Shakespeare on the Ridge


The Arc Theatre returns to Ridgeville Park District’s annual Shakespeare on the Ridge festival for the fourth straight year to present Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s classic comedy of a mistaken identity love triangle emerging in the aftermath of a major shipwreck on the Mediterranean Sea.

Twelfth Night will be performed through Aug. 4, on Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. at Ridgeville Park, 908 Seward St in Evanston. Admission is free. The show runs about 90 minutes.

Shakespeare on the Ridge was created in 2010 through a collaboration between The Arc Theatre and Ridgeville Park District. In the last three years, Shakespeare on the Ridge has expanded from one weekend of shows on the side of a hill to a full run of four weekends in an outdoor performance space.

Shows are created specifically for the festival, custom adapted by The Arc Theatre to focus on the colorful relationships and intricate story telling inherent in Shakespeare’s great works. The Arc brings professionally trained actors from all over Chicago to create these one-of-a-kind experiences each summer.

Shakespeare on the Ridge is sponsored by the Ridgeville Cultural Development Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, and a number of local businesses including: First Bank and Trust, Campagnola, J.B. Albertos, Country Financial, See Jane Sparkle, and Walgreens.

Audiences are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy during the performance. Some seating is provided, but the audience is welcome to bring seating of their own. Performances will continue through light weather interruptions, but will be suspended for safety reasons if there is lightening or severe thunderstorms. More information on the show can be found at ridgeville.org/shakespeare.


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