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Creating Shakespeare

An illustration of the character of Falstaff, from The Wits, or, Sport upon Sport. Published in London in 1673.

In the mid-twentieth century, comic books framed Shakespeare’s most famous plays for a younger, predominantly male audience.

Seven students from Chicago High School for the Arts helped us create a Hamlet mashup, a patchwork of their voices delivering Hamlet’s “Speak the speech” lines opening Act III, Scene II. From left to right: Destiny Mack, Steven Cooper, Kiara Rivera, Kieran O’Connor, Kateri Halbleib, Justin Gunn, and India Gray. 

Friday, September 23, 2016Saturday, December 31, 2016

Shakespeare spent most of his adult life creating, on page and on stage. And in the 400 years since his death, he has also been created again and again by generations of actors, writers, printers, artists, filmmakers, advertising executives—the list goes on! They have used the Bard and his work as a way to explore human society, ruminate on authorship, and, occasionally, sell canned meats. Creating Shakespeare is the story of Shakespeare's prolific life and afterlife, from the sixteenth century through the twenty-first.

Creating Shakespeare is sponsored by Rosemary J. Schnell, Exelon, the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, and Paul C. Gignilliat. It is part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago, a yearlong international arts festival celebrating four centuries of the playwright's legacy. The festival is organized by Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Creating Shakespeare Video Series

Learn which beloved Shakespeare character was the first of the bunch to be illustrated; watch rehearsal footage of Shakespeare-inspired choreography that legendary dancer Ruth Page never performed; determine whether you're buying or selling Shakespeare as a spokesperson for Ford and Budweiser.

"Speak the Speech" Mashup

We asked seven students from Chicago High School for the Arts to help us record a Hamlet mashup, and this is what we came up with! It's one more link in the chain of interpretive creativity inspired by Shakespeare!

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This exhibition is free to attend.