Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks

Shakespeare's Greatest Hits

July 17

August 16, 2015

Touring to neighborhood parks across the city
by William Shakespeare
directed and adapted by Dominic Missimi


The Play

Chicago’s favorite summer tradition, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks brings Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, free for all, to audiences in 18 Chicago neighborhood parks throughout the city. Shakespeare’s memorable characters come to life in a unique and surprising mash-up of scenes from his most celebrated plays—from Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth to The Taming of the Shrew and As You Like It.

In its fourth year, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks inaugurates cultural programming in a newly created Chicago Park District park—Steelworkers Park, a former industrial site now reclaimed as public green space in the Calumet region. The transformation of this 10th Ward site has been hail by environmentalist, community groups and urban planners alike.

“Bringing Shakespeare to neighborhood parks highlights arts and culture in communities across the city,” said Chicago Park District Superintendent and CEO Mike Kelly. “Shakespeare has survived the test of time, managing to remain relevant and meaningful to a variety of audiences. Having such an amazing caliber of talent in our parks is what Night Out in the Parks is all about.”

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, nearly 50,000 Chicagoans have taken advantage of free performances in their communities.




Video: Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks 2015 Montage

Gallery: Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks 2015

Video: Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks feature from “Our City, Our Shakespeare.”


More to Explore

Where and When 2015

See where Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks took place in the city in 2015
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Access Shakespeare

Chicago Shakespeare strives to make its performances accessible to all patrons. Our staff is ready to help in any way possible.
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The Stories

Read a short summary of this year's Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tales featured in this unique mashup.
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The Players

Creative Team

Dominic Missimi Director / Adapter

Scott Davis Scenic Designer

Robert S. Kuhn Costume Designer

Lindsay Jones Sound Designer

Melissa Veal Wig and Make-up Designer

Ryan Borque Fight Choreographer


Jasmine Bracey Ensemble

Lillian Castillo Ensemble

Patrick Clear Ensemble

Ronald Conner Ensemble

Kyle Curry Ensemble

Angela Ingersoll Ensemble

Emma Ladji Ensemble

Colin Morgan Ensemble

Steve O'Connell Ensemble

Sean Parris Ensemble

Bri Sudia Ensemble

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