Artistic Director Paul Susi

Dear Beloved Audience,

This past year has been a tremendous year of growth for Portland Actors Ensemble / Shakespeare in the Parks. We’ve welcomed new friends and loyal comrades alike to some of the most glorious outdoor, unconventional performance spaces in the Portland area, for a historic 49th consecutive season of free, courageous classical theater.

Combined, Romeo and Juliet and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Revised) saw over 8,000 audience members (conservative estimate)! We also branched out into bars and other venues, with ambitious plans to reach out to schools, prisons, homeless shelters and others.

In our upcoming 50th consecutive season, we have an ambitious program of plays, readings, and other performances planned. Our Twilight Tragedie series continues to be anchored in the historic Lone Fir Cemetery, courtesy of our unique and exciting partnership with Metro. This year, we’re proud to present King Lear, directed by Patrick Walsh (previous PAE directing credits include Taming of the Shrew and Troilus and Cressida). Our Summer Tour will be an anniversary production of As You Like It, director TBD, touring to a mix of old and new public venues, before closing on Labor Day Weekend at Reed College.

Portland Actors Ensemble / Shakespeare in the Parks is a unique treasure of this community. Shakespeare has always been a gateway to a vast universe of possibilities in poetry, imagination and self-discovery for many, many generations. If you believe in this mission and if you want to help make this possible for another 50 seasons, please consider donating today! You may give online at http://www.portlandactors.com/support-free-shakespeare/ or send a donation to us at Portland Actors Ensemble: PO Box 8671, Portland OR 97207.

Thank you all for your continuing support and patronage. It’s a privilege to serve this audience, unique for your diversity, your passion and your generosity towards Portland artists. We’ll see you outside this summer, where together we will find “…books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.”

Best,

Paul J. Susi, Artistic Director

If you make a gift to Portland Actors Ensemble and you make the same gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust, you can get 100% tax credit on your gift to the Trust. You end up supporting arts and culture in the state andyou get your money back on your state taxes. To find out more, visit www.cultural trust.org. Thank you!

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