Free Theater! Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks Brings the Comedy of Errors to Aurora’s Riveredge Park, Saturday, August 3
Make haste to downtown Aurora when Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks brings its summer touring production, The Comedy of Errors, to Thomas J. Weisner RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, for a free performance on Saturday, August 3.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. The performance starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free thanks to the generous support of the Dunham Fund. Guests at this event are invited to sit in the park’s fixed seating, first come, first serve, or bring bag chairs and blankets for seating in the back of the park. For more information, visit riveredgeaurora.com or call (630) 896-6666.
“Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks is a terrific outreach program, bringing the magic of live theater to the public in their own backyard, and we are thrilled that RiverEdge Park is the tour’s exclusive suburban stop,” said Tim Rater, President and CEO, RiverEdge Park. “West suburban residents shouldn’t miss this opportunity to see an amazing production from the acclaimed Chicago Shakespeare Theater, for free, right here in downtown Aurora.”
So get thee to RiverEdge Park when a specially equipped truck rolls up, a stage unfolds and a company of top Chicago actors perform a free, 75-minute summer night production of William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors along the banks of the Fox River. Audiences will enjoy the wildly entertaining tale of a man and his servant landing in a foreign land, searching for their long-lost twin brothers. Everywhere they go, strangers insist that they’re old friends. Mistaken identities abound, but in the end, chaos gives way to clarity in this comedy filled with mayhem and madness.
Shakespeare’s popular comedy is adapted and directed by veteran Chicago Shakespeare director David H. Bell, with Scenic Designer Tom Burch, Costume Designer Ana Kuzmanic, Sound Designer Scotty Iseri, Wig and Make-up Designer Richard Jarvie, Assistant Director Eli Newell, and Verse Coach Ross Lehman.
The cast features a Paramount Theatre audience favorite, Meghan Murphy, as Aemilia/ Courtezan. Audiences will recall Murphy’s memorable performances as Fraulein Kost in Cabaret, the Acid Queen in The Who’s Tommy and Joanne in RENT. The cast also includes Will Allan (Dromio of Syracuse), Amira Danan (Adriana), Samuel Douglas (Antipholus of Syracuse), Russell Mernagh (Antipholus of Ephesus), Andrea San Miguel (Luciana), Drew Shirley (Egeon/Luce/Dr. Pinch), Alec Silver (Dromio of Ephesus), Laurence Stepney (Duke), and ensemble members Wesley Daniel, Nathaniel Elfant, Max Fabian and Sam Krey.
Since the inception of the Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks program seven years ago, more than 155,000 Chicagoans have taken advantage of free performances in their communities. In addition to RiverEdge Park, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks will present 24 performances of The Comedy of Errors at 18 parks throughout the city this summer, including Ogden Park, Columbus Park, Loyola Park and Ping Tom Memorial Park. The tour is made possible by a renewed civic, cultural and corporate partnership between Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District, Boeing and production sponsor BMO Harris Bank. For the full list of tour dates and locations, visit chicagoshakes.com/parks.
“You’ll Accomp’ny Me” to Aurora’s Riveredge Park for Bob Seger Tribute Band Hollywood Nights, Friday, August 9
Rick Murphy (left) is lead vocalist of Hollywood Nights, playing RiverEdge Park on August 9.
If you are a true Bob Seger fan, be at Thomas J. Weisner RiverEdge Park in downtown Aurora, on Friday, August 9, when Hollywood Nights rolls in with their killer 10-piece Bob Seger tribute show, presented as part of Aurora’s Downtown Alive! series.
Hollywood Nights plays rockin’, epic concerts, just like Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. Seger has 30 years of music that’s embedded into America’s DNA from “Turn the Page” and “Night Moves” to “Old Time Rock-n-Roll” and “Travelin’ Man.”
So get ready for Hollywood Nights – A Bob Seger Experience, one of those shows where you’ll know every song and you’re belting ‘em out along in a sea of fellow Bob Seger fans. Gates open at 6 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Tickets are only $4. Children 12 and under are free if accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. For tickets and information, visit riveredgeaurora.com, call
(630) 896-6666, or stop by RiverEdge’s satellite box office, Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday–Saturday. Tickets will also be sold on-site. Fees not included.
RiverEdge Park is located at 360 N. Broadway in downtown Aurora, right across the street from Metra’s Aurora Transportation Center. At this event, the entire park is general admission. There will be standing room only directly in front of the stage, fixed seating behind (first come, first served). The rest of the park is general admission for bag chairs. Blankets are also allowed on lawn areas. Aurora’s long popular, low cost Downtown Alive! series is presented this summer by Old Second Bank, with sponsors BMO Harris Bank, Rush Copley Medical Center, EarthMover Credit Union and Fox Valley Credit Union. The official radio station is 97.1 FM The Drive WDRV Chicago. The RiverEdge Park 2019 Season is sponsored by Dunham Fund, Superior Beverage and City of Aurora. Park sponsor is Hollywood Casino Aurora.
