Touring to neighborhood parks across the city
by William Shakespeare
adapted & directed by Barbara Gaines
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.
Additional Support Provided By
The Paul M. Angell
WATCH & LISTEN
Video: Shakespeare for all in Chicago
Gallery: Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks 2017
Video: Working side by side with neighborhood teens
Gallery: The impact of Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks
Video: Alderman Sawyer on Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks
CREATIVE TEAM Barbara Gaines Adapter/Director Kevin Depinet Scenic Designer Jeff Glass Lighting Supervisor Rick Jarvie Wig & Make-up Designer
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