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1120 40th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201

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Free theatre in the park... all summer long... Shakespeare, Greek drama, Greek comedy, opera, and ballet. A unique classic theatre experience located in Rock Island, Illinois.


The Genesius Guild is a community theatre located in the Quad Cities specializing in free classical drama. Founded in 1956, the group performs Greek drama, Greek comedy, the works of Shakespeare, and other classical authors every weekend throughout the summer. The schedule also includes ballet in partnership with Ballet Quad Cities and opera in partnership with Opera@Augustana.

The diversity and focus of the Genesius Guild makes it a unique summer program. We provide free, outdoor theatre in the middle of a park, with a strong focus on the classics. Greek tragedy, performed in mask, and Shakespearean comedies and tragedies are the base of our schedule, and are performed as written, with period costuming and scenery.

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Photo from Merry Wives of Windsor


Shakespeare: As You Like It

Join us on June 16, 17, 23, and 24 as we stage the Shakespeare comedy As You Like It. One of the most performed Shakespearean comedies, this show is a favorite of actors and audiences alike. The play incorporates themes of love, justice (and injustice), forgiveness, and country life. As You Like It also includes the famous "All the world's a stage" speech by the Melancholy Jaques.

We are especially excited for this show because it marks the debut of our partnership with local high schools. Many of the parts are played by all-star students from local high school theatre programs, with the rest of the cast filled by seasoned veterans who can help mentor the younger actors. You aren't going to want to miss it!

2018 Season Schedule

Mark your calendars for our 62nd season! Our schedule is now available. We hope to see you in Lincoln Park next summer!

June 8, 9, 10
Ballet Under the Stars – featuring Ballet Quad Cities

June 16, 17, 23, 24
Shakespeare: As You Like It

June 30, July 1, 7, 8
Aeschylus: Prometheus Bound

July 14, 15, 21, 22
Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

July 28, 29, August 4, 5
Aristophanes: Thesmophoriazusae

The Genesius Theatre Foundation follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs or contracts personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, disability status, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status. This policy applies to all Genesius  Theatre Foundation employees, volunteers, members, clients, and contractors.