What’s Cooking in the Park: 8/28 – 9/1

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Photo by Rick Malkin Photography for NSF

It’s time for the third weekend of Shakespeare in the Park! This weekend is a special one because it’s Labor Day weekend, that means there will be a special Monday showing of As You Like It. That means you have 5 opportunities to come see us in the park this weekend! Who else is gonna be there? Lots of fun people, a few dogs and some great vendors and talented musicians.

Here’s what’s cooking this weekend:

Pre-show Entertainment

This weekend, as with all upcoming weekends, we’ll be joined in the park by some wonderfully talented musicians (and we mean besides the amazing musicians who accompany David Olney and our cast every night). Who’s going to be serenading you this week?

All pre-show performances begin at 6:30 p.m

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Photo by Rick Malkin for NSF

8/28 
Randy Lancaster

8/29
The Mables

8/30
Plaidgrass

8/31
Bill Crosby

9/1
Say No More It’s Freddy Labour

Many of these musicians will have music available in the Nashville Shakes tent during their performances. They’re all performing in the park for free, so if you like what you hear, support them!

Food Vendors

We like to see what people pull out of their picnic baskets every night at the park, but just because you can bring your own food, doesn’t mean you have too. Every weekend, we’re joined in the park by several food vendors. What will you find to snack on this weekend?

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Lil’ Choo Choo BBQ
Moosehead Kettle Corn
Crepe A Diem

8/29
Lil’ Choo Choo BBQ
Moosehead Kettle Corn
Crepe A Diem
King Tut’s

8/30
Lil’ Choo Choo BBQ
Moosehead Kettle Corn
Deg Thai
Slow Hand Coffee Truck

8/31
Lil’ Choo Choo BBQ
Moosehead Kettle Corn
Music City Pie Co.
Retro Sno

9/1
Lil’ Choo Choo BBQ
Moosehead Kettle Corn

See you at the park!

Side Note: We will be catering a picnic for our Royal Box VIPs every night. Not a VIP? You can be! Find out how to experience Shakespeare in the Park in style.

As You Like It will run through September 14th at Centennial Park in Nashville. More info here.

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Tennessee and the Great Depression: A Brief History

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Photo by Jeff Frazier for NSF

In Shakespeare’s As You Like It, the noble Duke Senior and his friends have been pushed out of their places, which took our Artistic Director’s imagination to the American Great Depression. Our country was beset with hard times in the 1930’s. So many people lost their homes, jobs and wealth. Others were challenged by greed and corruption. Frivolous comedies of the era, were designed to lift the general spirits, so we’ve set our “Forest of Arden” in an idyllic tent city outside of Nashville where peace and equality reign and everyone is a friend. The course of the play replaces despair with joy, idleness with song and dance, anger and frustration with love. 

The 1930’s were a time of resilience and progressive thinking for us. But it was also a time of great hardship and we believe it’s important to remember the past in order to look forward into the future. The following is a brief look at Tennessee and the Great Depression, an excerpt from our As You Like It Educator’s Guidebook. Continue reading

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What’s Cooking in the Park: 8/21 – 8/24

Photo by Rick Malkin for NSF

Photo by Rick Malkin for NSF

“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:

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We’re “Talking Shakespeare” Every Night in the Park

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Photo by Rick Malkin for NSF. 

We have a new nightly program in the park! “Talking Shakespeare” is a pre-show conversation opportunity organized by Belmont University’s Marcia McDonald with the aim to help you find out about this year’s play, to ask questions and exchange ideas about Shakespeare, and gain new ideas from faculty who love teaching and talking about Shakespeare. Whether this is your first time at Shakespeare in the Park or your 25th, if you are intrigued by all things Shakespearean or think understanding Shakespeare is a challenge, this pre-show talk is for you!

Come to the TOUT (“The Onward and Upward Tent”) in back of the seating area from 6-6:30pm before each performance to ask questions, join in discussion and learn something new about Shakespeare!

Discussion leaders: Shakespeare scholars and teachers from various universities

Leah Marcus, Vanderbilt University
Mickey Wadia, Austin Peay State University
Jayme Yeo, Belmont University
Wayne Garrett, Lipscomb University
Jane Wanninger, Vanderbilt University
Deann Armstrong, Vanderbilt University
Marcia McDonald, Belmont University

We’ll see you in the park!

Shakespeare in the Park will run Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through September 14th. For more details, visit our website.

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Shakespeare on the Road rolls into Nashville this weekend

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All summer you have heard us talking about the “Shakespeare on the Road” team coming to Nashville from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, and the time of their arrival is upon us!

The Shakespeare on the Road travelers will visit The Nashville Shakespeare Festival  this weekend, August 23-25th, 2014, as part of a 60-day, 10,000-mile road trip to 14 Shakespeare festivals in the U.S. and Canada. The trip will celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.

The team is gathering material for a book, podcasts and a radio program and mapping the trip on the Shakespeare on the Road website through interviews, photos and short blogs. While at NSF, they will see As You Like It (twice!), tour Nashville, and meet with various NSF partners. We’d also love to have them meet YOU, the best audience in the world! So join us this weekend as we welcome the Shakespeare on the Road team to Nashville! Continue reading

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What’s Cooking at the Park: 8/14 – 8/17

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Photo by Rick Malkin for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival

Opening weekend of Shakespeare in the Park 2014 is finally here! This year’s production, As You Like It, directed by NSF Artistic Director Denice Hicks, is inspired by the optimistic comedies of the 1930s, and set during the Great Depression. Over the next five weekends, we invite you to join the actors in our version of a “Tent City” (located in the heart of Nashville’s Centennial Park), where even in the toughest times, songs are sung, stories are told and there’s always time for a little buck dancing. Because even in the toughest times, love prevails.

In addition to our production of As You Like It at 7:30 p.m. (with a prelude at 7:20), we’re joined at the park every night by a variety of different food vendors and serenaded every evening at 6:30 p.m. by one of Nashville’s many talented performers. Know you want to come see As You Like It on this opening weekend (and we recommend it…there tends to be fewer people opening weekend which means better seats), but having trouble deciding which night? You can cater the night to your liking by checking out the Pre-Show entertainment AND Vendor schedules each week. Make the night everything you want it to be!

So, here’s what’s cooking this weekend:

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NSF to Host Shakespeare on the Road

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Scholars and lovers of Shakespeare will be traveling this summer from England to America to study why Shakespeare is so popular here, and the Nashville Shakespeare Festival is on their list of places to visit!

Nashville Shakes will host four Shakespeare on the Road travelers August 23-24, 2014, as part of the group’s 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. During their Nashville visit, Shakespeare on the Road members will get an in-depth look at NSF, both on stage and behind the scenes, as well as explore the country side of Nashville. Continue reading

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