Unrehearsed while working at Navy Pier with Zack Meyer. He had explained the concept behind the shows and I was immediately excited and wanted very badly to be a part of it, but did not know how to go about that.

Q: How does Unrehearsed differ from other acting experiences for you?
BILL: One of the biggest differentiations about this technique is the amount of listening that is required to do it well. Having only the last three words as a cue forces the other players to stay on their toes and keep their ears open. It’s, unfortunately, exposed the lack of listening in other shows I see and do. It shows how easy it is to slip into a comfortable and nuanceless performance if you don’t pay attention.

Q: What (if anything) is your biggest challenge so far with this technique?
BILL: Staying active! It is the most daunting and physically exhausting kind of performance I have ever had to do, and the biggest problem I face is staying true to the text and remaining active. I used to be worried about not knowing my lines, and since that isn’t a hurdle anymore, the biggest challenge is suiting the action to the word, and the word to the action.

Q: One of the defining attributes of Unrehearsed is its lack of a Fourth Wall. How do you feel about this? How does it affect your work and/or prep?
BILL: Speaking directly to the audience is one of my favorite things about Shakespeare. In previous jobs, I’ve had to perform directly for an audience, and relied on their interest and their reactions to inform my performance. So now that I can marry Shakespearean language to audience interaction, I’m basically in hog heaven. Love it. Need it. Gotta have it.

Q: What excites you about As You Like It?
BILL: The most exciting thing about As You Like It is the concept, I suppose. A group of nobles, exiled into a forest, scatter and have constant chance encounters with one another. Literally anybody could meet anybody. The amount of confusion and mischief that needs to be righted by the end makes for compelling theatre. I enjoy it.

Q: Favorite Shakespeare Character? And/or: Favorite role to date
BILL: My absolute favorite Shakespearean character is Hamlet. Hands down. It’s a role that requires equal parts comedy and melancholy. And it’s also a huge challenge. It’s like eating an apple in one bite. It can be done, but only an idiot chooses to do it.

Come make a connection with Bill April 19 AND 26!

AS YOU LIKE IT
April 19th & 26th
Uncommon Ground
1401 W Devon Ave
Doors open at 7:00, show starts at 7:30
$5
COME BE SOMETHING GREAT: THE AUDIENCE!

Aiyanna Wade flees into the Forest of Arden

awforestAiyanna Wade has been performing with Unrehearsed for about two years, having portrayed roles as varied as Viola in Twelfth Night and Gonzalo in The Tempest. She’ll be joining We Three June 9 – 25 for its sophomore production of Countess Bathory (a new Elizabethan Tragedy) and is performing in Big Fish at Madison Street Theater in Oak Park, July 21 – August 14. You can also see her on the Youtubes in Awesome Comics.

Q: If you could be banished anywhere by your dukely uncle, where would you go?
AIYANNA: Somewhere green with music, but still with running water and wi-fi. So, basically Ireland or Scotland. That would be super great, actually. Looking forward to banishment now!

Q: What was your most recent journey?

AIYANNA: I enjoy walking around Lincoln Park Zoo almost every weekday. Each day I explore a different part, hoping to catch a different animal awake each time. My new favorite is the baby Macaque that was just born!

Q: If you were banished into the Forest of Arden, what three things would you take with you and why?
AIYANNA: A knife (incredibly useful tool for preparing food, defense, and whittling other tools), a flint (fire is good for cooking, defense, and just warmth), and an animal companion (in addition to being good company, they can catch their own food and also be used as protection) – preferably a dog because my cat would be just the worst in the woods.
Q: There are lots of people in the Forest of Arden: Lovers, Wrestlers, Shepherds, Nobles, Clowns, Cross-dressers, and Real Estate Enthusiasts. How would you fit in? Which of these would you be?
AIYANNA: I’d have to go with the Shepherds. I love animals and have worked my share of odd jobs. Plus I crochet, so hello unlimited supply of yarn! My dog companion could help herd the sheep too. This could even potentially be in Ireland or Scotland! I don’t think I could pull off the cutesy little Shepherdess dresses, though. Ok, I totally could, but I don’t want to be giving the other Shepherds any funny ideas. Can I change my answer to Cross-dressing shepherds? (hello retirement plan…)
12N7 (1)Party in the sheepfold!
AS YOU LIKE IT, Unrehearsed
April 19 & 26
7:30pm (Doors open at 7:00pm)
Uncommon Ground, 1401 N Devon Ave
$5 at the Door

