WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
The Oscar-winning romantic comedy about Shakespeare and the Lord Chamberlain's Men returns to its rightful home — the stage. Imagine a young playwright on the make struggling to write his new tragic love story, Romeo and Ethel, The Pirate's Daughter. The title just doesn't have the right ring — and young Will Shakespeare knows it. He's got writer's block and must do something quickly. Will needs a muse, and he finds one in Viola, a vivacious beauty who will do anything — even disguise herself as a man — to audition for the stage, where no women are permitted to perform. Once revealed, the torrid affair begins inspiring the completion of the most romantic tragedy ever penned. Backstage maneuverings jostle hilariously with onstage dramas in this love letter to the theater itself, directed by multi-Jeff Award winner and Chicago Shakespeare favorite Rachel Rockwell.