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Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks


July 29, 2016

Five years ago, the Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks program was created. Since then, over 80,000 Chicagoans have taken advantage of their performances. A must-see this summer is Shakespeare 400 Chicago’s free production of Twelfth Night.  This unique production will be performed in 12 different locations around Chicago on varying dates. Each site consists of a temporary stage assembled for the 75-minute play. The production’s mobility allows people from different Chicago communities to enjoy the performance in their very own parks.

This complex comedy is focused on a girl named Viola who was separated from her twin brother in a shipwreck. Disguised as a man, Viola enters Duke Orsino’s service under the name Cesario. The Duke is in love with a woman named Olivia whom refuses to entertain the fancy of any man. Therefore, the Duke uses “Cesario” as a messenger to proclaim his love to Olivia. However, Olivia falls in love with Cesario, unaware “he” is actually Viola.

Gather a picnic and some good company to enjoy the showing of Twelfth Night nearest to you. August dates and locations are listed below:

  • Wednesday, August 3, 6:30 p.m.
    • MARQUETTE PARK, 6743 S. Kedzie Ave. 12
  • Thursday, August 4, 6:30 p.m.
    • PIOTROWSKI PARK, 4247 W. 31st St. 13
  • Friday, August 5, 6:30 p.m.
    • DVORAK PARK, 1119 W. Cullerton St.
  • Saturday, August 6, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, August 7, 4:00 p.m.
    • 14 WELLES PARK 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.
  • Tuesday, August 9, 6:30 p.m.
    • 15 COLUMBUS PARK 500 S. Central Ave. 16
  • Wednesday, August 10, 6:30
    • HAMILTON PARK, 513 W. 72nd St. 17
  • Thursday, August 11, 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 12, 6:30 p.m.
    • HUMBOLDT PARK, 1301 N. Sacramento Ave. 18
  • Saturday, August 13, 6:30 p.m.
    • ECKHART PARK, 1330 W. Chicago Ave. 19
  • Sunday, August 14, 4:00 p.m.
    • PING TOM MEMORIAL PARK, 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

To find out more about this specific production, visit: http://bit.ly/267tVaG

To find out more about Chicago Shakespeare Theater, visit: www.chicagoshakes.com


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