Eyes on Actors: Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson Headshot 1 (1)Kevin Johnson is an Apprentice having his debut performance in As You Like It. He is also currently acting in The Music Man Jr. with Ups For Downs, and is a frequent performer with EDGE Theatre.
Q: How were you first introduced to Unrehearsed Shakespeare?
KEVIN: I have several friends involved with the company, and after seeing them talk about it on Facebook, I saw Unrehearsed’s Comedy of Errors.
Q: How does Unrehearsed differ from other acting experiences for you?
KEVIN: Every second you’re onstage, you have to be 100% invested in what’s happening.  In other shows you should be, in this one you have to be.
Q: What is your biggest challenge so far with this technique?
KEVIN: While going through my track, I’ll come to a line and think, “How am I going to pantomime that?”  Then I’ll figure it out.
Q: One of the defining attributes of Unrehearsed is its lack of a Fourth Wall. How do you feel about this? How does it affect your work and/or prep?
KEVIN: I’m a fan of Fourth Wall breaks, so not having one at all is pretty exciting.  While going over my track, I’m always looking for opportunities to play with that.
Q: What (do you think) is the most exciting thing about As You Like It?
KEVIN: I really like all of the characters.  They’re all so unique, and I love watching the way they interact with each other.
Q: Favorite Shakespeare Character?
KEVIN: I have to say Iago.  Othello was my first real exposure to Shakespeare, and I’ve just been really drawn to him.
Let Kevin draw YOU in!
AS YOU LIKE IT
April 19th & 26th
Uncommon Ground
1401 N Devon Ave
Doors open at 7:00, show starts at 7:30
$5
COME BE SOMETHING GREAT: THE AUDIENCE!

Eyes on Actors: Kaelea Rovinsky

Kaelea Rovinsky Headshot

Kaelea Rovinsky is a second-year apprentice with Unrehearsed, having already performed in The Tempest as Stepheno and Twelfth Night on Twelfth Night as Sir Toby Belch.

Q: How were you first introduced to Unrehearsed Shakespeare?
KAELEA: Funnily, Double Falsehood was the FIRST show I saw after moving to Chicago. I thought it was such a fascinating technique, and volunteered to prompt for Henry V.

Q: How does Unrehearsed differ from other acting experiences for you?
KAELEA: In my artistic endeavors as of late, I have been embracing the cult of Improvisation. I find that there are many parallels in performance technique ‘tween the two; listen, make active choices, define relationships between characters, and stay open to whatever insanity may go down.

The Unrehearsed way of performing Shakes is different from other productions I have done in the way that it leaves no room for lugubrious pontification with the text. Any *masturbatory* self indulgent musing can kill momentum for the show.

Q: What (if anything) is your biggest challenge so far with this technique?
KAELEA: Anticipating the “mood” or “direction” of a scene. I am somewhat familiar with the canon of Willy’s work; this pompous scholar-tude can be limiting. A player has the unique opportunity to learn something new from the text when they are “open”, as opposed to going through the paces.

Q: One of the defining attributes of Unrehearsed is its lack of a Fourth Wall. How do you feel about this? How does it affect your work and/or prep?
KAELEA: I despise that barrier. The audience is one of my favorite characters to play with. It plays a large part in how I look at the text. What are places I can bring the audience in?

Q: What excites you about As You Like It?
KAELEA: We Are Outside!!

Q: Favorite Shakespeare Character? And/or: Favorite role to date
KAELEA: I had the ultimate blast playing Sir Toby Belch in this past Twelfth Night on Twelfth Night.

Come on over and be Kaelea’s favorite character!

AS YOU LIKE IT
April 19th & 26th
Uncommon Ground
1401 W Devon Ave
Doors open at 7:00, show starts at 7:30
$5
COME BE SOMETHING GREAT: THE AUDIENCE!

Eyes on Actors: Gilly Guire

ggGilly Guire is an apprentice performer making her debut with As You Like It. Most recently, she was seen in We Three‘s premier production of The Wayward Women (a new Elizabethan comedy).

Q: How were you first introduced to Unrehearsed Shakespeare?
GILLY: My first week living in Chicago I went to an Unrehearsed show. I thought “I want to try this.” Thus and thusly thus…FINALLY I get to try my hand!

Q: How does Unrehearsed differ from other acting experiences for you?
GILLY: Just like…BOOM, GO! Forces you to continue listening/reacting/really doing what you always do. A good exercise in ‘non-autopilot acting,’ I’d say.

Q: What (if anything) is your biggest challenge so far with this technique?
GILLY: Hmm, probably just letting my instincts take charge and the knowledge of the technique rest in the back of my mind (not worry about things too much).

Q: One of the defining attributes of Unrehearsed is its lack of a Fourth Wall. How do you feel about this? How does it affect your work and/or prep?
GILLY: I like that. GET UP INTO THE PEOPLE!

Q: What excites you about As You Like It?
GILLY: Trees.

Q: Favorite Shakespeare Character? And/or: Favorite role to date
GILLY: Beatrice, Much Ado.

Come see the Trees! Metaphorically!

AS YOU LIKE IT
April 19th
Moody’s Pub {Large Patio}
5910 N Broadway
Doors open at 7:00, show starts at 7:30
$5 At the Door
COME BE SOMETHING GREAT: THE AUDIENCE!