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CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE
IN THE PARKS

A MIDSUMMER
NIGHT’S DREAM

FREE FOR ALL
July 25 – August 26, 2018

Touring to neighborhood parks across the city
by William Shakespeare
adapted & directed by Barbara Gaines

THE PLAY

Join us for one of our city’s favorite summer traditions! Now in its seventh year, the FREE FOR ALL Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour heads out to neighborhood parks across the north, west, and south sides of the city with a 75-minute abridged production. At each location, a specially equipped truck rolls into the park, a stage unfolds, and a company of professional actors shares Shakespeare’s magical comedy with families and neighbors of all ages.

The citywide tour is made possible by a renewed civic, cultural and corporate partnership between Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District, Boeing, and BMO Harris Bank. Since the inception of the Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks program six years ago, more than 130,000 Chicagoans have taken advantage of free performances in their communities.

For the first time since the establishment of the Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour in 2012, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines is adapting and staging this production for audiences across Chicago. Gaines brings a vision of merriment to the enchanting story of four young lovers who set out for the forest, in which an amateur theater troupe is rehearsing. When the Fairy Court discovers these mortals in their midst, mischief ensues until dawn.

Lead Sponsors

 

Additional Support Provided By

The Paul M. Angell
Family Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

WATCH & LISTEN

 

Video: Shakespeare for all in Chicago

 

Gallery: Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks 2017

 

Video: Working side by side with neighborhood teens

 
 
 
 

 

The Players

CREATIVE TEAM
Barbara Gaines   Adapter/Director
Kevin Depinet   Scenic Designer
Jeff Glass   Lighting Supervisor
Rick Jarvie   Wig & Make-up Designer

 

CAST

Jasmine Bracey   Titania/Hippolyta
Adam Wesley Brown   Bottom
Richard Costes   Snout
Danielle Davis   Starveling
Lane Anthony Flores   Flute/Fairy
Kevin Gudahl   Oberon/Theseus
Jarrett King   Egeus/Quince
Tyrone Phillips   Demetrius
Cage Sebastian Pierre   Puck
Laura Rook   Helena
Faith Servant   Hermia
Christopher Sheard   Lysander
Hannah Star   Snug/Fairy

 

 
FREE FOR ALL

   

 FREE FOR ALL
      Bring your blanket or lawn chair

  Run Time: 75 minutes
      (no intermission)

 Access Performances

 

UPCOMING
PERFORMANCES
 

Navy Pier | Polk Bros Park
Wed, July 25 at 7:00 pm
Thu, July 26 at 7:00 pm
Fri, July 27 at 7:00 pm​
Sat, July 28 at 7:00 pm

600 E. Grand Ave.

Ellis Park
Tue, July 31 at 6:30 pm
3520 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

Gage Park
Wed, August 1 at 6:30 pm
2411 W. 55th St.

Kelvyn Park
Thu, August 2 at 6:30 pm
4438 W. Wrightwood Ave.

Eckhart Park
Fri, August 3 at 6:30 pm
1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Welles Park
Sat, August 4 at 6:30 pm
Sun, August 5 at 4:00 pm

2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Columbus Park
Tue, August 7 at 6:30 pm
500 S. Central Ave.

Tuley Park
Wed, August 8 at 6:30 pm
501 E. 90th Pl.

Humboldt Park
Thu, August 9 at 6:30 pm
Fri, August 10 at 6:30 pm

Near The Boathouse
1301 N. Sacramento Ave.

Frank J. Wilson Park
Sat, August 11 at 6:30 pm
Sun, August 12 at 4:00 pm

4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Ridge Park
Tue, August 14 at 6:30 pm
1817 W. 96th St.

Garfield Park
Wed, August 15 at 6:30 pm
At Jackson and Central
100 N. Central Park Ave.

Dvorak Park
Thu, August 16 at 6:30 pm
1119 W. Cullerton St.

Calumet Park
Tue, August 21 at 6:30 pm
9801 S. Ave. G

Ogden Park
Wed, August 22 at 6:30 pm
6500 S. Racine Ave.

Piotrowski Park
Thu, August 23 at 6:30 pm
4247 W. 31st St.

Loyola Park
Fri, August 24 at 6:30 pm
Sat, August 25 at 6:30 pm

At Farwell Ave. Entrance
1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.

Ping Tom Memorial Park
Sun, August 26 at 4:00 pm
1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

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