1120 40th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201

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Free theatre in the park... all summer long... Shakespeare, Greek drama, Greek comedy, opera, and ballet. A unique classic theatre experience located in Rock Island, Illinois.


We are a community theatre organization located in the Quad Cities specializing in free classical drama. Founded in 1956, the group performs Greek drama, Greek comedy, the works of Shakespeare, and other classical authors every weekend throughout the summer. The schedule also includes ballet in partnership with Ballet Quad Cities and opera in partnership with Opera@Augustana.

The diversity and focus of the Genesius Guild makes it a unique summer program. We provide free, outdoor theatre in the middle of a park, with a strong focus on the classics. Greek tragedy, performed in mask, and Shakespearean comedies and tragedies are the base of our schedule, and are performed as written, with period costuming and scenery.

Photo from Merry Wives of Windsor


The Genesius Guild has a packed schedule for our 60th season! All shows start at 8:00 PM in Lincoln Park, Rock Island, IL. Admission is free for all shows, and no tickets are required.

There are approximately 150 seats available, as well as bleacher seating. Feel free to bring your own lawn chairs, as well. Three parking lots are available around the park, including one down the hill from the stage, and overflow parking is available on the streets running through the park.

2016 Season Schedule

June 3, 4, 5
Ballet Under the Stars – featuring Ballet Quad Cities

June 11, 12, 18, 19
The Tender Land: Aaron Copland - Opera@Augustana

June 25, 26
Sounds & Sweet Airs

July 2
Bucktown Revue
July 3
Big River Brass Band

July 9, 10, 16, 17
Aeschylus: 7 Against Thebes
Sophocles: Antigone

July 23, 24, 30, 31
Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing

August 5, 6, 7
Aristophanes: The Birds

We have a great season lined up - be sure to join us!

The Genesius Theatre Foundation follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs or contracts personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, disability status, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status. This policy applies to all Genesius  Theatre Foundation employees, volunteers, members, clients, and contractors.