“Death of a Salesman” wins BroadwayWorld Chicago Award for Best Actress!

Shannon Mayhall takes home the prize for her subtle and heartbreaking performance as Linda Loman.

Williams Street Repertory has announced its 2016 production of “Death of a Salesman” received a BroadwayWorld Chicago Award yesterday, January 24, 2017.

WSR’s production of Arthur Miller‘s American stage classic closed out the 2015-2016 season with a run that earned glowing reviews from patrons and the community alike.

Shannon McHugh Mayhall received the 2017 BroadwayWorld Chicago Award for Best Actress in a Play (Resident Equity) for her role as Linda Loman. Reviewer Jeff Cook of the “Northwest Herald” described her performance as one that “inhabits the character with love, dignity and a restrained rage that is breathtaking in its subtlety and intimacy.”

Mayhall, who works as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant at Huntley School District 158, has also appeared in WSR’s productions of “Hands on a Hardbody,” “Barefoot in the Park” and “Steel Magnolias.” Mayhall’s other credits include “God of Carnage” and “The Man Who Came to Dinner” at McHenry County College, “Always…Patsy Cline” and “Chicago” at the Woodstock Opera House and “A Little Night Music” at Elgin Community College.

Williams Street Repertory is a non-profit theatre company located in the wonderful town of Crystal Lake, Illinois. Over the past 6 years, WSR has built a reputation for artistic excellence as one of Illinois’ leading producing theatres. WSR is dedicated to sustaining an artistic process of innovative and emotionally charged work, telling diverse stories, and creating an in-house Production Company of well-respected artists. Since opening, WSR has presented more than 18 productions with a wide range of appeal: from Chicago premieres to international debuts to holiday favorites. In 2016, WSR entered into a contract with Actors Equity Association, making WSR the only professional theater company in McHenry County. Williams Street Rep is dedicated to its mission of producing diverse and emotionally charged stories that deepen the cultural richness of our community and our region. WSR was made possible through support provided by Susen Haakansson Berg and James C. Berg, the City of Crystal Lake, ComEd, McHenry County Community Foundation and Epic Repertory Theater Company. For additional information, visit wsrep.org.

Raue Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of all through the arts. For 15 years, they have provided quality programming – striving to make it pertinent, available and affordable to all. As a painstakingly restored, 1920s regional Showcase Theatre named for its benefactor-Lucile Raue-Raue Center has attracted the finest stars, Broadway shows, musicians and artists. Named on the League of Historic American Theatres, Raue Center is one of the finest examples of restored art and decor in the nation. The 750-seat theatre, located in historic, downtown Crystal Lake, is a gathering place for our region’s citizens and has become a true destination. For additional information, visit rauecenter.org.

Pictured: Shannon McHugh Mayhall and James Knight in “Death of a Salesman”. Photo by Kayla Didier.