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by William Shakespeare
directed by J.R. Sullivan

October 20-25, 2017

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”

Duke Senior has been banished from court by his evil brother Duke Frederick.  Soon thereafter, he banishes Senior’s daughter,  young princess Rosalind.  Rosalind, accompanied by her friend Celia,  then disguises herself as a man and ventures into the Forest of Arden where she encounters a memorable cast of characters—including her love Orlando—in this witty, subversive comedy whose themes meditate on the dream of a simple life and the ideal of romantic love.  J.R. Sullivan, who directed last season’s Henry V, returns to direct.  

Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:00PM, The Niles-Maine District Library*, 6960 W. Oakton Street, Niles, Illinois
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10:00AM, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 2:00PM, The Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette, Illinois
Sunday show at Highland Park has been moved to Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 6:30PM
Monday, October 23, 2017 at 6:30PM,  Vernon Area Public Library*, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, Illinois
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 7:15PM, Mount Prospect Public Library*, 10 S. Emerson Street, Mount Prospect, Illinois 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 6:30PM, The Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park, Illinois

An introduction to the play commences 15 minutes prior to curtain.
Admission is free, seating is limited.
* Pre-registration required at Niles Public Library (call 847-663-1234)
* Pre-registration required at Vernon Area Public Library (call 847-634-3650)
* Pre-registration required at Mount Prospect Public Library (call 847-253-5675)


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by William Shakespeare
directed by Barbara Zahora

January 12-16, 2018

“Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.”

One of Shakespeare’s Roman tragedies, the play recounts the journey of a successful Roman general, who after achieving multiple successes in the military, turns his ambition to politics and leadership of his people.  However, his personality and temperament are ill-suited for his new role and he is ultimately deposed.  Seeking revenge against his enemies, and in his attempt to reclaim his power and prestige, he forges alliances with others that ultimately lead to his demise. Associate artistic director Barbara Zahora directs. 

Friday, January 12, 2018 at 7:00PM, The Niles Public Library*, 6960 W. Oakton Street, Niles, Illinois

Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:00AM, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 2:00PM, The Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette, Illinois
Sunday, Jauary 14, 2018 at 2:00PM, The Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park, Illinois
Monday, January 15, 2018 at 6:30PM,  Vernon Area Public Library*, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, Illinois
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 7:15PM, Mount Prospect Public Library*, 10 S. Emerson Street, Mount Prospect, Illinois 

An introduction to the play commences 15 minutes prior to curtain.
Admission is free, seating is limited.
* Pre-registration required at Niles Public Library (call 847-663-1234)
* Pre-registration required at Vernon Area Public Library (call 847-634-3650)
* Pre-registration required at Mount Prospect Public Library (call 847-253-5675)


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by Thomas Middleton 
directed by Michelle Shupe and Kelly Lynn Hogan

February 23-27,  2018


"Never were finer snares for women's honesties /than are devis'd in these days."

In a world where men have all the power, what happens when women decide to take power for themselves?  Marriages crumble, lust reigns supreme, widows are beguiled, passions slaked, revenge plotted, and power brokers may be caught in their own web. Women Beware Women by Thomas Middleton is hailed as a masterpiece of Jacobean drama: smart, slick and hilarious, it is arguably the playwright's crowning achievement. A deliciously decadent soap opera of a play, it showcases bad behavior - featuring possibly the bloodiest, most inventive climactic scene in Jacobean literature - giving new meaning to "murder most foul".

Friday, February 23, 2018 at 7:00PM, The Niles Public Library*, 6960 W. Oakton Street, Niles, Illinois

Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 10:00AM, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 2:00PM, The Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette, Illinois
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 2:00PM, The Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park, Illinois
Monday, February 26, 2018 at 6:30PM,  Vernon Area Public Library*, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, Illinois
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:15PM, Mount Prospect Public Library*, 10 S. Emerson Street, Mount Prospect, Illinois 

An introduction to the play commences 15 minutes prior to curtain.
Admission is free, seating is limited.
* Pre-registration required at Niles Public Library (call 847-663-1234)
* Pre-registration required at Vernon Area Public Library (call 847-634-3650)
* Pre-registration required at Mount Prospect Public Library (call 847-253-5675)


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by William Shakespeare
directed by Peter Garino

May 4-8 2018

"When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married."

Don Pedro and his fellow soldiers, Benedick and Claudio have returned from war and visit the estate of Leonato, Pedro's friend.  There, Claudio falls deeply in love with Leonato's niece, Hero, while Benedick rekindles and old friendship with Leonato's daughter Beatrice.  The stage is set for the ultimate battle of wits to ensue, combined with some intrigue stirred up by Pedro's bastard brother Don John.  Join us for one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies featuring a cast of Shakespeare Project favorites directed by artistic director Peter Garino.

Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7:00PM, The Niles Public Library*, 6960 W. Oakton Street, Niles, Illinois

Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10:00AM, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 2:00PM, The Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette, Illinois
Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 2:00PM, Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park, IL
Monday, May 7, 2018 at 6:30PM,  Vernon Area Public Library*, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, Illinois
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 7:15PM, Mount Prospect Public Library*, 10 S. Emerson Street, Mount Prospect, Illinois 

An introduction to the play commences 15 minutes prior to curtain.

Admission is free, seating is limited.
* Pre-registration required at Niles Public Library (call 847-663-1234)
* Pre-registration required at Vernon Area Public Library (call 847-634-3650)
* Pre-registration required at Mount Prospect Public Library (call 847-253-5675)



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