Muse of Fire Theatre Company opens its sixth season with a family-friendly production on July 5 of Shakespeare’s comedy “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” The one-hour production begins at 3 p.m. at Ingraham Park, behind the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., and will run there on weekends at 3 p.m. through July 20.
“The Two Gentlemen of Verona” will be performed by a company of professional actors directed by Andrew Biliter – artistic director of Mudlark Theater Company – who will be working with Muse of Fire for the first time.
In August, Muse of Fire invites the community to “get swept into the most famous love story in the English language,” when they present “Romeo and Juliet.” Jemma Alix Levy, Muse of Fire’s founder and artistic director, will direct performances in both Ingraham Park and the Evanston Public Library.
Outdoor performances will be at 3 p.m. on Aug. 9-10, 16-17, 30-31 and Sept. 6-7. Indoor performances, at the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 – 24 and Aug. 29-30.
Performances are free. Audience members should bring their own seating for outdoor performances. In the event of severe rain, outdoor performances will be cancelled.
Muse of Fire says it hopes the high-energy, laugh-out-loud production will offer an excellent introduction to Shakespeare for young audiences, while more experienced theatre-goers will find plenty of Shakespeare’s wisdom and poetry to enjoy along the way.
All Shakespeare on the Ridge shows will take place at Ridgeville Park, adjacent to the Ridgeville Park District Community House at 908 Seward St., this summer.
Both the Arc Theatre and Mudlark Theater will be performing Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” Arc’s performances will be at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday July 12 – Aug. 3.
Mudlark Theater will present a 70-minute version of the show, featuring a talented group of 11-15 year olds. Mudlark’s performances will be at 7 p.m. on Aug. 1 and at 5 p.m. on Aug. 2 and 3.
Show will continue through light weather interruptions and will only be suspended for safety reasons. Some chair seating will be provided, but patrons are invited to bring their own blankets and chairs. They are also welcome to bring a picnic dinner and enjoy it throughout the show.
Admission to all performances is free.