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A world-premiere play about the historic city of champions.

Written by DeAsia Paige • Coming 2025

Shakespeare in the Streets is a theatrical experience that combines the history of one St. Louis community with a Shakespeare play. Previously explored histories include Old North, Maplewood, the Grove, Cherokee Street, The Ville and Bevo Mill.

This year’s project honors the historic East St. Louis neighborhood. Known as the City of Champions, it’s home to Olympic Gold Medalist Jackie Joyner-Kerse, jazz legend Miles Davis, global dance phenomenon Katherine Dunham and many more artists, poets, and athletes.

The new play will be inspired by stories of people of EST, and performed on stage in the streets in 2025.

Get Involved!

Share your East St. Louis story with us by:

  • leaving a voicemail at 314-433-5438
  • emailing Allie Magee at
  • completing the form below, and we’ll contact you to arrange an interview.