Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks

A Midsummer Night's Dream

July 18

August 17, 2014

Touring to neighborhood parks across the city
by William Shakespeare
directed and adapted by David H. Bell


The Play

Back by citywide demand! Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks returns this summer and brings William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, FREE FOR ALL, to 18 neighborhood parks across Chicago. As in previous years, a specially equipped truck will roll into each park, a stage will unfold, and a company of professional actors will share the delight of Shakespeare with families and neighbors of all ages. In this popular Shakespearean comedy, a quartet of mismatched lovers, a gaggle of hapless actors and mischievous sprites cross paths with the king and queen of the fairies, entangled in their own domestic dispute. Audiences will be transported to a wondrous wood brimming with paramours and possibilities where the inexplicable magic of falling in love—and the marvel of waking up from the sweetest of dreams—is discovered. Director David H. Bell has adapted this Shakespeare favorite into an acrobatic and riotously entertaining version of the play. Touring to parks across the City, the free Shakespeare performances activate neighborhoods, attract families, break down barriers and build community partnerships.



Video: A City United Through Shakespeare

Gallery: Production Photos

Gallery: Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks 2014


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The Players

Creative Team

David H. Bell Director

Scott Davis Scenic Designer

Melissa Torchia Costume Designer

Ethan Deppe Composer and Sound Designer

Melissa Veal Wig and Make-up designer

Angela M. Adams Production Stage Manager

Ross Lehman Verse Coach


Bernard Balbot Bottom

Amanda Catania Helena

Justin Cornwell Starveling/Fairy

Tiffany Yvonne Cox Hermia

Wesley Truman Daniel Flute/Fairy

Max Fabian Snout/Fairy

Michael Finley Snug/Fairy

Don Forston Egeus/Quince

Ryan Hallahan Demetrius

Nathan M. Hosner Oberon/Theseus

Ryan Imhoff Lysander

Steven Lee Johnson Puck/Philostrate

Lanise Antoine Shelley Hippolyta/Titania

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