A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

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Polarity Ensemble Theatre is a resident theater company of the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614. (Not our mailing address).

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A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare
April 20 - May 22, 2016
Directed by Ann Keen
Polarity co-founder Ann Keen brings her distinctive vision to a Shakespearean favorite, setting Midsummer in the American early 60's, a time of distinctive transition in our culture, as music, morality, and racial relations began a revolution.

"The fairy world in particular is wonderfully created and the incorporation of music was a fantastic idea."
--Jerald Raymond Pierce, CHICAGO STAGE STANDARD


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Polarity presented the ambitious Afterlife Trilogy this past season, publishing two novels and producing a play to demonstrate that some friendships survive beyond the grave.

General operating support is being provided by The MacArthur Funds for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.





This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.



Special thanks to The Saints for a grant benefitting The Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays.

Arts & Business Council of Chicago


Capacity-building support has been provided by:

Arts & Business Council of Chicago


New! Read the reviews of A Midsummer Night's Dream!

Changing of the Guard! Richard Engling announces his final two productions.

American Theatre magazine covered the Afterlife Trilogy.

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Two plays tied for the winner of the 2015 Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays: Leavings by Gail Parrish and Girl Found by Barbara Lhota!

NEW CITY covered the Dionysos Cup Festival.

Read the interviews with 2015 Dionysos Cup playwrights Gail Parrish, Barbara Lhota, Aline Lathrop, and Mary Beth Hoerner.

Our Artistic Director Richard Engling talks about new play development in a Community Forum interview on CAN-TV.

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We are looking for volunteers and new Board members to help take us to the next level. Interested? Email us. Or help us with a donation. Thanks!

Lindsey Pearlman won the 2013 Jeff Award for Best Actress in a Principal Role for Never the Bridesmaid, Bill Jepsen's romantic comedy that was developed in our Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays!

Profiles of the 2014 Dionysos Cup playwrights: Skye Robinson Hillis, Kristiana Rae Colón, Helen Valenta, and Jenny Seidelman.

Profiles of the 2013 Dionysos Cup playwrights: Richard Engling, Steven Simoncic, Reginald Edmund, Chuck O'Connor, Darren Callahan.

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