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Chicago Premiere Of Play Called Off Due To Delay In Visas

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The Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – A big U.S. premiere planned for June 25 at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater will not happen because the actors can’t get their visas in time.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports, the production, “One Thousand and One Nights,” is an epic featuring a cast from Arab countries, including Syria, Iran and Iraq.

Its U.S. premiere was to have been in Chicago next weekend, but now it has been canceled because a few cast members still haven’t been able to get their American visas.

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The play has already had a run at the Luminato Festival in Toronto, and there apparently has not been a problem with Canadian visas.

The Web site of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier says the premiere has been “postponed.”

The theater says from the time actors assembled in Egypt for rehearsals, and later relocated to Morocco because of the uprising in Cairo, “proper and timely procedures were followed to secure permission for the company to enter the United States.”

The theater says it is working with director Tim Supple and his team to reschedule the run of the play “at the earliest opportunity.”

Ticketholders can get a refund or choose to wait for a rescheduled performance, the theater says.