“Well behaved women rarely make history.” This summer, Oak Park Festival Theatre brings to life two iconic female characters who have been making history since their debuts: Eliza Doolittle, in Shaw’s Pygmalion, and Kate, in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. This season showcases two of the greatest female characters of the English theatre. Though separated by 300 years, both Eliza and Kate are fierce, funny, and dangerous to cross.

PYGMALION
JUNE 18th- JULY 16th
Directed by Jason GeraceAre our destinies to be defined by the way we are perceived, by middle class morality, or by our own sparks of divine fire? In honor of George Bernard Shaw’s 160th birthday, we present to you his immortal tale Pygmalion: a story of a phonetics professor who tutors a lower-class girl to speak proper English in order to pass for a “lady.” Shaw called Pygmalion a “romance.” Critics have called it “genius.” We call it the delicious, dialectic, diabolically smart first production of our 42nd season.Bringing the vibrant role of Eliza to life, Amanda Drinkall will be making her Oak Park Festival debut following acclaimed performances in Venus in Fur at the Goodman, Great Expectations with Strawdog Theatre, and Mary Page Marlowe by Tracy Letts at Steppenwolf.  Oak Park Festival Theatre’s own three-time Jeff Award nominee Kevin Theis will be taking the stage as the domineering and eccentric Henry Higgins.
THE CAST
Henry Higgins  – Kevin Theis* +
Eliza Doolittle  – Amanda Drinkall*
Alfred Doolittle  – Brian Rooney
Colonel Pickering  – Jack Hickey* +
Mrs. Higgins  – Mary Michell* +
Mrs. Pearce – Belinda Bremner +
Freddy Eynsford-Hill – Kyle Curry
Clara Eynsford-Hill – Erica Bittner
Mrs. Eynsford-Hill – Lynda Shadrake
*denotes member of Actors Equity Association
+denotes Oak Park Festival Company Member

 


THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
JULY 23rd – AUGUST 27th
Directed by Adrianne Cury‘Tis true there is taming, but of whom, and by whom? Two impossible outsiders wrestle their way into a hitherto un-hoped for love match and the happiest (if oddest) ever-afters in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, a problematic comedy that has confounded artists, critics, and audiences for centuries. As our contribution in the year long global celebrations of Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death, we bring you his most famous and furious battle of the sexes. Whether you think men are from Mars or Verona, and women from Venus or Padua, this breezy, bawdy, bittersweet, wondrous wooing will set your brains and hearts reeling. There’s a mighty sting in this tale.Featuring OPFT company members Jhenai Mootz and John Crosthwaite as made-for-each-other-if-they-don’t-kill-each-other-first lovers Kate and Petruchio.
CAST:
Pertruchio – John Crosthwaite +
Kate – Jhenai Mootz +
Bianca – Daniella Pereira
Lucentio – Nicholas Bailey
Tranio – Matthew Gall
Grumio – Matty Robinson
Hortensio – Jesse Dornan
Biondello – Jonathan Nieves
Vincentio – David Elliott
Gremio – Jack Hickey* +
Baptista – Tony Dobrowolski* +
Widow – Sarafina Vecchio
Pedant – Robert Koon
Curtis – Kyle Curry*denotes member of Actors Equity Association
+denotes Oak Park Festival Company Member

 

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LEADING THE CHARGE:
TWO OAK PARK DIRECTORS!

The talent pool of Oak Park artists runs deep and this year we are proud to announce two local celebrities will be guiding the helms of our productions.  Pygmalion will be directed by Jeff Award-winner Jason Gerace. Adrianne Cury, who has earned a Jeff Award nomination, a Jeff Citation, and two After Dark Awards, will be directing The Taming of the Shrew.