Taking a leaf from the early days of Joseph Papp in New York and endeavoring to increase its own accessibility, Chicago Shakespeare Theater says it plans to tour its "Short Shakespeare" production of an abbreviated version of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" to a variety of Chicago parks this summer. The shows, performed by a company of regular Chicago Shakespeare actors and supported by a group of funders led by the Boeing Company, will be free for all.
Rachel Rockwell's production (seen indoors earlier this year) now will travel on a specially modified truck, which will pull up to various verdent spots in Chicago and from there a mobile stage will unfold. Audiences will watch the show, which lasts about 75 minutes and will be staged in daylight, mostly from the ground.
Stops on the tour, which runs from July 29 through Aug. 19, are the South Shore Cultural Center (July 29 at 8 p.m.), Tuley Park (July 30 at 3:30 p.m.) , Dvorak Park (July 31 at 4 p.m.), Austin Town Hall Park (Aug. 1 at 3:30 p.m.), Humboldt Park (Aug. 3 at 6:30 p.m. and Aug. 4 at 4 p.m.) , Douglas Park (Aug. 5 at 4 p.m.), Welles Park (Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. and Aug. 11 at 4 p.m.), Garfield Park Conservatory (Aug. 12 at 3 p.m.), Ridge Park (Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m.) and Frank J. Wilson Park (Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. and Aug 18-19 at 4 p.m.).
The show also will be performed at the Gateway Park at Navy Pier on Aug. 6-8 at 6:30 p.m.
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