Shakespeare Project of Chicago: Thomas Heywood’s The Fair Maid of the West

Peter Garino, Artistic Director, Shakespeare Project of Chicago

Peter Garino, Artistic Director, Shakespeare Project of Chicago

Saturday, January 18, 2014

10 am - 12:30 pm

Ruggles Hall

Directed by Peter Garino
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Other Renaissance Programs

“Oh that I had the power to make Time lame,
To stay the stars, or make the moon stand still,
That future day might never stay haste thy flight.”

Meet Bess Bridges, our fair heroine, who runs an English seaport tavern. The apple of many a salty sailor’s eye, she remains loyal to her beloved Spencer, a sea captain now on the run and fighting the Spanish in the Azores. When word of Spencer’s untimely demise reaches Bess, she recruits a ragged crew of local yeomen to set sail and confront the far-away enemy while fending off pirates and winning the respect and admiration of the Moroccan King. Your departure awaits from your crew of favorite Shakespeare Project actors who will take you on a seagoing adventure of love lost and reclaimed through a fair maid’s unwavering perseverance and courage. A play so popular with Elizabethan audiences, it spawned a sequel. From Thomas Heywood, author of last season’s A Woman Killed Kindness.

A staged reading by professional actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago. An informative talk begins fifteen minutes before the performance, which is followed by a question-and-answer session with the director and cast. The Shakespeare Project was founded in 1993 and has performed at the Newberry Library since 2003.

Cosponsored by the Newberry Public Programs department.

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Cost and Registration Information 

This program is free and open to the public; no tickets or advanced registration is required.