Chickspeare

Chickspeare

Performing in the 2014 Green Show Friday, September 19 and Sunday, September 21.

This is their first season in the OSF Green Show.

Chickspeare: Fast, fun, physical, all female and fully improvised Shakespeare!

Chickspeare was created in Los Angeles at the National Comedy Theater (home of Comedysportz LA) by creator/director James Thomas Bailey in 2010.  The ensemble has performed every summer since, both at their home theater and in Napa, CA. The all female cast is made up of nine professional improvisors with diverse backgrounds in theater, improvisational theater, sketch comedy, stand up comedy, TV and film. They hail from California, Florida, Minnesota, Virginia and Rhode Island.  Several members hold University theater degrees in their home states, and one went to Oxford School of Drama in England. Some of the members also studied at ACT, and at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and East15 in London.  These women cut their improv teeth at some of the most prestigious improv schools in the world: Second City, Groundlings, Upright Citizen's Brigade, IO West, Brave New Workshop, ACME theater as well as; Comedysportz LA, San Jose, and Twin Cities. Most have experience performing the plays of William Shakespeare, in roles such as Rosalind, Phebe, Helena, Puck, Viola, Audrey, Titania, and Nurse in venues around the country.  Many have performed in the following theater festivals: LA Improv, Chicago Improv, SF Improv, Big Stinkin’ Improv Festival in Austin, Texas, Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. TV credits include: Fargo, True Blood, Parks and Rec, How I Met your Mother, Modern Family, Gilmore Girls, Parenthood, The Crazy Ones, The Sarah Silverman Program, Jimmy Kimmel and MADtv as well as dozens of commercials.

Chickspeare on Community: In contrast to Shakespeare’s time, when women were forbidden to take the stage and his plays were performed solely by men, Chickspeare is a thoroughly modern take on Shakespeare’s plays, improvised by an all female cast. Our show especially resonates with women mainly because, although we are all women, we are not performing the traditional “women’s show” with themes like dating, child-rearing, and menopause.  We often make light-hearted fun of some of the outdated notions about women’s roles prevalent in Shakespeare’s plays. But mostly we tell stories of love. High energy, funny, physical stories that do not lack in heart.  We are so thrilled that our audiences come again and again bringing their sisters, mothers and friends. But our hearts soar when a young woman tells us she’s been inspired to try improv or to start her own group.