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Shakespeare adaptation "Banish All the World" premieres Feb. 18


Banish All The WorldThe Collective of Concordia University Chicago presents “Banish All the World,” an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” Parts 1 and 2. The play is directed by Brian Fruits and was adapted by Jason Narvy and Andrew Pederson, all faculty members at Concordia-Chicago.

Performances will take place Feb. 18-20 and 25-27 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 21 and 28 at 2 p.m. at the Madison Street Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park, IL.

Civil war, usurpation and drunken pickpockets abound in this riotous and fast-paced conflation of Shakespeare’s beloved history of the education of a prince. Hal must balance his father’s need for an heir with his desire to find the freedom and ruthless joy in life with Falstaff.

Brian Fruits, visiting assistant professor of English at Concordia-Chicago, holds an MFA in Theatre (Directing) from the University of Memphis and originally hails from Chicago. He is an associate member of the Stage Director & Choreographers Union, and is the founder and artistic director of the Saltbox Theatre Collective.

General admission tickets to “Banish All the World” are $15, with discounts available for students, seniors and CUC alumni. Tickets can be purchased online at, or by cash or check at the door before show time.