Illinois Shakespeare Festival to celebrate 40th anniversary
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
What better way is there to celebrate ISF’s 40th anniversary than with a magical, musical, and imaginative interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream? The family friendly production of Shakespeare’s world-famous comedy follows four young lovers into an enchanted forest for an unforgettable journey of trickery, laughter, and love. Featured in this production is a musical Puck, whose original score is sure to cast a spell on you!
Performed in the outdoor theater at the Ewing Cultural Center on June 28, 30; July 6, 8, 12, 14, 16, 20, 22, 23, 26, 28, and 30; and August 3, 5, 6, 9, and 11.
Cymbeline by William Shakespeare, adapted by Chris Coleman
Cymbeline is one of Shakespeare’s most fantastical plays, making it a perfect fit for a magical 40th! A brilliant princess, an evil queen, a misguided king, and a thoroughly rotten clown are just some of the characters in this fairy tale romance, made even more whimsical and theatrical by Coleman’s six-person adaptation, in which five actors and a musician play all the parts!
Performed in the outdoor theater at the Ewing Cultural Center on June 29; July 1, 5, 7, 13, 15, 19, 21, 27, and 29; and August 2, 4, 10, and 12.
I Heart Juliet by the Q Brothers Collective (GQ, JQ, Jax, Pos)
The Q Brothers dazzled audiences in 2015 with Q Gents, their hilarious hip-hop adaption of Two Gentlemen of Verona. Their latest world premiere, I Heart Juliet, will be included in the 40th anniversary season. This time with 10 actors, the Q Brothers Collective is at it again, bringing their incredible energy, humor, and hip-hop verse to Shakespeare’s timeless masterpiece Romeo & Juliet!
Performed in Illinois State’s indoor Westhoff Theatre on July 8, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, and 30, and August 1, 6, and 8.