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Muse of Fire Theatre Company’s June fundraiser will be a unique blend of drama and cuisine: a gourmet dinner and reading of “Romeo and Juliet,” where the roles are auctioned off to the general public to support Muse of Fire’s free summer Shakespeare performances in Evanston and the North Shore. No acting experience is required. 

The event will be catered by Chef Sarah Stegner of Prairie Grass Café in Northbrook. Co-hosts are beloved local children’s librarian Martha Meyer and Muse of Fire board member Julie Fenton.

The fundraiser also includes a discussion with Muse of Fire’s Artistic Director Jemma Alix Levy, who will direct the play this summer.  “With our productions, we always try to bring our audiences into the world of the play,” says Ms. Levy.  “This event allows us to take it one step further.  he public can participate directly in the first read-through of the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ script we are using for our summer production.” 

An online auction, run on eBay through PayPal’s Giving Fund, opens April 21 and will remain open for ten days.  Ten roles are available for bidding, as well as ten additional non-reading seats. “The Star-Crossed Lovers Dinner and Reading” will be held on June 20 in a private residence in Evanston.  Winning bidders will be given the location for the event.  Bidders must be 21 or older.