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Janus Theatre welcomes back Unrehearsed Shakespeare Co. Aug. 20

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  • Thomas Mowbrey as played by Nathaniel Fishburn declares his virtue in Richard II.

    Thomas Mowbrey as played by Nathaniel Fishburn declares his virtue in Richard II.
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Janus Theatre Company

After last year's highly successful Elgin 400 Shakespeare Festival, Janus Theatre Company welcomes back Chicago's Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company for an outdoor performance of "Richard II" at Mural Alley, located at 66 S. Spring St., directly across from Elgin Artspace Lofts in downtown Elgin.

The performance will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. The public is invited to bring a lawn chair and enjoy this fast-paced show. Tickets for the performance are free, but due to limited space, reservations are available at

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Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company will present one of Shakespeare's most relevant history plays using cue script acting techniques. Actors will be working with "scrolls" in hand during the performance and will not have read the play or rehearsed scenes in advance. This will bring a spontaneity and improvisational quality to the performance. "Richard II" is one Shakespeare's most famous history plays with a story that investigates power and politics, while asking the question: Who rightfully deserves to lead a nation?


Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company is led by Artistic Director Jared McDaris, who first began his adventures in unrehearsed Shakespeare in 2008, playing an obnoxious lawyer in Bard in the Barn's production of Volpone. He became a perennial player and sometime director of Bard shows, and helped found the Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company in 2009. Since that time, the company has presented 20 productions at various indoor and outdoor location using unrehearsed Shakespeare techniques.


The production will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Mural Alley, located at 66 S. Spring St., across from Elgin ArtSpace Lofts in downtown Elgin. The performance is free but donations are welcome. Reservations can be made online at or

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