Moraine Valley Community College is hosting its 20th season of free Shakespeare Under the Stars performances with “King Lear,” from July 18 to 20, at 7 p.m., and July 21 at 5 p.m., on the main campus, 9000 W. College Parkway in Palos Hills. The outdoor performances will be on the Gateway, between Buildings M and F.

This summer’s play by the Bard is a tragedy that follows the story of King Lear, who divides his kingdom between his two daughters who flatter him while banishing the youngest daughter who loves him but cannot voice it and is therefore misunderstood. He ultimately is rejected by the older daughters and goes mad. His banished daughter returns with an army to fight for him, but they later fall in battle.

The cast includes:

King Lear – Dan Scott, of Chicago

Cordelia – Valerie Triolo, of Tinley Park

Goneril – Jocelyn Adamski, of Winfield

Regan – Diana Christine, of Orland Park

Glouster – Kevin Trudeau, of Chicago

Edgar – Brian Walsh, of Chicago

Edmund – Cameron Chamberlain, of Burr Ridge

Kent – Pam Bagdzinski, of Chicago

Albany – Austin Lutvi, of Burbank

Cornwall – Michael Kocher, of Homewood

Fool – Elaina Dague, of Homewood

Oswald/King of France – Will Witry, of Chicago

Duke of Burgundy – Aidan McGuire, of Orland Park

Doctor/Old Man – Michael Deprist Reed, of Robbins

First Gentleman – Gracie Polchan, of Justice

Knight/Curan – Luke Wlazlo, of Orland Park

First Servant – Stephanie Zaragoza, of Blue Island

First Captain/Messenger – Beranita Jones, of Chicago Ridge

Herold – Natalie Cross, of Summit


Bring your own chairs, blankets and refreshments, but alcohol is not allowed. In the event of rain, the show will be moved inside the Fine and Performing Arts Center. For more information, call (708) 974-5500 or email


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