The Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces that the world premiere production of It Came From Outer Space has been extended by popular demand through July 31, 2022. Commissioned and developed by Chicago Shakespeare with creative producer Rick Boynton, the new musical based on the 1950s cult classic Universal Pictures sci-fi flick rekindles arts partnership with creators Joe Kinosian (book and music) and Kellen Blair (book and lyrics) following the triumph of their Jeff Award-winning musical Murder for Two (2011), which went on to an acclaimed off-Broadway run. Directed by Laura Braza, the production offers an out-of-the-ordinary experience in the Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare theatre.
Released in 1953, It Came From Outer Space was Universal’s very first 3D film and is now celebrated as a hallmark of the golden age of sci-fi cinema. Amateur astronomer John Putnam encounters an alien spacecraft in the desert and becomes the laughing stock of his small town until alien visitors make their presence known and chaos ensues. Featuring a clever musical score and creative physical humor with six actors playing humans, aliens and everything in between, It Came From Outer Space puts a new spin on Ray Bradbury’s classic flying saucer tale, examining the society’s fear of strangers while simultaneously embracing the wonder of what lies just beyond the stars.
The cast includes Jonathan Butler-Duplessis (Borney / Frank / Coral), Ann Delaney (Maizie / Thalgorian-X), Alex Goodrich (Sheriff Matt Warren / George / Prakaxias), Sharriese Y. Hamilton (Heckie / Grommulex), Christopher Kale Jones (John Putnam) and Jaye Ladymore (Ellen Fields). The stunt doubles include Andrés Enriquez, Ciara Hickey, Ryan Stajmiger and Tiffany T. Taylor. The production musicians are Kevin Reeks (bandleader/keyboards), Sean McNeely (contractor/Reed 1), David Orlicz (Reed 2) and Dave Victor (percussion).
Choreographer Dell Howlett and musical director Tom Vendafreddo join Laura Braza in the creative team. The otherworldly set for It Came From Outer Space is created by scenic designer Scott Davis, costume designer Mieka van der Ploeg, lighting designer Heather Sparling, sound designer Nicholas Pope, and Rasean Davonté Johnson and Mike Commendatore as co-projectors/video designers. The creative team also includes Orchestrations by Macy Schmidt, Puppet Consulting by Manual Cinema, Associate Director Amy Herzberg, Assistant Director Grace Dolezal-Ng, Assistant Music Director Kevin Reeks, Director of Intimacy Sarah Scanlon and Fight Choreographer Wesley Truman Daniel. Jinni Pike is the production manager and Kate Ocker is the assistant manager.
Chicago Shakespeare makes its facilities and performances accessible to all patrons through its Access Shakespeare programs. Accessible performances for It Came From Outer Space include:
Subtitled performance – Wednesday July 20, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
A textual display of the words and sounds heard during a play, synchronized live with the action on stage.
Performance performed as an ASL duo – Friday July 22, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.
All dialogue and lyrics are translated into American Sign Language by two certified interpreters.
Performance in audio description – Sunday July 24, 2022, at 3 p.m.
A program that provides spoken narration of key visual elements of a play for patrons who are blind or visually impaired.
More production info at chicagoshakes.com/outerspace or social media at #cstOuterSpace.
It Came From Outer Space will be presented from June 22 to July 31, 2022 at the Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Tickets ($50 to $60) are on sale now. Special discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the box office at 312.595.5600 or visit the theater’s website at chicagoshakes.com. Chicago Shakespeare’s most recent health protocols are available at chicagoshakes.com/health.
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A Regional Tony Award winner, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater produces year-round plays, musicals, world premieres, family productions and theatrical presentations from around the world, alongside nationally recognized educational programs , serving tens of thousands of students, teachers, and lifelong learners each year. Founded in 1986, the Theatre’s stage work has grown to no less than twenty productions and 650 performances a year. Anxious to welcome the next generation of spectators, one in four spectators is under the age of eighteen. As a non-profit organization, Chicago Shakespeare strives to embrace diversity, prioritize inclusion, provide equitable opportunity, and provide an accessible experience for all. On the theater’s three stages at its home on Navy Pier, in classrooms and city neighborhoods, and in venues around the world, Chicago Shakespeare is a multi-faceted cultural hub inviting audiences, performers and community members to share powerful stories that connect and inspire.