Free Theater in Eagan Caponi Art Park
Photo: Russ Borud

Photo: Russ Borud

Join us on June 12 at 6:30 pm as we celebrate the
Life and Legacy of our Founder Anthony (Tony) Caponi with words by family and friends and a concert by the Minnesota Sinfonia

Summer Performance Series:

When: Sundays at 6:30 p.m. June through August
Where: Caponi Art Park's Theater in the Woods, 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan
Cost: $5/person donation (no one will be turned away)

Presented against a backdrop of earthworks and majestic oaks in the Theater in the Woods amphitheater, the series features five nights of performances from the traditional to the more avant garde held June to August. Arrive early and explore the Sculpture Garden and walking trails.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and spend a Sunday evening with friends and family enjoying art, nature and the region's finest performers in our outdoor amphitheater.

Show Your Support:
New this year we are asking our patrons to show their support for the Summer Performance Series by donating $5 per person at the gate. While the series receives funding from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council this grant covers less the 25% of the cost of the program. Still our mission is to make the arts accessible to all and no one will be turned away.

Series Schedule:


Grab the kids, pack a picnic, spread a blanket and enjoy Shakespeare as he was originally performed: outside, by sweaty men, in women's clothing! Be to not! Or be to!

Three guys in tights will take on The Bard in an unprecedented attempt to perform all 37 of Shakespeare's Immortal Works in just 97 minutes! As much a weight loss program as a piece of theater, this rollicking, madcap, romp through the entire canon of the greatest of all dead, English, playwrights who lived in Stratford but worked mostly in London before catching a cold and shuffling off this mortal coil leaving behind a very angry wife in a second hand bed will have you screaming with laughter and begging for more!!

July 10 -- Voice of Culture Drum and Dance with Auntie Beverly the Storyteller

Coming from the oral tradition of West African and Black American, Auntie Beverly is joined by the young griots (oral historians in the Western and Black American artistic traditions) of Voice of Culture to present a program of drum, dance, song, and story. Everyone will find some aspect to enjoy, from energetic African dance to deep and evocative stories with a message

July 24 -- The High 48's - Traditional bluegrass with a modern attitude

Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs.

In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are a band of songwriters who perform their own material in addition to the “festival favorites.”

August 7 -- Mu Daiko - Japanese Drumming     

With origins spanning nearly 1,000 years of Japanese history, taiko drumming now reaches around the globe as one of the most recognizable – and most exciting– representations of Japanese culture in the world. “Taiko” is the Japanese word for “big drum,” and is now also used in North America to describe a style of group performance derived from traditional Japanese drumming and martial arts-inspired movement.

Mu Daiko performs a variety of traditional and contemporary works, ranging from traditional taiko repertoire to original pieces composed by its members. The group regularly premieres new work at its annual performances, continuing to stretch the boundaries of the art form and contributing to the innovation of American taiko.

August 21-- Donald Giovanni in Cornlandia: A Picnic Operetta

Republican candidates converge on a small agrarian town in Middle America. Real Estate tycoon Donald Giovanni and his campaign staff have left a trail of broken hearts and broken promises in their attempt to woo voters. Now a strange super natural force has been ignited to bring him down. It's a mix of Mozart, 80s pop and hair bands! Tasty, garden fresh bites will be served throughout the show to celebrate harvest and campaign fever!

Mixed Precipitation is a performance company exploring text, space and form with festive theatrical events that inspire social engagement.
Their signature event, the picnic operetta, is a lively theater experience they tour to community gardens and other green spaces throughout the Twin Cities metro. A five-course tasting menu of locally grown, performance-inspired delicacies is served during the show. They bring together classical music, horticulture, food, and storytelling into a celebration of the urban eco-system.

Parking & Event Details
In addition to our main parking lot at 1220 Diffley Road, performance parking is available at the Lexington-Diffley Athletic fields (unless noted). Banners and signs will be posted. Walking distance to amphitheater is a hilly 5-minute hike from either entrance. Golf carts are available to transport guests with mobility needs.

Picnic baskets and dogs are welcomed (unless noted). Portable grills are not allowed. Picnic tables are located within the Art Park, but not near the amphitheater.

Larger groups, including childcare centers, schools, scout troops, and service groups, must call ahead for space availability, fees and parking information.



These activities are made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council from from an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature.

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