What does Oscar-nominated actor and former Evanston Township High School student
He plans on taking the stage in "Simpatico" at the 80-seat A Red Orchid Theatre in the Old Town neighborhood.
The production is scheduled to begin June 13 and run through July 28, but the dates could change due to Shannon's "Man of Steel" press obligations. Shannon, who plays the villainous General Zod in the Superman reboot and can be seen on HBO's
"It's very much important to point out that I don't come back because of a sense of duty or obligation," said Shannon Nov. 12 at Red Orchid's 20th anniversary party at The Underground. "I come back because there's a high being on stage that doesn't come from any of the other work I do. … I really never felt as an artist more potential than I have in that theater. There's an unlimited potential for imagination, for storytelling and for variety."
Shannon has appeared in films such as "8 Mile," "Pearl Harbor," and "
"One of the wildest things for me about doing 'Man of Steel' was shooting at Union Station," Shannon said. "I've been to Union Station a lot, mostly when I'm taking the train somewhere. We were in the same room where they shot that amazing sequence in
Because of the secrecy surrounding "Man of Steel," some of the film's stars were asked to cover up their costumes when walking to and from the set so that no photos would leak online. Shannon said the extra measures were successful — for the most part.
"They had us wear these big plastic parkas to cover up our uniforms," Shannon said. "It's interesting because I've run into people who have pictures they want me to sign from 'Man of Steel.' And they have images that look nothing like what I'm going to look like in the movie. I don't even know where they came from. I guess we were pretty successful, but I did see one picture of me wearing the costume leak on the Internet."
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