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1120 40th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
guild@genesius.org
(309) 794-8900

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ABOUT

THE GENESIUS GUILD & GENESIUS THEATRE FOUNDATION

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

The Genesius Guild is a Quad Cities theater 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 the trees in Lincoln Park, Rock Island, 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 Prometheus Bound showing chorus members surrounding Prometheus and sympathizing with his situation as he stands chained to a mountain

NEWS

Thank you!

Our 2019 season has drawn to a close. We want to thank everyone involved this season. Whether you were on stage, behind the scenes, a donor, or an audience member, we could not do this without you.

Be sure to keep an eye out for updates on our Facebook page to be the first to know when we announce our 2020 summer schedule, call for directors, audition dates, and more! We are looking forward to seeing you next summer for another year of bringing classical theater to the Quad Cities.


2019 Season Schedule

We are excited to announce our 2019 season! This season includes a Greek tragedy that explores themes of human nature, and two of Shakespeare's most powerful and poignant plays. And, of course, it includes a helping of ballet and Greek comedy!

June 7, 8, 9
Ballet Under the Stars

June 15, 16, 22, 23
Shakespeare: The Tempest

June 29, 30 & July 6, 7
Euripides: The Bacchae

July 13, 14, 20, 21
Shakespeare: Hamlet

July 27, 28 & August 3, 4
Aristophanes: Ecclesiazusae

All performances begin at 8:00 PM.


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.