The Last Wife: Private Reception and Performance for Chicago-Toronto Anniversary

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The Toronto Committee of CSCI celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Chicago-Toronto sister city relationship with a private reception and sold-out performance of the U.S. premiere of Canadian playwright Kate Hennig’s feminist and fearless new play The Last Wife at TimeLine Theatre Company. Ms. Hennig was in attendance at the reception and performance.

The Last Wife is a funny and timely examination of politics, sex, and women’s rights. Katherine Parr is smart and passionate: a rising star in a world of intense competition. She also has just been crowned the sixth wife of King Henry VIII. In the process, she’s started an illicit affair, inherited three children, and launched a political career at the head of the country, alongside a husband as well known for his insanity as his brutality. Now’s not the time to lose her head. The Last Wife is a bold and contemporary return to Tudor England that confronts issues as relevant today as they were 500 years ago.

All proceeds benefited the Toronto Committee of CSCI and their cultural and business initiatives that highlight the ties between the sister cities of Chicago and Toronto.

This event was sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, Porter Airlines Inc, Metropolitan Capital Bank and the Consulate General of Canada in Chicago.