One look at Mayslake Hall on the Peabody estate in a DuPage County forest preserve is enough to wonder if its forbidding atmosphere outside pervades the halls inside.
Theater goers will find out when First Folio Theatre performs “Searching for Peabody’s Tomb,” an original theater experience by Chrissie Howorth that runs Oct. 19-31.
Along with being the 1920’s mansion of coal baron Francis S. Peabody and on an estate that is now the Mayslake Forest Preserve, Mayslake Hall is home to First Folio Theatre, a company that performs Shakespeare and other classics.
The estate’s other life was as a retreat and a retirement home for Franciscan monks from 1925 to 1991 when it was sold to the DuPage County Forest Preserve.
First Folio usually does shows outdoors, in the library or the Great Hall. However, for “Peabody’s Tomb,” the company will take audiences on a historic journey through the mansion. Directed by Alison C. Vesely, the show will move through the rooms to encounter spirits from the mansion’s past.
“This is not a haunted house but rather an eerie homage to both Mr. Peabody and the Franciscan monks who lived here,” said Howorth.
“For decades, residents of the western suburbs have tried to delve into the corners of the estate on dark evenings in an effort to test the truth of the ghost rumors,” she said. “Now they have a chance to experience the mansion for themselves at the perfect time of the year for apparitions to manifest themselves.”
Details: Tickets: $10. Running time is 20 minutes every half hour, 7 to10:30 p.m. Reservations suggested. Call 630-986-8067. Minimum age 12 but recommended for age 14 and older.
First Folio Theatre, Mayslake Hall, Mayslake Peabody Estate 1717 31st Street at Illinois Highway 83, Oakbrook, IL.
For another scary month theater option visit “Night of the Living Dead”