Touring to neighborhood parks across the city
by William Shakespeare
adapted & directed by David H. Bell
Every Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks performance begins with a Green Show featuring local artists, reflective of their neighborhood’s dynamic spirit. The custom is inspired by the Green Shows of Shakespeare’s day, which were the equivalent of an opening act at a concert. They were called "green shows" because, just like at Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks, they took place "on the green" outside the theater before the main play started.
Since the program's inception eight years ago, more than 700 local Green Show artists have been featured on the Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks stage. Each year, new and returning partners join the lineup. This year, we are especially proud to feature these local artists, to help achieve The Year of Chicago Theatre’s goal of activating the arts in all 77 of Chicago’s neighborhoods.