RESILIENCE • REINVENTION • WONDER
The Midwest’s Oldest Professional Outdoor Theatre
JUNE 18th – JULY 16th, 2016
Directed by Jason Gerace
Are our destinies to be defined by the way we are perceived, by middle class morality, or by our own sparks of divine fire? In honor of George Bernard Shaw’s 160th birthday, we present to you his immortal tale Pygmalion: a story of a phonetics professor who tutors a lower-class girl to speak proper English in order to pass for a “lady.” Shaw called Pygmalion a “romance.” Critics have called it “genius.” We call it the delicious, dialectic, diabolically smart first production of our 42nd season.
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
JULY 23rd – AUGUST 27th, 2016
Directed by Adrianne Cury
‘Tis true there is taming, but of whom, and by whom? Two impossible outsiders wrestle their way into a hitherto un-hoped for love match and the happiest (if oddest) ever-afters in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, a problematic comedy that has confounded artists, critics, and audiences for centuries. As our participation in the year long celebration of Shakespeare 400, we bring you his most famous and furious battle of the sexes. Whether you think men are from Mars or Verona, and women from Venus or Padua, this breezy, bawdy, bittersweet, wondrous wooing will set your brains and hearts reeling. There’s a mighty sting in this tale.
THE VIOLA PROJECT AND OPFT PARTNERSHIP
Oak Park Festival Theatre is thrilled to be partnering with The Viola Project again this summer in the efforts to bring two truly amazing weeks of programing and education to the Oak Park community.
1st CAMP: “Where there’s a Will…”
June 27th – July 1st, 2016
2nd Camp: “Best Beware My Sting”
July 25th – 29th, 2016
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Oak Park IL 60301
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Oak Park, IL 60303
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MAJOR DONORS AND SPONSORS
Oak Park Area Arts Council • Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest • Village of Oak Park • Park District of Oak Park • Austin Trust • Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation • Richard H. Driehaus Foundation • Illinois Arts Council • Chicago Saints • Lois Ebinger Charitable Fund