Shakespeare aficionados and neophytes can relax among the lush vegetation and the sound of crickets at Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods 6:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Aug. 1-3, when Citadel Theatre performs "A Midsummer Night's Dream." It's the first time outdoor theater has been tried at Ryerson Woods.
"The hourlong performance is perfect for those who already know and love Shakespeare as well as those who want to enjoy theater in a beautiful setting," said Heather Meyers, the show's production manager. "It's a great introduction to Shakespeare, and we're making it accessible to a modern audience."
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Audience members can bring a blanket or lawn chair, and a picnic, as they watch a fully costumed production of Shakespeare's bewitching tale of fairies, enchanted forests, and of course, lost lovers.
"The show has a little bit of everything: comedy, love and romance, mistaken identity, chase scenes, the magic of the fairies. It will be fun to watch," said Meyers.
Sophie Twichell, executive director of Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, said the production will be good for families because it's only an hour long has "fun characters."
"It is a wonderful introduction to magic of theater," said Twichell. "Attendees will revel in the outdoor experience, which ends just before sunset."
Brushwood Center and the Lake County Forest Preserves are partnering with Citadel Theatre, based in Lake Forest, for the performance.
The play is being directed by Frank Farrell, a Chicago director and actor.
In the case of inclement weather, the production will be held indoors, with limited seating available. For information and to obtain tickets, which are $10, call (847) 968-3321 or visit www.brushwoodcenter.org. Brushwood Center is at 21850 N. Riverwoods Road.