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Oak Park Festival Theatre is a professional theater company working under contract with Actors’ Equity Association, producing the works of William Shakespeare as they were meant to be staged – as thrilling, living, popular theater, al fresco in pastoral Austin Gardens to augment the imagery and poetry of the Bard’s English language. The Theatre has expanded offerings to include classics and other challenging productions – outdoors each summer in Austin Gardens and indoors during the spring and fall at the Madison Street Theater at 1010 W. Madison in Oak Park.



OPFT BLOG

Oak Park Festival Theatre (OPFT) is blessed year after year with dedicated and hard working theatre interns.  They don’t come for the money, but they stay for their love of t[Read More...]
1940′s radio Drama Returns! Festival Theatre’ “Radio Acting Company” returns to The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association October 3rd and 5th with The P[Read More...]
From Austrian pastries to bespoke cucumber sandwiches, from surfboards to skulls, for the last two seasons our “props-master”, Jesse Gaffney, has provided them all and [Read More...]
“The Importance of Being Earnest” Author: Alan Bresloff ★★★★★There is nothing like enjoying a summer evening, under the stars, watching a play. This is an experience that can only [Read More...]
By Kerry Reid, Special to the Tribune “In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing,” observes Gwendolen in “The Importance of Being E[Read More...]
Play Review: Wilde’s ‘Earnest’ wit has sparkle to spare at Oak Park Festival Theatre Catey Sullivan | Sun-Times Media                      If you like your humor dry and your comed[Read More...]
As the second production of our gala fortieth season, Oak Park Festival Theatre (the Midwest’s oldest professional outdoor classical theatre) presents Comedy’s crown jewel, The Imp[Read More...]
Ella Gill, 2014 Oak Park-River Forest High School graduate and soon to be NYU freshman, will receive the second annual Young Artist Award honoring a recent graduate who has generou[Read More...]
“More things in Heaven and Earth” About Hamlet and Horatio Two of the five Michaels in our production of Hamlet are Michael McKeogh who plays Hamlet and Michael Pogue w[Read More...]
Mobster world fits this power-mad ‘Hamlet By Kerry Reid Special to the Tribune 5:45 p.m. CDT, June 23, 2014 If you’re tapping your feet impatiently awaiting the return [Read More...]
★★★★ “Brilliant, Powerful, Dramatic, Beautifully Performed” Highly Recommended review by Ed Vincent An exceptional production with a fabulous cast of actors and actress[Read More...]
Due to mother nature’s wrath, we are canceling tonights performance of HAMLET. If you have purchased tickets for tonights show, know that they will be honored at the box offi[Read More...]
"The sharp performances and strong direction by Lavina Jadwani make this a unique and powerful experience. It is everything a goodHamlet should be: beautiful and haunting, yet pain[Read More...]
“Director Lavina Jadhwani moves Shakespeare’s tragedy to 1920s Chicago, a change that allows the men to dress and act like gangsters (Jack Hickey’s King Claudius [Read More...]
The climax of an already violent, corpse strewn story is the duel between Hamlet and Laertes. In this Roaring 20′s production, the Act V showdown is a contest not of swords b[Read More...]