Building on the success of last summer’s inaugural Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks, the expanded 2013 program will bring William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, FREE FOR ALL, to neighborhood parks across Chicago. A specially equipped truck will roll into each park, a stage will unfold, and a company of professional actors will share the delight of Shakespeare with families and neighbors of all ages. Audiences will experience the wildly entertaining tale of a man and his servant landing in a foreign land, searching for their long-lost twin brothers. Everywhere they go, strangers insist that they’re old friends. Mistaken identities abound, but in the end, chaos gives way to clarity in this comedy filled with mayhem and madness. This popular Shakespeare comedy is adapted and staged by veteran Chicago Shakespeare director David H. Bell. Touring to neighborhoods across the City, the free Shakespeare performances activate neighborhood parks, attracting families, breaking down barriers to arts participation and encouraging young family members to participate in Chicago’s Summer of Learning program. Read full press release.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel
“Chicago Shakespeare Theater brings Shakespeare to life at Chicago’s Navy Pier, in our neighborhoods and in our schools. The return of the Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks program will make Chicago’s neighborhood parks come alive with the thrill and magic of live theater. This is a fitting way to honor Shakespeare, and I thank Chicago Shakespeare Theater.”
Lianne Stein, Vice President of Global Corporate Citizenship for The Boeing Company
“The arts are essential to building strong communities. This initiative brings innovative arts programming to Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods and supports local artists and arts organizations.”
Michael P. Kelly, Chicago Park District General Superintendent & CEO
“Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks furthers the Summer of Learning initiative as it will expose youth in our parks to one of the world’s greatest writers. The program also reinforces our commitment to working with our partners to provide citywide cultural programming in our community parks.”
Steve Quasny Managing Director | Community Development
BMO Harris Bank "Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks is a wonderful new tradition for our community. BMO Harris Bank is proud to serve as the production sponsor for The Comedy of Errors and invites all of Chicago to grab your picnic blankets and join us in the parks this summer!"
Barbara Gaines, Artistic Director of Chicago Shakespeare Theater
“We’re privileged to build on the inaugural success of Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks and announce the expanded tour for this year’s production of The Comedy of Errors. We thank Mayor Emanuel for his support of the arts throughout our City and we are absolutely thrilled to be touring one of Shakespeare’s funniest plays that I know will tickle audiences of all ages and motivate students to earn a ‘Bard Badge.’”
Gateway Park Friday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 27, 6:30 p.m.
600 E. Grand Ave. South Lawn, front of Navy Pier
Eckhart Park Sunday, July 28, 4:00 p.m.
1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Tuley Park Tuesday, July 30, 6:30 p.m.
501 E. 90th Pl.
Dvorak Park Wednesday, July 31, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 1, 6:30 p.m.
1119 W. Cullerton St,
Loyola Park Friday, August 2, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 3, 6:30 p.m.
1230 W. Greenleaf