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Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
FREE FOR ALL
by William Shakespeare
directed and adapted by David H. Bell
July 18–August 17, 2014


Here at ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows we ADORE Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. They have high caliber, professional, world class productions.  And if that's not enough to get you out to a show, every summer they take it to the parks for FREE.  Yes, outside... for free. Bring a picnic and chiIL out in Chi, IL this summer with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre's fabulous fantasy, A Midsummer Night's Dream.  All ages welcome.


Here were our prior predictions on this production when it was performed in schools across the city & publicly in a sold out run at Chicago Shakespeare's Navy Pier home:


  • A new generation is realizing Shakespeare wasn't as snooty as they thought and he wrote about wacky, cross dressing, unfaithful, confused, hilarious, murderous, magical characters.

  • A zillion jr high and high school students are crushing on the charismatic cutie, Puck (Steven Lee Johnson)! It was already starting with the tweens as early as opening day-- "No... you go talk to him..." "No, YOU. Giggle giggle."
  • More than a few students are inspired to see more theatre and/or try their hand at writing plays and poetry.
  • More than a few students are inspired to check out more circus arts, thanks to the best. wall. ever. and his uber creative block juggling work. Kudos to you!


The complete performance listing for the Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, touring FREE FOR ALL to 18 neighborhood parks across Chicago is below. 


Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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. A specially equipped truck rolls into each park, a stage unfolds and a company of professional actors shares 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.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE 

Gateway Park
South Lawn, Front of Navy Pier
Friday, July 18, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 19, 6:30 p.m.
600 E. Grand Ave.

Garfield Park Conservatory
Sunday, July 20, 3:00 p.m.
300 N. Central Park Ave.

Tuley Park
Tuesday, July 22, 6:30 p.m.
501 E. 90th Pl.

Dvorak Park
Wednesday, July 23, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 24, 6:30 p.m.

1119 W. Cullerton St.

Loyola Park
At the Farwell Avenue Entrance
Friday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.

1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.

Washington Park
East of the Pool, 5531 S. Russell Dr.
Sunday, July 27, 4:00 p.m.

5531 S. Martin Luther King Jr Dr.

Riis Park
Uphill Near the Picnic Groves
Tuesday, July 29, 6:30 p.m.

6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Piotrowski Park
Wednesday, July 30, 6:30 p.m.
4247 W. 31st St.

Gage Park
Thursday, July 31, 6:30 p.m.
2411 W. 55th St.

Hamilton Park
Friday, August 1, 6:30 p.m.
513 W. 72nd St.

Frank J. Wilson Park
Saturday, August 2, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 3, 4:00 p.m.

4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Humboldt Park
Near the Boathouse
Wednesday, August 6, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 7, 6:30 p.m.

1440 N. Sacramento Ave.

Welles Park
Friday, August 8, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 9, 6:30 p.m.

2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Columbus Park
Sunday, August 10, 4:00 p.m.
500 S. Central Ave.

Marquette Park
Adjacent to Rose Garden and Tarkington School
Tuesday, August 12, 6:30 p.m.

6743 S. Kedzie Ave.

Ridge Park
Wednesday, August 13, 6:30 p.m.
1817 W. 96th St.

South Shore Cultural Center
Thursday, August 14, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, August 15, 6:30 p.m.

7059 S. South Shore Dr.

Eckhart Park
Saturday, August 16, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 17, 4:00 p.m.

1330 W. Chicago Ave.



Chicago Shakespeare Theater
800 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
Box Office: 312.595.5600 • chicagoshakes.com



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