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Behind-the-scenes interviews with directors Britannia Howe and Lori Adams about the 2020 Bard in a Box touring productions.
Actor Jack Hradecky and many other ISF alums return to Shakespeare with Twelfth Night at Illinois State University.
The three plays for this season have at least one thing in common: they are full of references to doubles and double images.
Each season, Production Manager Elena Hansen leads the charge to hire our production staff.
A look behind the Sutter Family Shakespeare Scholarship and the 2020 recipient, Nora McKirdie.
How does the Illinois Shakespeare Festival cast actors across three productions?
Director Geoffrey Kent discusses his ideas for ISF's production of Macbeth set in Viking Age Norway.
This article explores traces of folklore and mythology in the mysterious witches who change Macbeth's life.
What does it mean to “adapt” Shakespeare and Austen? What new ideas will our three directors bring, while still preserving the original works’ beautiful language?
Aside from all being "a fresh look at classic stories," how are the three productions in ISF's 2019 season connected?
What was happening in Shakespeare’s life in 1599, the year that he likely wrote As You Like It and Julius Caesar?
Author Nancy Steele Brokaw discusses her Green Show and Theatre for Young Audiences plays for the 2019 season.
How does the theatre building itself impact performance? The two stages that Shakespeare’s company used lets us think about the difference between a show at the open-air Ewing Theatre and a show in the indoors CPA Theatre.
The Illinois Shakespeare Festival dramaturgy team is hard at work putting together a glossary of Shakespeare’s words for rehearsals.
As You Like It:
Co-adapters Robert Quinlan and Jordan Coughtry discuss what they love most about Shakespeare’s As You Like It.
How does the Forest of Arden fit into the symbolism of forests in Shakespeare’s work, where magic and miracles occur?
Pride and Prejudice:
How did the English react to the social upheaval in France, which was still ongoing when Austen started writing Pride and Prejudice?
Director Deanna Jent talks about the challenge and fun of adapting Pride and Prejudice for the stage.
What can we learn about courtship culture in Austen's time through the failed marriage proposals in the novel?
Director Quetta Carpenter talks about gender, politics, and the media in her adaptation of Caesar.
Was Julius Caesar a tyrant as the conspirators claimed? And does that justify his assassination?