Celebrating 40 years of bringing riveting theater to the heart of Oak Park!

Now in its 41st season, Oak Park Festival Theatre is the Midwest’s oldest professional outdoor classical theatre. Oak Park Festival Theatre is a professional theater company working under contract with Actors’ Equity Association, producing summer productions of Shakespeare and other theatrical masterpieces that are staged under the stars in lovely Austin Gardens in the heart of down town Oak Park.


Midwinter’s Tales: Sweet Home December

December 5, 2015 No matter which winter festivals we keep, December calls each us of home to celebrate. We all open our homes and hearts, sharing our  bounty and our traditions that mark the fading year and welcome the one ahead. This year’s Midwinter’s Tales is called Sweet Home December and features the work of such authors as: Kenneth Graham, Anne Lamott, Claude McKay, John O’Donahue, John Steinbeck, James Thurber, and Derek Walcott. Please come in and share the warmth, wit, and wisdom of celebrated authors and composers as they keep their several December feasts.  PURCHASE TICKETS The Details: Grace Episcopal Church 924 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301 6:30 P.M. -Doors Open With Live Music 7 p.m. -Program  Holiday Reception Immediately Following Program Tickets:  Purchased in Advance: $30 General Admission,  $25 Seniors, $10 Students, Under 13 FREE  ADD $5 when tickets purchased AT THE... read more

Poe’s Tales of Terror: Radio Play

Poe’s Tales of Terror: Radio Play A Telling of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart & The Cask of Amatillado Directed by Jack Hickey* and Adapted by Belinda Bremner PURCHASE TICKETS Friday, October 23 Pre-“Broadcast” Reception At 6:30 PM “Broadcast” At 7:30 PM Sunday, October 25 Pre-“Broadcast” Reception At 2:30 PM “Broadcast” At 3:30 PM     “Poe’s Tales of Terror” the telling of two of Poe’s macabre masterpieces, “The Tell Tale Heart” & “The Cask of Amatillado.” Radio Players: Mary Michell*, Bob Behr*, Tony Dobrowolski*, Jack Hickey*, and Kevin Theis*. Maestro Alan Hummerding will be at the organ, Paul & Linus Engelhardt will again provide live sound effects and Charlie Meyerson returns as our announcer. *Member of Actor’s Equity Association PURCHASE TICKETS General Admission – $30 Seniors – $25 18 & Under –... read more

OPRF Chamber of Commerce celebrates their volunteers by attending a performance of TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA!

OPRF Chamber hosts Volunteer Recognition event The Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce acknowledged their volunteers by hosting a Chamber Night Out at Oak Park Festival Theatre on Thursday, August 6, 2015. Special guests were honored with a Chamber pin, reserved only for Board Members and recognized volunteers. Marion Street Market provided appetizers for the Cocktail Hour at 19th Century Club and had their Catering and Event staff there to talk with guests. Pineapple Dance Studio donated cool water bottles for the guests, Twomaytoz (Cucina Paradiso) catered a picnic meal that guests ate in Austin Gardens while watching Shakespeare’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona.” During intermission, Chamber members and volunteers had Oak Park Blend Tea, Green Tea Cookies and Ginger Lemon Scones that were donated by Serenitea. Visit for more information on the OPRF... read more

THE VIOLA PROJECT in OP on stage tonight!

6:30pm before the OPFT production of Two Gentlemen of Verona Working in conjunction with OPFT, this summer the Viola Project expanded its programing to the Oak Park Community! Now, for the first time, VP has held TWO simultaneous week long summer camps, one in Chicago and the other in Oak Park. Working with a common curriculum concentrating on Two Gentlemen of Verona, the two camps explored the text and the issues it brings up. They have had an exciting week with guest speakers from IMPACT CHICAGO, where they learned to speak up for themselves, a First Folio workshop hosted by OPFT Artistic Associate Belinda Bremner, and a hand to hand Stage Combat workshop taught by Chloe Baldwin from R&D Choreography! Today both camps have come together and are spending the day on the OPFT stage of Two Gentlemen of Verona, sharing their experiences from the week, getting to know one another, and preparing their scenes for a final performance on stage tonight at 6:30pm before the OPFT Two Gentlemen of Verona production. The Viola Project is a ten year old Chicago company that uses the works of William Shakespeare to unite and empower girls so they may grow up to be whoever they want to be. The Viola Project provides a space for girls aged 10-16 to come together and explore classic texts while engaging in a vibrant discussion of contemporary issues facing girls and... read more

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