Welles Park to host the Bard this weekend

The Chicago Shakespeare Company has once again teamed up with the Chicago Parks District to bring some drama to Welles Park.

William Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors will be performed at 6:30 p.m. both Friday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 17 at the park at 2333 W Sunnyside. Both performances are free to the public.

The performance is part of the company’s traveling series, which includes 26 performances in 18 of the city’s parks between July 26 and Aug. 25. The event is part of the city’s Chicago Summer of Learning program , which encourages children participating in hands-on learning opportunities between academic school years.

Chicago Shakespeare Company first partnered with the Parks District for a similar series last summer. Plays are performed on a fold-out, portable stage by professional actors in the company.

Their site describes the play as a “wildly entertaining tale of a man and his servant landing in a foreign land, searching for their long-lost twin brothers. Everywhere they go, strangers insist that they’re old friends. Mistaken identities abound, but in the end, chaos gives way to clarity in this comedy filled with mayhem and madness.”

Future performance locations include Frank J Wilson Park and the Garfield Park Conservatory.

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