Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park Debuts "The Tempest" at Island ParkShakespeare poster 2022

Join us at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 30, for a free performance of "The Tempest" at Island Park. Elgin-based Goodly Creatures Theatre will perform a lively and engaging performance 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. Food vendor Graham’s and Stockholm’s will sell ice cream, sandwiches, soft drinks and water.

"The Tempest," Shakespeare’s famous tragicomedy is new to the Island Park stage. It is set on an island near Italy where Prospero, the former Duke of Milan, and his daughter, Miranda, live with Ariel, a sprite, and Caliban, Prospero’s servant. A powerful magician, Prospero creates a fierce storm, or tempest, that opens the play and forces a royal party to wash up on the island. As the story unfolds, there is a plot to murder the King of Naples, a drunken scheme to kill Prospero and a romance between Miranda and the King’s son, Ferdinand.

A banished duke, sorcery, treachery, comic foils and young love combine with magic and island spirits for a thrilling tale. 

The play features actors from across the Chicago area. Goodly Creatures is a traveling theater company that specializes in breathing new life into classic works of literature and making them accessible to all. 

The closest public parking lots to Island Park are near the intersection of State Street (Route 38) and Bennett Street (Route 25). The Metra Commuter Lot South of the railroad tracks on First Street (Route 31) will be closed for construction, however parking will be available at the Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave. From the county parking lot, follow the bike trail to the Island Park bridge. Please check the City Parking Map for other parking options. All parking lots are outside of Island Park, so be sure to arrive early. 

The performance will be rescheduled to Aug. 6 if there is inclement weather. For more information, call 630-938-4530 or email the City’s Cultural Arts Commission. 

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