After a week of medical observation, it is now confirmed that stage and screen star Stacy Keach experienced a mild heart attack during the May 30 opening night performance of Pamplona, a one-man show by Jim McGrath. After it became clear that Keach was struggling, the performance was halted midway by Goodman Artistic Director Robert Falls. According to doctors, Keach is expected to make a complete recovery following a period of cardiac rehabilitation and rest. As previously announced, all remaining performances of Pamplona have been canceled; however, plans to reschedule the production are underway.
“On behalf of Stacy Keach, his family and the Goodman, we would like to extend our gratitude for all of the generous support and concern shown to Stacy this past week. I remain awed by Stacy’s courage and strength after experiencing such a disturbing event; his spirits are high and he is resting and recovering comfortably. Jim, Stacy and I look forward to continuing our collaboration on Pamplona,” said Artistic Director Robert Falls.
McGrath’s 80-minute, world premiere production starring Keach as the iconic American author Ernest Hemingway was scheduled to run May 19 through June 25 in the Goodman’s 350-seat Owen Theatre. Keach, who has no understudy given the unique nature of the play and his extensive involvement in the project’s development, completed every preview performance from May 19-28. The May 30 opening night was halted mid-performance, and the following three performances were cancelled as Keach underwent medical testing.
Ticket holders will be offered a full refund to Pamplona, or tickets to the upcoming Ah, Wilderness! by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Steve Scott. A Goodman Theatre Ticket Services representative will be in touch, or patrons can call 312.443.3800 or visit the box office in-person at 170 N. Dearborn (the box office is open daily from 12 noon to 5pm; on performance days, it remains open until 30 minutes past curtain).
The Goodman is grateful for its Pamplona sponsors, including The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation (Major Support) and Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP (Contributing Sponsor) with additional support from the Director’s Society.
Announce 25 Performances in 18 Parks, July 26–August 27, 2017
Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST), the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District and Boeing partner to present the annual citywide summer tradition, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks. Made possible by production sponsor BMO Harris, 25 performances of Shakespeare’s timeless classic Romeo and Juliet, adapted and directed by Marti Lyons, will tour to 18 neighborhood parks across the City, July 26–August 27, 2017.
“Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks has been instrumental in connecting Chicago’s communities with world-class theater and shining a spotlight on our local performers,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “I have personally enjoyed the performances since its inaugural year, and look forward to this summer’s rendition of Romeo and Juliet as part of our Night Out in the Parks.”
The Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour of Romeo and Juliet kicks off as one of the inaugural events of the new performance lawns at Polk Bros Park on Navy Pier with three performances: Wednesday, July 26; Thursday, July 27; and Friday, July 28—all at 7:00pm.
Parks scheduled to be visited, rain or shine, include:
- Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00pm – Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.)
- Thursday, July 27 at 7:00pm – Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.)
- Friday, July 28 at 7:00pm – Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.)
- Sunday, July 30 at 4:00pm – Ellis Park (3520 S. Cottage Grove Ave.)
- Wednesday, August 02 at 6:30pm – Gage Park (2411 W. 55th St.)
- Thursday, August 03 at 6:30pm – Kelvyn Park (4438 W. Wrightwood Ave.)
- Friday, August 04 at 6:30pm – Eckhart Park (1330 W. Chicago Ave.)
- Saturday, August 05 at 6:30pm – Welles Park (2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.)
- Sunday, August 06 at 4:00pm – Welles Park (2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.)
- Tuesday, August 08 at 6:30pm – Columbus Park (500 S. Central Ave.)
- Wednesday, August 09 at 6:30pm – Tuley Park (501 E. 90th Pl.)
- Thursday, August 10 at 6:30pm – Humboldt Park (1301 N. Sacramento Ave.)
- Friday, August 11 at 6:30pm – Humboldt Park (1301 N. Sacramento Ave.)
- Saturday, August 12 at 6:30pm – Frank J. Wilson Park (4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
- Sunday, August 13 at 4:00pm – Frank J. Wilson Park (4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
- Wednesday, August 16 at 6:30pm – Garfield Park (100 N. Central Park Ave.)
- Thursday, August 17 at 6:30pm – Dvorak Park (1119 W. Cullerton St.)
- Friday, August 18 at 6:30pm – Ridge Park (1817 W. 96th St.)
- Saturday, August 19 at 6:30pm – Ridge Park (1817 W. 96th St.)
- Sunday, August 20 at 4:00pm – Steelworkers Park (E. 87th St. at Lake Michigan)
- Wednesday, August 23 at 6:30pm – Hamilton Park (513 W. 72nd St.)
- Thursday, August 24 at 6:30pm – Piotrowski Park (4247 W. 31st St.)
- Friday, August 25 at 6:30pm – Loyola Park (1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.)
- Saturday, August 26 at 6:30pm – Loyola Park (1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.)
- Sunday, August 27 at 4:00pm – Ping Tom Memorial Park (1700 S. Wentworth Ave.)
For more information on Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks, visit www.chicagoshakes.com/parks.