A rich history...

Celebrating 45 years


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Children's auditions

We need kids from 6-16 to play Titania’s Fairies.  Informational meeting on May 3.

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10th Annual Twilight Tragedie:

Antony & Cleopatra

June 19 – July 26, 2014

Directed by Elizabeth Huffman

All Shows are FREE

Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings, unless noted

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

2003 Midsummer


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.


View calendar events for the 2014 season, information on individual shows, synopses, cast and crew information, tipss for attending outdoor Shakespeare, FAQ’s, and weather policy.  If you have questions about a show, look here first.

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2014 Show Schedule