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To celebrate Shakespeare’s 400-year legacy, Muse of Fire Theatre Company tackles one of his best loved comedies using Shakespearean rehearsal practices, and cracks open four of his history plays with a world premiere adaptation.

This July, Muse of Fire Theatre Company presents a wild riot of whimsy with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” under the summer sun. Audience members can bring a blanket, stretch out in the shade, and join the ensemble in a twisted tale of lamenting lovers, furious fairies, asinine actors, and a genuine jackass.

This summer Muse of Fire embraces the rehearsal practices of Shakespeare’s company as well, inviting the cast members of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to create their production as an ensemble without a director.

The production will rely on a collaborative company of seasoned actors with a knack for storytelling and a gift for making creative choices.

In August, Muse of Fire Theatre Company presents “Queen Margaret,” a world-premiere adaptation of four of Shakespeare’s history plays that follows the queen who survived them all.

Adapted by founding Artistic Director Jemma Alix Levy, “Queen Margaret” combines Shakespeare’s poetry with traditional storytelling techniques to tell the razor-sharp story of a powerful woman who elegantly cuts through the ruthless world of male political power.

 “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” runs at 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays July 2-31 in Ingraham Park, behind the Morton Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Ave.

“Queen Margaret” will be performed at 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Aug. 6-28 (except Aug. 20 and 21) in Ingraham Park, behind the Morton Civic Center, at 2100 Ridge Ave.

There will be two indoor performances, Aug. 19 and 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.

All performances are free. No tickets or reservations are required. In case of severe rain, outdoor performances will be canceled.