Shakespeare in the Park

A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare 21

Join us at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 17, for a free performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Island Park. Elgin-based Goodly Creatures Theatre will perform this light-hearted comedy, a classic tale of runaway lovers, a play-within-a-play and fairy feuds! This lively and engaging performance of The Bard’s beloved play is suitable for audiences of all ages. 

Seating begins at 4 p.m. for this outdoor performance. The audience is encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and picnics. 

The play features actors from across the Chicago area. Goodly Creatures is a traveling theater company founded by Katrina Syrris, an alumna of the Midsummer Theater Troupe that previously performed at Geneva’s Shakespeare in the Park. Syrris, who is also an artistic director, specializes in breathing new life into classic works of literature and making them accessible to all. 

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The closest public parking lots to Island Park are near the intersection of RT 38 and RT 25 (Bennett St) and at the Metra Commuter Lot South of the railroad tracks on RT 31 (1st St). Please check the City Parking Map. The parking lots are outside of Island Park, so be sure to arrive early. 

Please wear a mask at the performance, if you are not fully vaccinated. Do not attend if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, under evaluation for COVID-19, diagnosed with COVID-19 or test positive for SARS-CoV-2, or are exposed and not yet released from quarantine. The Illinois Department of Public Health guidance for outdoor events will be followed. 

The performance will be rescheduled if there is inclement weather. For more information, call 630-938-4530 or email the City’s Cultural Arts Commission.

Shakespeare Workshop and Preview at Geneva Public Library

In conjunction with the Geneva Public Library, the Cultural Arts Commission invites you to celebrate all things Shakespeare at the Library’s Grand Celebration. 

Living the (Midsummer Night’s) Dream: Language and Context of Shakespeare’s Comedy
Wed., July 14, 7:30 p.m. 

Join theatre professionals Christine and Kevin Heckman for an exploration of one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies, "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Participants will take part in a reading of scenes from the play, discuss Shakespeare's language and the context that surrounded its writing. This is a great way to prepare for Shakespeare in the Park.


Sneak Preview of Shakespeare in the Park
Fri., July 16, 7 p.m. 

Get an up-close look at the theater troupe Goodly Creatures, who will share some scenes from their upcoming show, "A Midsummer Night's Dream." There will be a series of performances throughout the Library, selfies with Nick Bottom in the Library's Literary Garden, and a Q&A with the actors. Weave between the bookshelves to discover Shakespeare's characters as they search for love under the spell of fairy magic! Watch out for the mischievous fairy, Puck! He may just pick you next! 


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