A Persephone Pageant

Directed by Jessica Thebus and Thom Pasculli
from Executive Producer Tria Smith
Music by Mark Messing
Stilt Choreography by Kristina Isabelle
with original text by Sarah Ruhl and Morgan McNaught
and created with the Walkabout Ensemble

Celebrate summer with A PERSEPHONE PAGEANT, an outdoor, family-friendly performance weaving together mythic tales of nature gods and true stories of environmental justice. Join us for an immersive spectacle exploring the Great Lakes, their history with Chicago, and the great victories and challenges associated with their preservation. 


Meet The Activists of A PERSEPHONE PAGEANT


In A PERSEPHONE PAGEANT we find ourselves in a mythical world that directly parallels our own: Persephone as Lake Michigan, Demeter as Land, and Hades as Man’s Creations. What happens when Man’s Creations usurp and consume the water, and we the people disrupt the relationship between water and land?

A PERSEPHONE PAGEANT is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series and is supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan. Now in its fourth year, the 2016 Night Out in the Parks series will host over 1,200 cultural events and programs at more than 250 neighborhood parks throughout the city, making community parks a safe haven and hubs of activity. Projects will vary from traditional performances and concerts, to movies, peace rallies, community workshops, nature based programs, dance pieces, festivals, and more. The Chicago Park District has partnered with more than 120 arts and community organizations to expand and produce this successful initiative.


3 FREE Performances w/ Night Out in the Parks
Sunday, August 20 at 6 pm
Smith Park, 2526 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

Saturday, August 26 at 6 pm 
Rainbow Beach Park, 2873 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60649

Sunday, August 27 at 6 pm
Walsh Playground Park 1722 N. Ashland Ave, Chicago

A Persephone Project Benefit Performance
Saturday, September 2 at 6 pm
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

At the Ragdale Ring Unveiling
Saturday, September 16 at 6 pm
Ragdale Foundation