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T.R. Knight to Play Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

The cast will also feature Alexandra Silber, Edward O'Blenis, and more.

T.R. Knight takes on the role of Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
(© David Gordon)

Chicago Shakespeare Theater has announced the cast and creative team for its upcoming A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Joe Dowling. With this production, Dowling revisits his landmark 1999 production from the theater's inaugural season on Navy Pier in an all-new production in the Courtyard Theater, December 6-January 27.

The cast will feature Grey's Anatomy alum T.R. Knight as Bottom, as well as Alexandra Silber, Edward O'Blenis, Cristina Panfilio, Tyrone Phillips, Melisa Soledad Pereyra, Eric Schabla, and Sam Kebede. The ensemble also includes Joe Dempsey, William Dick, Patrick DuLaney, Sara Sevigny, Alec Silver, Adrienne Storrs, Ethan Deppe, Michael Ferraro, Luke Halpern, Jarais Musgrove, Michael Rawls, KJ Sheldon, and Lauren Smith.

In Dowling's staging, "Shakespeare's beloved comedy is infused with raucous humor, a striking visual landscape, and eclectic musical score blending rock, jazz, blues, rock, and '50s doo-wop."

Dowling is joined on the creative team by composer and music director Keith Thomas, choreographer Joe Chvala, scenic designer Todd Rosenthal, costume designer Fabio Toblini, lighting designers Jesse Klug and Greg Hofmann, sound designer Victoria (Toy) Deiorio, and wig and make-up designer Richard Jarvie.