Patrons can put on their red shoes and dance the blues at Geneva’s Island Park Saturday, July 6 when Stone Soup Shakespeare performs a David Bowie-influenced performance of “Twelfth Night.” This free performance starts at 6 p.m.
The ensemble will engage the crowd with song, dance, Shakespeare and may even invite an audience member or two to play along. Geneva’s Shakespeare In The Park performance is appropriate for all ages.
Shakespeare’s classic tale of twins shipwrecked on the shores of Illyria, both imagining the other drowned, will be set in a world inspired by the fame and fantastical spectacle Bowie’s music created. The show features glam costumes and original lyrics and instruments inspired by the legendary singer.
Now in its 13th year, Shakespeare in the Park is presented by the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission. Admission is free ($5 suggested donation) and seating begins at 5 p.m. The audience is encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic dinners to enjoy the Ravinia-style theater experience along the Fox River. Stockholm's will sell sandwiches, chips and drinks while Graham's Chocolates will be serving up ice cream.
The Geneva Public Library District will offer a preshow Shakespeare-inspired craft activity for elementary school-aged children at 5 p.m. at the park.
Island Park is located at the corner of State Street (Route 38) and Route 25 in Geneva. Free parking is available at the:
• Southeast corner of Route 25 and State Street;
• Metra commuter lot on Route 31 just south of the railroad bridge; and
• Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave., which is just a short walk across the covered bridge to the park.
Founded in 2010, Stone Soup Shakespeare presents theater events in both the United States and the United Kingdom. The troupe has featured professional actors from England, Scotland, New York, Chicago and the southern Illinois region who have appeared off-Broadway, regionally and on national and international tours.
For more information, visit the City's website, “like” Geneva Shakespeare in the Park on Facebook or call 630-938-4530.