Holiday Performance: Christmas Comes But Once a Year | Newberry

Holiday Performance: Christmas Comes But Once a Year

Christmas card from the Elmer Jacob papers.

Christmas card from the Elmer Jacob papers.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Door open for refreshments at 9:30; performance begins at 10

Ruggles Hall

A theatrical reading by the Shakespeare Project of Chicago
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Open to the Public

Join us for a special holiday-themed morning, with traditional carols, a special holiday performance, and free hot chocolate and treats.

The morning opens with a selection of carols, featuring Danni Smith and Martin Monahan, followed by a theatrical reading of George Zahora’s Christmas Comes But Once a Year, a new work commissioned for The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, featuring a cast of Shakespeare Project favorites directed by Peter Garino.

Late December 2019: At a backwater British university, a trio of squabbling academics attempt to unlock an ancient puzzle box containing the script for “Christmas Comes But Once A Year,” a long-lost holiday extravaganza penned by a quartet of Shakespeare’s contemporaries. And, in a flashback to November 1602, those playwrights—Thomas Heywood, Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, and John Webster—struggle to complete an “accessible” holiday story.

Can they meet their deadline? Will their famous frienemy “Wm Shakspr” come through with a bit of help? And why was “Christmas Comes But Once A Year” erased from history? Past and Present collide messily in this rollicking world-premiere original holiday comedy, written by longtime Shakespeare Project sound designer George Zahora.

Running time with a brief intermission will be about one hour, 15 minutes.

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Cost and Registration Information 

Open to the public; free tickets required. Tickets will be available online beginning November 1.