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ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL: CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS TOUR VISITS PEORIA

A MIDSUMMER
NIGHT’S DREAM

FREE FOR ALL | August 18 & 19, 2018


Touring to Glen Oak Park in Peoria, IL
by William Shakespeare
adapted & directed by Barbara Gaines

THE PLAY

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.

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks heads out to neighborhood parks across the north, west, and south sides of Chicago—and now downstate to Peoria—with a 75-minute abridged production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 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.

Staged by Chicago Shakespeare Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, A Midsummer Night’s Dream tells the beloved story of an evening in the park, where mischief ensues when the Fairy Court discovers four young lovers and an amateur theater troupe rehearsing nearby.

The Bicentennial Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks Tour is made possible by a civic, cultural, and corporate partnership between Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the City of Peoria, Peoria Park District, Boeing, BMO Harris Bank, and a consortium of generous benefactors led by Peoria-based RLI. Since the inception of the Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks program seven years ago, more than 130,000 audience members have taken advantage of free performances in their communities.

Lead Sponsors

Additional Support Provided By

The Paul M. Angell
Family Foundation

 

 

 

2018 Illinois Bicentennial Tour to Peoria Supported By:
Jim and Mimi Ardis, Thomas L. and Cairy S. Brown, Rich and Jill Caffarelli, CGN, Commerce Bank, Pete Coyle, Laura and Alan Cullinan, Mike Cullinan, David Vaughan Investments, LLC, Ernst & Young, LLP, Bon French, Hilltop Wealth Management of Raymond James, Mike Landwirth, John Michael, PNC Bank, PwC, Andrew Rand, RLI, RSM US LLP, Sid Ruckriegel, Jay Vonachen, Matt and Lesley Vonachen, Chuck and Laurie Weaver, Bob White

WATCH & LISTEN

 

Video: Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks spotlights local artists

 

Gallery: Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks 2018

 

Video: “I want them to leave laughing”

 
 
 
 
 

The Players

CREATIVE TEAM
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

 

CAST

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

 

 
FREE FOR ALL

   

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

2218 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL

 FREE FOR ALL
      Bring your blanket or lawn chair

  Run Time: 75 minutes
      (no intermission)

 
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