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.

Beyond the Stage Interview: An Act of Faith

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Festival Dramaturg Kee-Yoon Nahm spoke with director Rebekah Scallet about the upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.

Beyond the Stage: The Bear Necessities

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

The Winter’s Tale contains many memorable elements that make it unique among Shakespeare’s plays: an oracle that proves a character’s innocence, a sheepshearing festival, and, of course, Hermione’s statue that comes to life. It also has wonderful monologues that actors often use in auditions. But the most famous line in the play is perhaps a little stage direction in the third act.