July 25 – August 26, 2018

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 seven 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, where an amateur theater troupe is rehearsing. When the Fairy Court discovers these mortals in their midst, mischief ensues until dawn.

On the occasion of the Illinois Bicentennial, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks will expand its summer tour with FREE SHAKESPEARE at Glen Oak Park in Peoria, Illinois. Duplicating its successful community engagement efforts piloted in Chicago over the first seven seasons of the program, the Theater makes its first foray beyond city limits to work in partnership with Peoria residents and community organizations, reaching new audiences from neighborhoods across the down-state region.

Lead Sponsors


Additional Support Provided By

The Paul M. Angell
Family Foundation








Video: Shakespeare for all in Chicago


Gallery: Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks 2017


Video: Working side by side with neighborhood teens



The Players

Barbara Gaines   Adapter/Director
Kevin Depinet   Scenic Designer
Mieka Van Der Ploeg   Costume Designer
Mikhail Fiskel   Sound Designer
Richard Jarvie   Wig & Make-up Designer
Matt Deitchman   Music Director
Harrison McEldowney   Movement
David Woolley   Fight Choreographer
Larry Yando   Verse Coach
Laura Durham   Casting
Magdalene Spanuello   Assistant Director



Jasmine Bracey   Titania/Hippolyta
Adam Wesley Brown   Bottom, through August 19
Richard Costes   Snout
Danielle Davis   Starveling/Fairy
Lane Anthony Flores   Flute/Fairy
Sean Fortunato   Bottom, beginning August 21
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 Starr   Snug/Fairy
Daniel C. Brown   Understudy
Andrea Cañizares-Fernandez   Understudy
Drew Johnson   Understudy
Jeri Marshall   Understudy
Carlos Olmedo   Understudy
Rejinal Simon   Understudy




      Bring your blanket or lawn chair

  Run Time: 75 minutes
      (no intermission)

 Access 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.

Peoria, IL | Glen Oak Park
Sat, August 18 at 7:00 pm
Sun, August 19 at 2:00 pm

2218 North Prospect Road
Peoria, IL

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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