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Shapeshifters Theatre

Shapeshifters Theatre is the IAHC’s resident theatre since 1987.

The group continues to build on the tradition of Irish theatre and expand the presentation of established and new works. The group is volunteer-run and open to anyone interested in play-reading, performing, tech work, ushering or helping with promotions.

The group has performed at The Newberry Library, Chicago Celtic Fest, Milwaukee Irish Fest, Gaelic Park Irish Fest and other regional Irish Festivals.

The Irish American Heritage Center has hosted Irish Theatre since 1987. The theatre company began with the devoted efforts of Mary O’Reilly and Kay and Michael Shevlin. As the building renovation crews restored the facility, the thespians recruited fellow theatre lovers and began bringing Irish history, folklore, and much loved writings to the stage.

Shapeshifters Theatre Company continues to build on the tradition of Irish Theatre and expands the presentation of established and new works. Shapeshifters has earned awards at the Acting Irish International Theatre Fest, earning past awards for Best Production and Best Actress.

Upcoming Events

Shapeshifters Theatre continues its series of staged readings this winter in the Fifth Province Pub. Readings are held the first Monday of each month. Kicking off the winter series on Monday, January 4 is The Shadow of the Gunman, the first in Sean O’Casey’s Dublin Trilogy.

Gunman centers on the mistaken identity of a building tenant who is thought to be an IRA assassin. The Shadow of a Gunman will be followed by Juno and the Paycock on Monday, February 1 and The Plough and the Stars on Monday, March 7.

Juno and the Paycock tells the story of how the Irish Civil War affects the dysfunctional Boyle family, residents of the working class tenements of Dublin in the early 1920s.

The Plough and the Stars describes the evolution of life in the homes and a pub in a similar Dublin neighborhood, both before and during the Easter Rising.

The Fifth Province opens at 6 pm, and reading begins at 7 pm. The audience is invited to stay after the reading for a talk back with director Elizabeth Ellis and the cast. Local musicians will provide live music before and after the performance. Tickets for the readings are $10.

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