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“compelling — world-weary and idealistic in equal measure”

-Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune

To Kill a Mockingbird (2015)

“…superlative… life-affirming performances. They hold nothing back in this gripping two-hour play where raw emotions are exposed like an open wound.”

-Tom Witom, Pioneer Press

Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (2012)

“Tremendous acting and staging. Breathtaking transformations, a tall tale of fiction that will entertain and delight.”

– Ed Vincent, Oak Park Journal

Amadeus (2013)

“terrific and just short of brilliant”

-Chicago Critic

Hamlet (2014)

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.


2016 Internships

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2016 Internship opportunities at OPFT are designed to provide an educational, inspirational & career-broadening experience for post high school & undergraduate college students in a variety of aspects of theater arts. The scope of the duties and projects are diverse in nature, but every effort is made to provide an intern experience based on the educational desires of individual Intern Program participants. Intern candidate to the program should be highly driven, enthusiastic and resourceful. WHY INTERN?  OPFT Interns work with Chicago area theater professionals. Your intern experience should allow you to connect your art and college experiences to work being done by theater professionals in a creative and supportive atmosphere.                                                                             . Broaden your understanding of professional theater in the Chicago area. Interning with OPFT allows you to begin to build a professional theater network.  These connections may lead to future jobs in the industry and invaluable professional contacts within the theater community. Intern Tracks & Required Duties: Acting and Tech Internships (Summer Season) All interns are required to assist with tech duties: Assist with set build & strike on both summer shows. Required to assist with crew duties when not on stage. Assist with stage prep & strike before and after all performances Acting interns will have the opportunity to audition for the directors of the summer season. Acting interns may have the opportunity to understudy roles... read more

Two days left!

As 2015 draws to a close, we want to thank all of our supporters, friends, and family for helping us achieve another successful season. There are two days left to make a tax deductible contribution this year. Go to our to donate. From all of us at Oak Park Festival Theatre wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New... read more

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

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