The Gist: The Improvised Shakespeare Company and WBEZ’s Lauren Chooljian on Rahm Emanuel.

Improvisational Shakespeare Says “Yes and” to the Bard

Improvisational Shakespeare Says “Yes and” to the Bard

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
April 1 2015 8:39 PM

Shakespeare Without the Script

Wherefore art thou a Chicago Improvised Shakespeare Company? A long running Chicago show mixes the bard with unscripted comedy.

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Performers from Chicago's Improvised Shakespeare Company join us on The Gist.

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On a past Gist, we gave you drunk Shakespeare. Now, it’s time to see how the bard fares when subjected to sober improvisation. (We think it was sober.) Joey Bland, Blaine Swen, and Steve Waltien join us from Chicago’s Improvised Shakespeare Company. For the Spiel, WBEZ’s Lauren Chooljian explains what makes the Chicago mayoral election a compelling national story.


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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.