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CAL PRITNER 1935 - 2014

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Cal Pritner, founder of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and founding chair of the Illinois State University Theatre Department, passed away in December at the age of 79. Cal helped inspire myriad students, including John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf, Judith Ivey, and two who went on to found Chicago's legendary Steppenwolf Theatre, Jeff Perry and Terry Kinney. An endowment will be established in his name for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Memorials may be made to the Illinois Shakespeare Society online at or by calling (309) 438-2294. Please add that the gift is in memory of Cal Pritner. This year's Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to his memory. If you have any questions please contact Chrissy Brown at or (309) 438-7735.



2015 Summer Repertory Season
July 3 - August 8, 2015

Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare in the Theatre at Ewing

     June 30 (Preview), July 3 (Opening), 8, 11, 14, 18, 23, 26, 29, 31 and August 5, 8

Richard II by William Shakespeare in the Theatre at Ewing

     July 2 (Preview), July 5 (Opening), 10, 15, 17, 21, 25, 30, August August 6

The Q Brothers' Q Gents by GQ and JAQ - A Hip-hop adaptation of The Two Gentlemen of Verona in the Theatre at Ewing

     July 1 (Preview), July 4 (Opening), 7, 9, 12, 16, 19, 22, 24, 28, August 1, 4, 7

Love's Labor's Won by Scott Kaiser - A World Premier Studio Production in the Westhoff Theatre

     July 19 (Opening), 22, 24, 26, 28, August 1, 2, 4, 6, 7



Spring 2015 School and Community Centers Tour


The ISF Touring Company brings its exciting and theatrical "guerrilla Shakespeare" approach to Shakespeare's great works: Othello, Romeo and Juliet, and As You Like It. See 8 actors play all the parts in a 40-minute, abbreviated Shakespeare classic that can adapt to any space and includes a lot of audience interaction. Let us know which show(s) your class or school would like to see.

The troupe is now booking performances for schools and community institutions for the Fall. The company tours on Fridays beginning February 2 through May 1, 2015.

Q & A session follows each performance - students learn about the arts, theater, acting, and William Shakespeare.

The cost is only $200 per performance to cover our expenses.

For more information and to book a show, please call (309) 438-8974


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September - April Phone: 309-438-8974
May-August Phone: 309-438-2535
Box Office: 866-IL-SHAKE

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theatre at ewing

Corner of Emerson St. and Towanda Avenue
48 Sunset Rd.
Bloomington, Illinois 61701

center for the performing arts

Corner of S. School St. and W. Beaufort St.
Illinois State University
462 W. Beaufort St.
Normal, Illinois 61761

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