Chicago Shakespeare Theater Artistic Director Barbara Gaines: “Binge-watching has changed the arts”

Justin Kaufmann

Justin Kaufmann and Barbara Gaines, December 2019

Barbara Gaines, founder and artistic director of the Chicago Shakespeare Theaterjoins Justin to discuss directing the new production of “Romeo & Juliet,” which is running through December 22nd. Barbara also talks about directing “Romeo & Juliet” for the first time, why she decided to take on this challenge now, how “Romeo and Juliet” is, at its core, an anti-violence play, why the works of Shakespeare still resonate today, how they deal with the sudden departure of a cast member, Shakespeare’s profound and continuing impact on society, the current cultural revolution and its effect on theater and her next project, “Emma,” which is opening in January.

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