New season, new month, new Shakespeare happenings! Summer might be waning, but Shakespeare performance is still ongoing. Here are some productions opening (and closing!) soon.
Adaptations: Here are some non-traditional Shakespeare happenings I recommend.
Ballet Memphis is opening their production of Mark Godden’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The venue is outside under the stars and runs for an hour. There will be activities for little ones, and all in all the production sounds like a perfect end of summer treat. The show runs on September 6th, rain date September 7th.
As part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre will open their production of iHamlet by Robin Malan. Described as “Hamlet crystallized, Hamlet himself, by himself, being himself, speaking himself, revealing himself through the medium of one actor”, the production focuses on the lines of the titular character. I’ve always enjoyed Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s productions, and I also recommend their education workshops and programs.
Grand Opening: A new home for Shakespeare in Baltimore!
Chesapeake Shakespeare opens their new space in downtown Baltimore with a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 15th and other festivities throughout the month. Their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will also open in late September in the new space starting off their “Season for Celebration”.
Upcoming Productions: More Pericles! More pirates!
North Carolina Stage Company will close their production of Pericles on September 14th. Honestly, Pericles is one of my favorite shows (as you may have noticed I feature productions of it often) it has adventure, shipwreck, pirates(!), and romance, so catch it when and where you can if you have never seen it. NC Stage describes their production as text focused and a bold and playful adventure story–everything that a production of Pericles should be.
The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia will also be opening Pericles as part of their Fall season in a few weeks, but for now, you can catch previews of their Method in Madness Tour at the Blackfriars Playhouse featuring productions of Hamlet (more pirates!), Much Ado About Nothing, and Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus from September 3rd through the 10th. Their production of Hamlet actually comes in two versions–Folio and Quarto–with certain scenes (namely the famous “To be or not to be” speech) coming at different points in the action. Don’t worry if you can’t make it down to Staunton in the next week–the shows will be on tour for the rest of the year until returning to the Blackfriars to be in residence for their Spring season.
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