A Midsummer Night's Dream, Aug 23-24, 3PM in Washington Park

Performances are NOT IN THE AMPITHEATER.  They will be held just a few yards north of the Holocaust Memorial, near where SW Wright Ave and SW Washington Way meet.  See the schedule pages for a map. Plenty of good shade!

Sunday’s performance will be ASL interpreted!


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A Midsummer Night's Dream, Now Playing

45th annual Shakespeare-in-the-Parks
Only three weekends remaining:

August 23  Washington Park    3 pm
August 24* Washington Park   3 pm
August 30  Reed College           3 pm
August 31  Reed College           3 pm
September 1 Reed College          3 pm
*American Sign Language interpreted

See the show schedule for specific locations within the parks.


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45th Annual Shakespeare-in-the-Parks:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

July 12 – September 1, 2014

Directed by Douglas Lay

All Shows are FREE

Saturday and Sunday afternoons, unless noted, plus Labor Day


The Play’s the Thing, since 1970.  We are proud to be one of the longest-operating theatre groups in the city. Forty-five seasons is a lot of free theatre.  See pictures from old shows, find out about the casts and crews, and learn more about our history and mission here.


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2014 Show Schedule