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by William Shakespeare

In this love letter about love letters, a young king and his companions vow to swear off worldly pleasures and devote themselves to gaining eternal fame through scholastic pursuits. When a lovely princess and her ladies visit the palace, their oath immediately proves difficult to keep! Set in pre-World War I 1914, ragtime, early jazz, and the English Music Hall will create much of the milieu for this lively and hilarious production, directed by Curt Tofteland (Shakespeare Behind Bars).

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Opening Friday, July 3 @ 8:00 p.m.

The Theatre at Ewing Cultural Center



by William Shakespeare

King Richard believes he has been ordained by God to rule England, but he is surrounded by men who would prey on his weakness. Spoiled by fortune and more poet than monarch, his vanity begins to divide his country and send it into tumultuous and horrible civil war. But even as he loses all his power and worldly possession, does Richard gain something greater? Robert Quinlan (Macbeth, 2013) returns to direct this lyrical, profound and moving production, which will feature artistic director Kevin Rich in the title role.

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Opening Thursday, July 2 @ 7:30 p.m.

The Theatre at Ewing Cultural Center



by Q Brothers

World-renowned contemporary theatre artists the Q Brothers (The Bomb-itty of Errors, Funk It Up About Nothing, Othello: The Remix) are coming to town to share with us their hysterically funny two-person adaption of Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona. In their reimagining of the classic tale, these "two gents" are high school football stars at Verona College Prep who learn a thing or two about love, learning and loyalty. We are thrilled to have the Q Brothers join us to direct this 75-minute wild ride, which will feature two actors playing all the parts! This is a production that can't be missed!

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Opening Saturday, July 4 @ 7:30 p.m.

The Theatre at Ewing at Ewing Cultural Center




Based on audience suggestions The Improvised Shakespeare Co. creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your eyes. Nothing is planned-out, rehearsed, or written.  All of the dialogue is said for the first time, the characters are created as you watch, and if you're wondering where the story is are they!  Come see the show TimeOut Chicago calls, "staggeringly brilliant" and "downright hilarious." If you liked Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, then you will LOVE this nationally recognized improv group!

Call 866-IL-SHAKE for tickets.

Saturdays, July 11, 18, 25,  August 1, 8 @ 6 p.m.

Performances are only one hour.

The Theatre at Ewing

In case of rain the performance will be moved indoors to the Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Illinois State University.



by Scott Kaiser

Many believe that Shakespeare wrote a sequel to Love's Labour's Lost, now lost to the ages. Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Scott Kaiser has written one in its place, which imagines the reuniting of the four couples in 1918 Versailles following their forced separation during World War I. The young lovers are changed, and their relationships demand re-negotiation. We are giving this brilliant play an indoor studio production in our Westhoff black box theatre, featuring the same actors who played these parts in Love's Labour's Lost!

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Opening Sunday, July 19 @ 7:30 p.m.

Westhoff Theatre, on the campus of Illinois State University



AS YOU LIKE IT as you've never seen it! Eight actors play all the parts in this fast-paced, hilarious romp full of laughs, live music and audience interaction. This 45-minute touring production has been a hit with students throughout the school year – come see an outdoor version of what our young audiences have been raving about!

Wednesdays and Saturdays @ 10 a.m. beginning Wednesday July 1.

This event is free to the Central Illinois community!

Ewing Cultural Center

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