Chicago Shakespeare
in the Parks

A Midsummer Night’s Dream


July 25

August 26, 2018

Touring to neighborhood parks across the city
by William Shakespeare
adapted & directed by Barbara Gaines


The Play

Join us for one of our city’s favorite summer traditions! Now in its seventh year, the FREE FOR ALL Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour heads out to neighborhood parks across the north, west, and south sides of the city with a 75-minute abridged production. 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.

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 six years ago, more than 130,000 Chicagoans have taken advantage of free performances in their communities.

For the first time since the establishment of the Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour in 2012, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines is adapting and staging this production for audiences across Chicago. Gaines brings a vision of merriment to the enchanting story of four young lovers who set out for the forest, in which an amateur theater troupe is rehearsing. When the Fairy Court discovers these mortals in their midst, mischief ensues until dawn.

Lead Sponsors


Additional Support Provided By

The Paul M. Angell
Family Foundation







Video: Shakespeare for all in Chicago

Gallery: Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks 2017

Video: Working side by side with neighborhood teens


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Where and When

This free 75-minute abridged production of A Midsummer Night's Dream is coming to neighborhood parks across the north, west, and south sides of the city.
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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 Players

Creative Team

Barbara Gaines Adapter/Director

Kevin Depinet Scenic Designer

Jeff Glass Lighting Supervisor

Rick Jarvie Wig & Make-up Designer


Jasmine Bracey Titania/Hippolyta

Adam Wesley Brown Bottom

Richard Costes Snout

Danielle Davis Starveling

Lane Anthony Flores Flute/Fairy

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 Star Snug/Fairy

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