North Lakeside Players







The Love Story of John Keats and Fanny Brawne

Adapted for the stage and directed by Frank Farrell from the novel by Joan Rees
Costumes Designed by Andrea Pakieser 
7 Performances in February 2010 

"Bright Star is a lovely play in a lovely setting, well worth the modest ticket price... I would gladly have heard more of Joe Ciresi's beautifully expressive recitations as John Keats.”

Chicago Theatre Blog


"…one is taken from room to room at the historic North Lakeside Cultural Center, ultimately experiencing a production rich in spatial  significance…Farrell’s obvious love for his material presents itself with his clear, consise story telling laden with some truly effective humor.”

Chicago Free Press

Performances will take place on the first and second floors of the Gunder Mansion, which houses the North Lakeside Cultural Center at 6219 N. Sheridan Rd. in Chicago.

Fridays and Saturdays, February 5, 12, 13, 19 & 20 at 8 pm.  
Sundays, February 7 & 21 at 2 pm.
FOR RESERVATIONS call 773-293-1358 or email nlpnlcc@yahoo.com
General Admission is $20. Admission for Seniors and Children under 12 is $15.


Doors to the Gunder Mansion are opened 30 minutes prior to the 8 pm and 2 pm starting times for Bright Star.
Bright Star by John Keats
Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art--
Not in lone splendor hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth's human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors--
No--yet still steadfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever--or else swoon to death.
This production is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency and by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs CityArts.