Walking Plays at The Morton Arboretum


Schedule and Location

Select Weekends:
July, August, and October, 2018
Thornhill Shelter (Parking Lot 21)

Walk along with the action of your favorite literary tales performed live among 1,700 acres of trees and beautiful landscapes. All Walking Plays are approximately 90 minutes in length and will not exceed 2 miles in hiking distance.

2018 Season:

The Brothers Grimm Woodland Tales
July 7, 15, 22, 28 and August 11, 12, 18, 19
6:00 p.m.
The Brothers Grimm emerge from past to tell their favorite stories in fast-paced, interactive and hilarious fashion. Using only the suitcases they arrive with, their wit and a little help from the crowd, classics come to life among the trees. These plays are suitable for all ages. The Brothers Grimm are sure to inspire the next generation of storytellers and writers, by highlighting the importance of oral tradition and its connection to modern entertainment. These stories also magnify the many woodland settings and connections to nature in their tales. Join this energetic, silly, smart duo as they lead you on an unforgettable adventure!

The Grimmest of Ghost Tales
October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21
3:00 p.m.
The Brothers Grimm return to the woods to delve deeper into the darker side of some of their classic tales. Many of their collection of stories were changed over the years to bring a "happy ending" to the characters. However, with the falling leaves and cooler, spookier days of autumn on the horizon, the Brothers give in to the season and bring to life some of the scarier versions of their tales. As always, The Brothers Grimm fast-paced, interactive style is sure to delight, but in these tellings they will also fright!

*Fall weekends are popular days for visitation. Please allow up to 45 minutes to park and get to where the hike commences (Thornhill Shelter, Parking Lot 21).



Each month the Arboretum will offer a Low Impact Hike. Low Impact hikes are designed for guests with lower mobility; the hike covers a much shorter distance, and tries to stay near paved paths wherever possible. This year's dates are August 12 and October 7.

Each month The Morton Arboretum will feature an American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation performance.  This year's dates are July 15, August 19, October 6, October 21.

If you require additional accommodations, please contact us at specialevents@mortonarb.org at least two weeks prior to the program date and we will do our best to try and accommodate.  

Fees and Admission

Adult $15.00 member/$20.00nonmember
Child $10.00 member/$15.00 nonmember

Registration Information

BY PHONE: 630-725-2066, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours



All Walking Plays are written by Lara Filip and performed by members of the ArranmoreArts Professional Ensemble

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This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency

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