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Help Genesius Guild Make Magic in 2022

December 2nd, 2021
Help Genesius Guild Make Magic in 2022

Help Genesius Guild make magic in 2022! Please consider donating to their GoFundMe to make your mark on our 2022 season. https://www.gofundme.com/f/genesius-guild-2021-givingtuesday-fundraiser  Read More

Genesius Guild To Present “Shakespeare’s Life in His Works”

June 29th, 2021
Genesius Guild To Present “Shakespeare's Life in His Works”

The Genesius Guild’s 2021 season continues with a joint Don Wooten and William Shakespeare production, Shakespeare’s Life in His Works, with performances at 7 p.m. on July 3, 4, 10, and 11. All performances are held at the Don Wooten Stage in Lincoln Park, Rock Island, and admission is free. Originally developed by Don Wooten (who founded Genesius Guild in 1956) as a readers’ theater production many years ago, Shakespeare’s Life in His Works has been adapted to fit the stage. The show explores Shakespeare’s life and his tremendous impact on the English language... Read More

REVIEW: Genesius Guild’s ‘Measure for Measure’ Really Measures up

June 24th, 2021
REVIEW: Genesius Guild's 'Measure for Measure' Really Measures up

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? More specifically, a summer evening spent watching a performance of Shakespeare as the sun shines golden on a stone amphitheater? Genesius Guild is showing “Measure for Measure (abridged)”, which will run for two more nights on June 26 and June 27 at 7pm in the Rock Island Lincoln Park “Measure for Measure” showcased a metatheatrical experience and began by introducing the actors to the stage as themselves. Throughout the play, the actors remained visible to the audience. Such a peculiar opening invites the audience to partake in... Read More

Prenzie Players Presenting ‘The Two Noble Kinsmen’

March 2nd, 2020
Prenzie Players Presenting 'The Two Noble Kinsmen'

Prenzie Players are presenting The Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher beginning March 27 at QCTW, 1730 Wilkes Ave, Davenport. This little-known collaboration between William Shakespeare and John Fletcher is based on Chaucer’s “Knight’s Tale.” Devoted cousins, Palamon and Arcite, knights at arms, are captured in battle and imprisoned. From their prison window, both men lay eyes on Emilia, a beautiful Amazon, and immediately declare their love for her. Meanwhile, the jailer’s daughter proclaims her love for Palamon and determines to win his love in return. Matters... Read More

Make ‘Merry’ With Shakespeare and Prenzie Players

November 13th, 2019
Make 'Merry' With Shakespeare and Prenzie Players

Want to make Merry? The Prenzies do. Prenzie Players will present “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” by some unknown playwright named Shakespeare, at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 and and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. In one of the Bard’s most enduring comedies, one of the Bard’s most enduring character’s (Falstaff), arrives in Windsor with the intent to swindle two prominent families out of their money. But, when he matches wits with the wives of said families, he finds that he may be in over his head. Directed by Jake Walker, the show will be held at 1730 Wilkes... Read More

Prenzies Ready To Make ‘Merry’ With Shakespeare

October 29th, 2019
Prenzies Ready To Make 'Merry' With Shakespeare

Ready to make Merry? The Prenzies are. Prenzie Players will present “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” by some unknown playwright named Shakespeare, at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 and and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. In one of the Bard’s most enduring comedies, one of the Bard’s most enduring character’s (Falstaff), arrives in Windsor with the intent to swindle two prominent families out of their money. But, when he matches wits with the wives of said families, he finds that he may be in over his head. Directed by Jake Walker, the show will be held at 1730... Read More

Prenzie Players Present a Show Outta Nothin’!

July 25th, 2019
Prenzie Players Present a Show Outta Nothin’!

Are you a fan of Shakespeare? Do you enjoy watching live on-stage performances while helping local community theater groups? Then you cannot miss this memorable evening! The Prenzie Players will be gracing the stage this Saturday Jul 27 at the Quad City Theater Workshop, located at 1730 Wilkes Ave Davenport. Showtime is at 8 p.m. and a suggested donation of $15 can be paid at the door. What timeless and magnificent Shakespearean screenplay will you be enjoying? Good question! Also, a question that the on-stage actors won’t have an answer to until twenty-four hours prior to showtime! That’s... Read More

A Tempest Is Brewing At Genesius Guild

June 14th, 2019
A Tempest Is Brewing At Genesius Guild

The Genesius Guild will present The Tempest by Shakespeare on June 15, 16, 22, and 23. Performances start at 8:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Park Classic Theatre in Rock Island. Admission is free. The Tempest is thought to be one of the last plays that Shakespeare wrote without collaborating with other authors. Beneath the comic themes about a ship crew stranded on the enchanted island, the show explores themes of family, betrayal, and forgiveness. Many scholars believe that Shakespeare wrote himself into this work. Prospero, the magician at the center of the show, engineers events to create the world... Read More

True Merch: ‘Merchant of Venice’ Coming To Town

July 11th, 2018
True Merch: 'Merchant of Venice' Coming To Town

The Genesius Guild will present “The Merchant of Venice,” opening on Saturday, July 14 at 8 p.m. in Lincoln Park, Rock Island, IL. The production will also be performed Sunday, July 15 and the following weekend, July 21 and July 22 at 8 p.m. All performances are free and open to the public. “The Merchant of Venice” is a play often studied in high school and college, but rarely performed onstage in the United States. The script includes some challenging content, but its powerful message about how humans treat people from different backgrounds remains highly relevant today. While... Read More

Genesius Guild Kicks Off Theater In Lincoln Park This Weekend

June 13th, 2018
Genesius Guild Kicks Off Theater In Lincoln Park This Weekend

It’s not summer without Genesius Guild, and the venerable local theater company begins its latest round of theater in the park shows this weekend after debuting its performance schedule with Ballet Quad Cities’ Ballet Under the Stars in Rock Island’s Lincoln Park last weekend. The 2018 summer series includes nineteen performances of five productions, including ballet, Shakespeare, and classic Greek drama. All performances are offered free of charge in Lincoln Park, Rock Island. It is the only community program of its kind in the country (www.genesius.org). Shows always begin at 8 p.m. This... Read More