Spoon River House Festival

Spoon River House Festival

Come to the Hyde Park house where Edgar Lee Masters wrote the classic Spoon River Anthology. Three shows take place and are repeated over the weekend in a festival celebrating this iconic work from the 1910s. Let the ghost of Edgar Lee Masters take you on an imagined journey to Spoon River, Illinois!

Spoon River Characters—selected readings by leading lights of Chicago’s theatre community, directed by Iris Lieberman.
Spoon River Classical—song settings by composer Lita Grier and art songs from the period, curated by Carl Ratner, with pianist and music director Dana Brown, soprano Michelle Areyzaga, narrator Paul Geiger as Edgar Lee Masters, and others to be announced.
Spoon River Cabaret—Claudia Hommel, Barbara Smith, Ruth Fuerst, among others, choose favorite characters and the songs they would have sung had they lived long enough!