OR,
BY LIZ DUFFY ADAMS

Directed by Rowan Winterwood
January 10-26, 2020

Fridays through Sundays @ 8pm
MadLab Theatre

In this door-slamming Restoration-Era-style farce, former spy Aphra Behn tries to pen her first play — but with interruptions from a flirty actress, the king himself, and a mysterious associate from her past, Aphra finds herself torn between love for her paramours, her country, and her craft.

KING LEAR
BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Directed by Jennifer Feather Youngblood
May 21 – June 14, 2020

Thursdays through Sundays @ 8pm
Schiller Park Amphitheatre

A wrenching story of justice, perception, and madness, King Lear has fascinated audiences for more than 400 years. The Bard’s 1605 retelling of the pre-Roman legend Leir of Britain, is a classic and well-known story of a short-sighted, proud monarch who, in seeking to avoid future strife, ultimately destroys the legacy he was hoping to preserve.

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD’S
THE GREAT GATSBY

Adapted for the stage by Simon Levy
Directed by Adam Simon

June 18 – July 12, 2020 (no performances July 3 or 4)

Thursdays through Sundays @ 8pm
Schiller Park Amphitheatre

First published in 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is considered by many to be the greatest American novel. This adaptation by Simon Levy, the only play version licensed by the Fitzgerald estate, is an exceptional representation of the novel’s exploration of 1920’s decadence and idealism. Set in 1922 Long Island, Gatsby continues to serve as a challenge to the myth of the American Dream.

QUEEN MARGARET
BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Adapted by Jeanie O’Hare
Directed by Philip J. Hickman

July 16 – August 9, 2020

Thursdays through Sundays @ 8pm
Schiller Park Amphitheatre

Queen Margaret by William Shakespeare and Jeanie O’Hare premiered in England in 2018. O’Hare edited Shakespeare’s history cycle plays to focus on the story of Queen Margaret. The play is a vibrant examination of one of history’s most influential women told with wit, power, and emotion. The story unfolds as Margaret grows from a young queen bound by the constraints of tradition to the ruling force in the War of the Roses, protecting her son in a chaotic time of political strife and providing a future for her nation.

THE WAY OF THE WORLD
BY WILLIAM CONGREVE

Directed by Mark Mann
August 13 – September 6, 2020

Thursdays through Sundays @ 8pm
Schiller Park Amphitheatre

Largely considered the greatest of the Restoration Comedies, The Way of the World sets off a pair of lovers against a gaggle of scheming and imaginatively-named characters, including the duplicitous and lusty Lady Wishfort, and the villainous, morality-free Fainall. It takes a grand dose of plotting and outright blackmail to give Mirabell and Millafort a happy ending – or at least the ending they desire. This scathing, hilarious satire, which closes out our 2020 season, uncovers the over-the-top—and under the table—schemes of the idle upper-class.

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