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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

Next Show: Hamlet

Our current performance is Hamlet by Shakespeare. One of Shakespeare's most well-known plays, Hamlet is considered one of the most influential works in modern literature. Even during Shakespeare's lifetime, Hamlet gained tremendous popularity, and it remains one of his most performed works.

The storyline is well known - Hamlet is a young man who is in a state of torment as he contemplates taking revenge on his uncle, who had killed his father and seized the throne of Denmark. While Hamlet suffers from indecisiveness about whether or not to actually take revenge, the events surrounding him spiral out of control. The show delves deep into Hamlet's psyche, with his soliloquies offering more insight into his thoughts than Hamlet's actions. Join us on July 13, 14, 20, and 21 as we stage one of Shakespeare's greatest and most popular works.


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.