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Founded in 2012, Midsommer Flight produces high quality, accessible productions in Chicago communities. Each summer, the company tours a free outdoor Shakespeare production to four parks in various Chicago neighborhoods. The company also presents an annual Pay-What-You-Can Twelfth Night in December at the Lincoln Park Conservatory; Performink called the 2018 production “a prime example of what makes Chicago theater so special.” With its commitment to eliminate financial barriers, Midsommer Flight consistently reaches over 2,000 audience members annually, an audience that is racially, ethnically, socioeconomically, gender and generationally diverse.
Rehearsing and performing in non-traditional park spaces has uniquely shaped the personality of Midsommer Flight. Spending four to six weeks each summer rehearsing outdoors in partner parks, rather than just dropping in for one performance, allows the company to make real connections in communities. The ensemble has also learned to face unique challenges with humor and aplomb, including surprise hail storms, noise from nearby birthday parties with bounce houses, and even children running through the stage during performances. Once, an actor kicked an errant soccer ball back to neighborhood kids while delivering a line in the middle of a show.
Midsommer Flight is committed to making Shakespeare productions that are understandable, accessible, and financially available to all, and has received significant recognition for their efforts. As far back as 2012, Chicago City Council honored Midsommer Flight “on their dedication to bringing the arts to underserved communities.” More recently, Midsommer Flight has been named a Finalist for the Broadway in Chicago Emerging Theatre Award three years in a row (2017, 2018, 2019), recognized for “being on the verge of great growth” and for “artistic excellence and fiscal responsibility.” In 2017 Performink wrote, “they truly lived up to their vision of quality and access.”
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