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Odd's Bodkins:

The Tragedy of Tom Riddle

 Saturdays & Sundays at 2 p.m. | May 5 - 27

Odd's Bodkins will be producing a limited engagement run of The Tragedy of Tom Riddle at Northcenter's Cornservatory every Saturday and Sunday in May at 2 p.m. The production is directed by Miranda Bishop, and assistant directed by Austin Halter, who is also the production's fight choreographer.


This is a world premiere production of the play, which tells the story of how the titular Riddle became Lord Voldemort and antagonized the heroes of the Harry Potter series, told using the style, language, and verse of William Shakespeare. The Harry Potter franchise has sold more than 500 million books, been translated into 80 languages, and is one of the best selling movie franchises in history, grossing more than $7.7 billion in worldwide receipts.


The play explores how Voldemort lead a crusade of like-minded wizards on a quest to purify the magical world of half-blood and muggle-born magic users, drawing contemporary parallels to modern-day stories of nationalism, fascism, and racism, and culminating with the collapse of this way of life.


"Despite being a story of a fictional, magic-filled world, the story this show tells is both timely and incredibly relevant," says Bishop, also an Odd's Bodkins ensemble member, "And this production is packed with incredible designs, a spectacular cast, and several full-scale wizards' duels."


The play was written at Ohio Wesleyan University's "How to Write Like Shakespeare" program in 2016. "As a Theatre/English double major with a heavy concentration in Shakespeare, this course was the perfect way to top off my undergraduate career," says Hannah Mary Simpson, who is a co-writer of the play, an Odd's Bodkins ensemble member, and appears in the production as Lily Potter. "Chicago is a nerd-tastic city --the perfect place for Tom Riddle's world premiere. I'm so excited to share Riddle with the world, and I'm thrilled that it's in such capable hands!" she continued.


Odd's Bodkins Shakespeare Ensemble is a burgeoning, independent, original practices Shakespeare company, founded in 2015 by Nora Manca Wickman, and has mounted past productions of "Macbeth," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and will be producing "Romeo and Juliet" this coming summer. The current production will also feature live music performed by the cast. Odd's Bodkins produces classic plays with unconventional casts and staging that raises up the voices of those normally outside the mainstream of theater culture, and brings a love of Shakespeare to the next generation through workshops and free school performances.


Performance days include:


Saturday, May 5th, Sunday, May 6th;

Saturday, May 12th, Sunday, May 13th;

Saturday, May 19th, Sunday, May 20th;

Saturday, May 26th, Sunday, May 27th


All performances are at 2 p.m. at the Cornservatory Theatre, 4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL 60618.


Tickets: $20 for adults, $5 for students.

Additional Show Information

  • House opens at 1:40 p.m.

  • Street parking can be found all around the theater

  • This show is BYOB (includes alcohol - please drink responsibly)

  • You can make reservations by emailing corntickets@gmail.com

  • If not sold out, tickets are available at the door for CASH ONLY