About Hollywood Nights – A Bob Seger Experience
Hollywood Nights is the ultimate tribute to Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. This 10-piece New Jersey-based powerhouse has set out to re-create everything about Seger and his music right
down to the smallest detail. Determined to leave no stone unturned, Hollywood Nights even tours with a baby grand piano. The band prides itself on continuing the amazing groundwork laid down by Seger over the past 30 years. They share the belief that only Seger and his fans have come to know, learn and love: Represent the voice of every fan, his or her values, working-class background and the love of rock ‘n’ roll. For more, visit hollywoodnightsband.com.
Music Legend Dionne Warwick to Perform Outdoor Concert in Downtown Aurora, Friday, August 16
The one…the only…Dionne Warwick, a six-time Grammy Award-winning music superstar and legendary cornerstone of American pop culture and music, will perform Friday, August 16 at downtown Aurora’s Thomas J. Weisner RiverEdge Park.
Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Concert at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 general admission and $35-$50 reserved seating, with VIP packages from $164-$269. For tickets and information, visit riveredgeaurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by RiverEdge’s satellite box office, Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday–Saturday. Tickets will also be sold on-site. Fees not included.
RiverEdge Park is located at 360 N. Broadway in downtown Aurora, right across the street from Metra’s Aurora Transportation Center. At this event, there will be reserved seating sections in front of the stage and a general admission area behind. Bag chairs are allowed in the general admission area. Blankets are also allowed on the lawn only.
The official radio station for Dionne Warwick is 87.7 MeTV. The RiverEdge Park 2019 Season is sponsored by Dunham Fund, Superior Beverage and City of Aurora. Park sponsor is Hollywood Casino Aurora.
About Dionne Warwick
Dionne Warwick was discovered by Burt Bacharach and Hal David in 1961, and went on to record 18 consecutive Top 100 singles including “Don’t Make Me Over,” Walk on By,” “Say a Little Prayer,” “A House is Not a Home,” “Alfie,” “Déjà Vu” and “Heartbreaker,” among countless others. She received her first Grammy in 1968 for “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” Warwick became the first African-American solo female artist of her generation to win the prestigious award for Best Contemporary Female Vocalist Performance. She has earned more than 75 charted hit songs and sold over 100 million records.
In 1985, she participated in the recording of “That’s What Friends Are For,” which became a number-one hit worldwide and raised awareness and major funds for AIDS research. Warwick also participated in the all-star charity single, “We Are the World” and performed at “Live Aid.” She continues to support many other causes such as The Starlight Foundation, children’s hospitals, world hunger, disaster relief and music education.
Warwick has been honored by AMFAR, the Desert AIDS Project, and Clive Davis at his pre-Grammy party. She was also inducted into The Grammy Museum where a special 50th Anniversary career exhibit was unveiled. Most recently, Warwick released a star-studded duets album entitled, “Feels So Good,” featuring collaborations with some of today’s greatest artists. She was the recipient of the coveted and prestigious 2017 Marian Anderson Award for her career accomplishments and philanthropy. She was honored in a 2018 PBS television special, “Then Came You,” was named 2019 Ambassador to the Smithsonian Institute’s Year in Music and is a 2019 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. dionnewarwick.us
Tickets are also on sale for the following concerts this summer at RiverEdge Park:
Fourth of July Fireworks, Bruce in the USA and Aurora American Legion Band
Thursday, July 4 – Free Event!
Dark Star Orchestra
Friday, July 5
The Royal Affair Tour – YES, Asia, John Lodge and Carl Palmer, presented by Live Nation
Saturday, July 6
Downtown Alive! American English
Friday, July 12
Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Wheels of Soul Tour with Blackberry Smoke and Shovels & Rope
Sunday, July 21
The Mavericks with special guest Los Lobos
Friday, July 26
Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks The Comedy of Errors
Saturday, August 3
Friday, August 16
Get the Led Out: A Celebration of “The Mighty Zep”
Friday, August 23
Poi Dog Pondering
Saturday, August 24
About RiverEdge Park
RiverEdge Park is located right across the street from the Aurora Transportation Center. For drivers, paid parking is available in the Metra lot, with more public and private lots around the park and in downtown Aurora.
Concessions include a diverse menu and bar with domestic and craft beers, wine, sodas, bottled water and more. Outside food is also welcome. No alcohol or other outside beverages are allowed, with the exception of two sealed bottles of unflavored water per person. Read the full outside food policy at riveredgeaurora.com/visit.
Events at RiverEdge Park take place rain or shine, unless conditions endanger the safety of artists and the public. Concertgoers are advised to follow RiverEdge Park on Facebook and Twitter for all concert updates, or call the RiverEdge Park Weather Line, (630) 723-2480, to check status if inclement weather is pending. Patrons can also text REPARK to 888777 for weather alert updates.
RiverEdge Park debuted in 2013, and was renamed Thomas J. Weisner RiverEdge Park in 2016 in honor of late Aurora Mayor Thomas J. Weisner. It is a beautiful outdoor summer concert venue with a capacity of up to 6,000 boasting state-of-the-art acoustics and lighting, a warm community feel and gorgeous views on the banks of the Fox River. The park is anchored by the contemporary John C. Dunham performance pavilion.
RiverEdge Park is managed and programmed by the Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA), which also oversees operations for Aurora’s historic Paramount Theatre, the Copley Theatre and the Paramount School of the Arts, which opened June 1, 2019 in the new John C. Dunham Aurora Arts Center.
For tickets and information, visit riveredgeaurora.com or call (630) 896-6666.