Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks

Twelfth Night

July 14

August 14, 2016

Touring to neighborhood parks across the city
by William Shakespeare
directed and adapted by Kirsten Kelly

Green Shows

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” 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 five years ago, more than 700 local Green Show artists have been featured on the Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks stage and each year new and returning arts partners join the lineup. Previous Green Shows included students from the Chicago High School for the Arts, Sankofa’s African Dance Youth Ensemble, The Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago, Chi-Nations Youth Group and many more. This year we are proud to feature more neighborhood artists than ever before.

2016 Green show Performers

Four Star Brass Band
Navy Pier
Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, July 15, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.​ ​

Our Neighborhood's Got Talent
Steelworkers Park
Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

Beverly Arts Center
Ridge Park
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Munroe Theater Guild
Ridge Park
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Stick and Move Youth Crew presents Rejuvenation 2
Tuley Park
Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

BoHo Theater
Loyola Park
Friday, July 22, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Kaleyah Wesley
Loyola Park
Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.  

Chicago West Community Music Center presents Jazzology
Garfield Park Conservatory
Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

Ballet Folklorico
Gage Park
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. 

Porchlight Music Theatre
Kelvyn Park
Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Professional Theatre and Dance Youth Academy
Washington Park
Friday, July 29, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. 

Sloboda Folk Group
Frank J. Wilson Park
Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Shki Bmaadzi Youth Drum
Frank J. Wilson Park
Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

Intonation Music Workshop
Marquette Park
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
Piotrowski Park
Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

The Benito Juarez Community Academy Concert Band and the Sodium Chlorides
Dvorak Park
Friday, August 5, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
1119 W. Cullerton Ave.

Welles Park
Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Idy Ciss and Kolaam from the Old Town School of Folk Music
Welles Park
Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. 

Austin Town Hall Drama Group
Columbus Park
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Iona Calhoun School of Ballet
Hamilton Park
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Chi Arts presents Isis Graham
Humboldt Park
Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

ChiArts Dance Group
Humboldt Park
Friday, August 12, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. 

Soham Dance Space
Eckhart Park
Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Chicago Hua Xing Art Troupe
Ping Tom Memorial Park
Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.  

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