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In its third summer season, Muse of Fire Theatre Company will once again bring free Shakespeare-in-the-park to the Northern suburbs of Chicago.  The company has been playing each August to enthralled outdoor audiences in Evanston, captivating kids and parents new to the bard and old Shakespeare hands alike.

This summer, Muse of Fire will present As You Like It, a fanciful romp full of cross-dressing lovers, feuding brothers, wrestling, jokes and songs. Plus, this year the company will introduce an outreach program that will bring fun and Shakespeare to the City of Evanston’s summer camp at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center.

Muse of Fire’s outdoor setting, low-tech approach and extraordinary acting have made Shakespeare’s plays accessible to all. The company’s aim is to provide audiences with a thrilling and unintimidating experience a lot like Shakespeare’s original performances – and nothing like your average high-school English class.

As You Like It will play in Ingraham Park, behind the Morton Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Ave., in Evanston at 3:00 pm every Saturday and Sunday from August 6 through 27. 

Muse of Fire’s free Shakespeare-in-the-park has been sponsored each summer by the City of Evanston and by donors from the community. This year we are thrilled to be partially funded by a grant from The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.