No Beast So Fierce


based on Richard III by William Shakespeare
adapted and directed by Max Truax
original music composed by Jonathan Guillen
featuring Katherine Keberlein as Richard Gloucester
in association with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)

Admission is FREE in Public Access Theatre
Previews October 6 – October 8
Open October 9, 2015
Through November 8, 2015
Thursday – Saturday nights at 7:30PM
Sunday matinees at 2PM

Performed at the Storefront Theater, 66 E Randolph | Chicago
All performances are wheelchair accessible

Photography by Joe Mazza, Brave Lux.


Oracle Productions partners with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) to bring its socially charged and visually arresting storytelling style to the Loop. NO BEAST SO FIERCE is a 90 minute adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard III in which the titular character is a woman fighting for power in male-dominated arena. Artistic Director Max Truax joins forces again with the creative team behind 2013’s Jeff Award-winning production of THE MOTHER, for which he received Jeff Nomination as Best Director. Playing Richard Gloucester is Katherine Keberlein, who received a Jeff Award for Best Actress for her role in THE MOTHER. Jonathan Guillen (Best Original Music, THE MOTHER) composes original music, Nicholas Tonozzi (Best Original Music, THE MOTHER and THE JUNGLE) is Choral Director, and Company Member Jeremy Clark (Jeff Nominated for Artistic Specialization, THE MOTHER video design) designs projections. As adapter, Truax combines Shakespeare’s language with other source material to investigate Richard’s Machiavellian methods as the means to a more virtuous goal.

With Keberlein in command, NO BEAST SO FIERCE portrays Richard as a cunning political strategist who seeks to take the throne for herself and forever change the political landscape. Oracle’s dance-theatre inspired staging will explore the complexity of a world in which one must do wrong in order to achieve the greater good.


The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

For more information about DCASE Theater & Dance programming, visit

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Katherine Keberlein –  Richard Gloucester
Erica Bittner – Queen Elizabeth
Mickey O’Sullivan – Buckingham
John Arthur Lewis* – King Edward, Brackenbury, Richmond
Colin Morgan – Clarence, Prince Edward, Catesby
Mike Steele – Rivers, Oxford
Jeremy Trager – Hastings, Herbert
Brian Hurst* – The Mayor
Jorge Bolaños – Understudy


Adapted and Directed by Max Truax*
Original Music by Jonathan Guillen
Choral Arrangements and Direction by Nicholas Tonozzi

Scenic Design – Joanna Iwanicka
Projection Design – Jeremy Clark*
Costume Design – Joan Pritchard*
Lighting Design – Rachel Levy
Sound Design – Steve Labedz

Production Manager – Lauren Yarbrough
Stage Manager – Deirdre Connelly*
Technical Director – Justin Snyder*
Assistant Director – Jamie Bragg*
Casting Director – Lyndsay Rose Kane
Graphic Design – Evelyn DeHais
Resident Photographer – Joe Mazza

Max Truax* is Artistic Director
Jeremy Clark* is Managing Director
Brad Jayhan-Little* is Executive Director
Ben Fuchsen* is Executive Producer

* denotes Oracle Company Member

Graphics by Evelyn DeHais

Graphics by Evelyn DeHais