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Contact: Patricia DuChene
Nov. 12, 2015 Sheboygan, WI
There will be much ado about laughter when The Improvised Shakespeare Company takes the John Michael Kohler Arts Center stage with four shows, Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 3–5, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 1:30 p.m.
The award-winning comedy troupe turns an audience suggestion for a yet-to-be-written play into reality, creating a fully improvised performance in great Shakespearean style. No story line is too silly or preposterous with players who, according to the Chicago Tribune, “channel Monty Python as often as the Bard.” Each has brushed up on his “thees” and “thous” to bring forth an uncharted evening of off-the-cuff fun.
With characters conceived on the spot, the play is filled with star-crossed lovers, sprites, kings, queens, princesses, swordplay, rhyming couplets, asides, insults, people in disguise, or anything else that might be expected from the pen of William Shakespeare.
Regularly playing to sold-out houses in New York, Los Angeles, Montreal and Chicago, The Improvised Shakespeare Company has been praised by TimeOut Chicago as “staggeringly brilliant” and “downright hilarious.” The merry band of thespians garnered a Best of 2015 award from LA Weekly.
Founded in 2005, The Improvised Shakespeare Company performs its critically acclaimed show four times a week at Chicago’s world famous iO Theater and entertains audiences around the globe with its touring company. Sir Patrick Stewart, widely known for his roles as Star Trek’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard and X-Men’s Professor Charles Xavier, brought his Shakespearean chops to several of the troupe’s performances in 2013 and 2014. They have been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Fringe Festival, the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, and the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and Chicago.
Tickets to the Thursday through Saturday shows are $29 ($24 for Arts Center members and students). Tickets to the Sunday matinee are $16 ($12 for members and students). Purchase tickets at the Arts Center, 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan; by calling 920-458-6144; or by visiting jmkac.org. Group rates are available.
The Sunday afternoon show is a shorter performance with interactive elements. It is designed for families with children and the more inquisitive theatergoer looking for a less traditional performance experience.
About the John Michael Kohler Arts Center: Founded in 1967, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is dedicated to making innovative arts programming accessible to a broad audience that ranges from artists and academics to families and youth of all ages. Central to its mission is promoting understanding and appreciation of the work of self-taught and contemporary artists through original exhibitions, commissioned works of art, performing arts programs, community arts initiatives, and publications. The Arts Center’s collections focus primarily on works by vernacular-environment builders, self-taught and folk artists, and works created in the Arts/Industry residency program.
Looking to the future, the Arts Center continues to generate new explorations in the arts that foster creative exchanges between an international community of artists and a diverse public, making real the power of the arts to transform lives and strengthen communities. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is supported by corporate and foundation donors, government grants, and its many members. The Arts Center is not an entity of Kohler Co. or its subsidiaries. More information about the Arts Center can be found at jmkac.org.
Admission to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is by voluntary donation. Arts Center members receive a discount on performance and other event tickets, classes and camps tuition, purchases at ARTspace gift shops, and free or discounted admission to many special events. Memberships are available at the Arts Center, by visiting jmkac.org, and/or by calling 920-458-6144.
Arts Center Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Arts Center is open at other times for special events