Shakespeare in the Park brings The Tempest to Memorial Park

August 30, 2018

A powerful storm shipwrecks the king's party on an enchanted island, populated by fairies and monsters, and governed by a powerful wizard caught between the temptation for revenge and the need for forgiveness. Experience the story of "The Tempest" during Shakespeare in the Park, taking place at Memorial Park on August 30 through September 1.

Shakespeare in the Park is a high-quality annual theater event presented free of charge to the public by the Wheaton Park District and Wheaton College's Arena Theater. "The Tempest," William Shakespeare's last complete play, addresses power, love and the healing that comes with letting go.

"After 5 years of comedies, it was time for us to branch out in Shakespeare," said Wheaton College Arena Theater Production Manager and Technical Director Andy Mangin. "We were about to run out of stories about mistaken identity that end with weddings. This play about power and reconciliation feels messier and more experimental. It has some funny moments but also some dark ones. It explores these themes with real stakes and asks real questions about authority and forgiveness. We thought it was a good departure from the straight comedy, and I think the Shakespeare in the Park audience both needs and is ready for that."

The performance brings Wheaton College alumni from across the country who are professional actors and pairs them with current students to star in the now three-day performance. The high caliber of acting, lighting and sound blend for a unique, must-see show for the whole family.

Also making its return is the puppet show, which introduces the audience to the characters and plot points of the play. The puppet show begins at 6:45 p.m.

The Wheaton Park District and Wheaton College's free performance of "The Tempest" will be performed on a new night, Thursday, August 30, as well as Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1 at Memorial Park (208 W. Union Ave). Seating opens at 6 p.m. and the performance starts at 7 p.m. Limited bench seating is available. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Onsite concessions will be available, with the proceeds benefiting the DuPage County Historical Museum.

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