2 New Plays, 2 Catholic Priests, 2 Very Different Men


This fall Chris will appear in readings for a pair of new plays, playing characters similar in their faith but wildly different in their approaches.

Rowan Williams’s Shakeshafte, in a theatrical reading from the Shakespeare Project of Chicago, will receive its U.S. premiere in performances at the Niles-Main District and the Newberry libraries, and Kirsten Ebsen’s The Malta Play will be a part of Artemisia Theatre’s Fall Festival of new plays at the Edge Theater.

In Shakeshafte, Chris plays the Jesuit priest Edmund Campion—who will later be martyred and sainted—who meets a young Will “Shakeshafte,” better known by the name Shakespeare, and possibly influences the greatest writer in the English language.

The Malta Play sees Chris as Malachi, a Dominican friar who attempts to convert—and subsequently, rages against—two Quaker women during the Inquisition in Malta.

Two sides of a very similar coin.

Shakeshafte runs September 15 and 16 (visit shakespeareprojectchicago.org), and The Malta Play bows October 2 (see artemisiatheatre.org).

All performances are free.