What’s Cooking in the Park: 8/13 – 8-16

Photo by Rick Malkin / NSF

Shakespeare in the Park at Nashville’s Centennial Park Bandshell. Photo by Rick Malkin / NSF

Opening weekend of Shakespeare in the Park 2015 is finally here! This year’s production, Henry V, directed by frequent NSF collaborator Nat McIntyre (Seen onstage with us as Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Iago in Othello, and The Dukes in As You Like It) is set in the last days of the Civil War. A divided Tennessee family is reunited, and enemies come together to enact Shakespeare’s play about the young king of England who earned the trust of his army and his country and restored hope for the future. Over the next five weekends, we invite you to join us in Nashville’s Centennial Park as we reflect on the American Civil War, using the very words that Shakespeare wrote over 400 years ago.

In addition to our production of Henry V at 7:30 p.m., 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 Henry V 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:

Talking Shakespeare

Photo by Rick Malkin.

Photo by Rick Malkin.

“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!

On Saturday, August 15, we are thrilled to welcome author Robert Hicks as our special guest speaker. Robert Hicks is the author of The New York Times Bestseller The Widow of the South and has played a major role in preserving the historic Carnton mansion, a focal point in the Battle of Franklin.

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!

Apprentice Company Reunion

Are you a former ApCo member? Join us Saturday night, August 15th, at the park for our annual ApCo reunion! Come join us for pre-show fun and games at Shakespeare in the Park while cheering on this year’s crew. Email Education Director Nettie Kraft at nettie@nashvilleshakes.org if you plan on attending and will be bringing guests so we know how many blankets to put out for you.

Pre-show Entertainment

This weekend, as with all upcoming weekends, we’ll be joined in the park by some wonderfully talented musicians. The Princely Players will be joining us onstage nightly during Henry V. In the tradition of The Fisk Jubilee Singers, they use folk music, spirituals and prose to tell stories about African-American enslavement and liberation. The eight members met in the 1960s as students at Cameron High School in Nashville, and have won numerous awards and performed at venues such as The Ryman, Yale University and The Smithsonian Institution. We recommend checking them out. So, who’s going to be delighting you at the park this week?

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

Photo by Rick Mailkin.

Photo by Rick Mailkin.

Thursday 8/13
Adam Burrows

Friday 8/14
Harlow and the Wager

Saturday 8/15
I Madrigali

Sunday 8/16
Yancy & Yancy

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. They’re there to help you out with all your picnic needs (and subsidize the picnic stuffs you brought yourself). If you’re joining us at the park for opening weekend, check out who’s going to be at the park while you’re there. If you’re merely thinking about joining us (or wondering if you should wait until a later weekend), peruse the whole list. Who knows? You might find something to entice you to come on down!

Crepe A Diem. Photo by Rick Malkin.

Crepe A Diem. Photo by Rick Malkin.

Thursday 8/13
Jeni’s Ice Cream
Lil Choo Choo BBQ
Moosehead Kettle Corn
Music City Pie Co.

Friday 8/14
Crepe A Diem
Deg Thai
Jeni’s Ice Cream
Lil Choo Choo BBQ
Moosehead Kettle Corn

Saturday 8/15
Deg Thai
Jeni’s Ice Cream
King Tut’s
Lil Choo Choo BBQ
Moosehead Kettle Corn

Sunday 8/16
Deg Thai
Jeni’s Ice Cream
King Tut’s
Lil Choo Choo BBQ
Moosehead Kettle Corn

Stop by, grab a snack and say hello! See you at the park!

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

Henry V will run through September 13th at Centennial Park in Nashville. More info here.

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