Chaucer's 'Tales' relatable for modern audience

DeKALB – An adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” will be presented as the next Studio Series production of the Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance.

“The Canterbury Tales” originally consisted of 24 stories written by Chaucer at the end of the 14th century. Eight of these stories have been adapted for the stage by visiting assistant professor Luke Krueger, and the play is directed by Stanton Davis.

An interesting aspect of the play is the use of historical figures from the court of King Richard II as characters who enact Chaucer’s tales. The figures become intriguing stories within the stories. The play will also feature music from the time period.

According to Krueger, there are many parallels between Chaucer’s stories and the greater plot involving King Richard II and his court.

Using elements of beauty and humor in the writing of Middle English, the script comically expresses anti-violence and anti-war sentiments. According to Davis, Middle English is very similar to modern written English, so the play will not be difficult to understand.

He said the cast and crew put a lot of work into turning Chaucer’s poetry into a relatable and comical play.

“The Canterbury Tales” will stage in the Stevens Building Corner Theatre on the NIU DeKalb campus Nov. 8-11. All general admission tickets are $6 and are only available one hour before each performance.

‘The Canterbury Tales’

Nov. 8-11
7:30 p.m. weeknights and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Corner Theatre, Northern Illinois University Stevens Building
Tickets are $6 and available one hour before curtain.

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