“In a week that has brought such distressing and heartbreaking news, it seems only fitting that audiences should retreat to Centennial Park for a much-needed respite. As we are reminded by Shakespeare’s timeless comedy, the forest — and indeed theater itself — can provide healing and a renewed sense of optimism. And in these troubled times, that’s something we all could use.” — Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean [full review]
Thank you to the almost 2,000 people who came out for our opening weekend of Shakespeare in the Park! For those of you that missed it, don’t worry, you still have four weekends to come see As You Like It and play and sing with us! In addition to some great food trucks and musicians, this weekend is particularly exciting because we will be joined by a few friends from across the pond: The Shakespeare on the Road team from Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-Upon-Avon and Warwick University!
The Shakespeare on the Road travelers are: Dr. Paul Edmondson, head of research and knowledge at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon; Dr. Paul Prescott, reader in English at the University of Warwick; AJ Leon, founder of Misfit, Inc.; and Melissa Leon, chief of staff at Misfit, Inc. They will be visiting The Nashville Shakespeare Festival this weekend as part of a 60-day, 10,000-mile road trip to 14 Shakespeare festivals in the U.S. and Canada to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. The team is gathering material for a book, podcasts and a radio program so come help us welcome them to Nashville!
So, here’s what’s cooking this weekend: