Theater on the Lake 2015 Schedule

Welcome to Theater on the Lake: The Chicago Summer Theater Festival.  Celebrating 63 years of Chicago’s rich off-Loop theater community.  
In November 2013, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Superintendent Michael P. Kelly announced that the Chicago Park District is converting the historic Theater on the Lake building from a summer-only programming site to a year-round program and event facility.  Learn more.
While renovation is underway to convert the historic Theater on the Lake building from a summer-only programming site to a year-round program and event facility, we’ll be taking the shows on the road. Come see the shows this summer at Austin Town Hall, Berger Park Cultural Center and Washington Park Refectory.

Tickets go on sale May 18, 2015.

While on the road, we are suspending subscriptions and flex passes and reducing ALL ticket prices to $10.  
Click on your preferred dates below to purchase tickets.

Tickets will also be available on site, one hour prior to the start of the show.

For questions or if you need assistance, please leave a detailed message at (312) 742-7994, and our box office manager will return your call within 24 hours.

For patrons with special needs, please leave a message with the box office to coordinate parking.



Show 1: June 17 – 21 & June 24 - 28

Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
Bailiwick Chicago presents MURDER BALLAD
Book and Lyrics by Julia Jordan, Music and Lyrics by Juliana Nash, Original Direction and Choreography by James Beaudry; adapted by Jon Martinez, Music Direction by Nicholas Davio

A love triangle gone wrong, Murder Ballad centers on Sara, an Upper West Sider who seems to have it all, but whose downtown past lingers enticingly and dangerously in front of her. This sexy, explosive, rock musical explores the complications of love, the compromises we make and the betrayals that can ultimately undo us. Following a sold out, Off-Broadway run at Manhattan Theatre Club, Bailiwick Chicago is pleased to present the Chicago premiere of this critically acclaimed new work.

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Wed 6/17 Th 6/18 Fr 6/19 Sa 6/20 Su 6/21 Wed 6/24 Th 6/25 Fr 6/26 Sa 6/27 Su 6/28


Show 2: July 8 - 12 & July 15 - 19

Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
Theater Oobleck presents SONG ABOUT HIMSELF
By Mickle Maher, Cast includes Diana Slickman, Colm O’Reilly, and H.B. Ward

In a dystopian future, where the Internet has been effectively destroyed by viruses and malware, people communicate in mumbles. Looking for human interaction, Carol ― a woman made extraordinary by her ability to speak relatively clearly ― signs in to a mysterious social media site only to find that, strangely, she is its only member. The secrets she uncovers there will either cure or break her lonely heart. Employing an original form of verse derived from a corruption of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, Song About Himself goes at the question every play asks: “Do words, in the end, help?”

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Wed 7/8 Th 7/9 Fr 7/10 Sa 7/11 Su 7/12 Wed 7/15 Th 7/16 Fr 7/17 Sa 7/18 Su 7/19


Show 3: July 22 - 26 & July 29 - August 2

Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N Sheridan Rd.
Jackalope Theatre Company presents FOUR
By Christopher Shinn, Directed by Nate Silver

On a lonely Fourth of July in Hartford in 1996, June, a sixteen-year-old white boy, sneaks out for his first ever tryst with Joe, a closeted, married black man he’s met over the Internet. On the same night, just across town, studious high-schooler, Abigayle, escapes her ailing mother to go out with Dexter, a twenty-year-old low-level drug dealer. In and around the city, as America celebrates its independence, these two couples get to know themselves and each other, as they navigate the journey from strangers to intimates. In the stark landscapes of movie theatres, fast food restaurants, darkened churches, parking lots and public parks, they grasp for connection but reveal the limits of desire, and the possibilities for transcendence.

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Wed 7/22 Th 7/23 Fr 7/24 Sa 7/25 Su 7/26 Wed 7/29 Th 7/30 Fr 7/31 Sa 8/1 Su 8/2


Show 4: August 5 - 9 & August 12 - 16

Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N Sheridan Rd.
Definition Theatre Company presents A DOLL’S HOUSE
By Henrik Ibsen, Directed and Adapted by Michael Halberstam

Nora and Torvald have all the trappings of a perfect suburban life: a beautiful home, two children, and enough money to finance their comfortable lifestyle. But when a terrible secret from Nora's past threatens to ruin all they've built, she is left with two options: deceive the man she loves, or face the truth and risk losing everything.

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Wed 8/5 Th 8/6 Fr 8/7 Sa 8/8 Su 8/9 Wed 8/12 Th 8/13 Fr 8/14 Sa 8/15 Su 8/16


Show 5: August 5 - 9 & August 12 - 15

August 5 - 9 at Washington Park Refectory, 5531 S. Russell Dr.
August 12 - 15 at Austin Town Hall, 5610 W Lake St.
***Admission to this play is FREE. Advance reservations are encouraged.***
Adapted and Directed by Zachary Baker-Salmon

Admission is FREE in Public Access Theatre. In 1965, the Cambridge Union Society hosted a debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, Jr. The subject: Has the American Dream been achieved at the expense of the American Negro? Join Oracle for a vivid theatrical enactment of the debate, and vote on the winner. The debate tells a story of 1960s America, but contemporary audiences will hear reverberations of our country’s current racial crises. Oracle offers this premiere in commemoration of the 13th Amendment ratification in 1865, passage of The Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the 50th anniversary of the Baldwin/Buckley debate itself.

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Wed 8/5 Th 8/6 Fr 8/7 Sa 8/8 Su 8/9

Reserve Tickets for Austin Town Hall Online Now:

Wed 8/12 Th 8/13 Fr 8/14 Sa 8/15