1120 40th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
3706 Kenwood Ave.
Davenport, IA 52807

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


The Genesius Guild is a Quad Cities theater 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.

The diversity and focus of the Genesius Guild makes it a unique summer program. We provide free, outdoor theatre in the middle of the trees in Lincoln Park, Rock Island, 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.

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Photo from Prometheus Bound showing chorus members surrounding Prometheus and sympathizing with his situation as he stands chained to a mountain


Upcoming Auditions

Auditions for our 2023 season are starting soon! If you are interested in getting on stage, we welcome everyone to audition - whether you are new to theater or are a seasoned thespian. You do not need to prepare a monologue; our directors will have you read excerpts from the shows we have selected for our 2023 performances.

Audition Schedule:

  • April 11, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, in the Wilson Center, Augustana College
  • April 13, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, in the Wilson Center, Augustana College
  • April 15, 1:00 - 3:00 PM, at our stage in Lincoln Park, Rock Island

Special thanks to Augustana College for sharing the use of their indoor space for our weekday auditions so that we have fewer chances for weather disruptions!

2023 Season

Shakespeare: Two Gentlemen of Verona
June 10, 11, 17, 18

Euripides: Iphigenia in Aulis
June 24, 25; July 1, 2

Shakespeare: Othello
July 8, 9, 15, 16

Aristophanes: The Wasps
July 22, 23, 29, 30

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.