Shakespeare at the Park returns to DeKalb

DeKALB – The DeKalb Public Library and the DeKalb Park District will host Shakespeare at the Park at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17. Stone Soup Shakespeare will present “Hamlet” at Huntley Park at the corner of Second and Garden streets in DeKalb.

Stone Soup Shakespeare was founded in 2010 by theater artists/educators Julia Stemper and Jeffrey Golde as a touring company focused on underserviced communities in southern Illinois. In the past 11 years they have expanded their reach into northern Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Kentucky. Their mission is to create shared spaces with communities in order to share experiences resulting in the appreciation of the arts and humanities.

In the company’s tour of “Hamlet,” a decadent party swirls around the prince as he encounters ghosts, wrestles with his inner demons, and seeks revenge for the mistakes of the past generation. Featuring new music by Chicago artists, “Hamlet” explores a young person finding his way in a dangerous world. It’s part campfire ghost story, and part murder mystery all set in a Gatsby-esque, neo-Jazz Era world.

This program is open to all; no registration is required. Families are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and folding chairs. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held in the Yusunas Meeting Room at the DeKalb Public Library.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library in memory of Dorothy Thorsen.

There will be a donation box out leading up to and during the event.

For more information, contact Samantha at or 815-756-9568, ext. 1701.