Beyond the Stage: On nothing

Photo collage of a bookshelf, illustration of a theatre, and a statue

This article explores the theme of “nothingness” across the two Shakespeare plays in ISF’s 2022 season: “Much Ado about Nothing” and “King Lear.”

Performers happy to be back onstage at Illinois Shakespeare Festival

Three actors perform in front of live audience.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival, a staple in Bloomington-Normal and significant partner to Illinois State University, had to cancel its 2020 season. The festival is back with shows—Measure for Measure, The Winter’s Tale, and the Theatre for Young Audience’s production of A Summer’s Winter Tale—that started the first week of July and run through August 7.