Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0488. Friday, 28 June 1996.
Date: Friday, June 28, 1996
Subject: *SNL* Spring 1996, Shakespeare Summer Festivals
I am posting the 1996 Shakespeare Summer Festivals list that I compile for
*The Shakespeare Newsletter*. This list will appear shortly in the Spring
1996 issue. Although it is too late now for further inclusions, if you are
associated with a festival or attend a festival I have not listed, please send
me that festival's address so that I can include it in next year's list.
Shakespeare Summer Festivals 1996
Compiled by Hardy M. Cook
Bowie State University
ACTORS' THEATRE, 1000 City Park, Columbus, OH 43206. (614) 444- 6888. 15th
Season. Patricia B. Ellson, Artistic Director. June 12-Aug. 31. Rom. (Phil
Kilbourne) June 12-29; My Fair Lady July 10-Aug. 3; Tit. (Jim Harbour) Aug.
ALABAMA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, 1 Festival Drive, Montgomery, AL 36117-4605.
(334) 271-5300. 25th Season. Kent Thompson, Artistic Director. Feb. 27-July 21.
In repertory Rom. March 5-July 20; WT March 26-July 21; MWW May 28-July 19.
Also The Ladies of the Camellias, To Kill a Mockinbird, Ain't Got Long to Stay
Here, Lizard, and School for Scandal.
AMERICAN PLAYERS THEATRE, P.O. Box 819, Spring Green, WI 53588. (608) 588-2361.
17th Season. June 13-Oct. 6. David Frank, Artistic Director. In repertory:
The Misanthrope (opens June 21); The Country Wife (opens June 29); MWW (opens
June 29); MM (opens Aug. 10); Rom. (opens Sept. 14).
BARD ON THE BEACH, 510 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, BC V6B 1L8. (604) 739-0559.
7th Season. Christopher Gaze, Artistic Director. June 11-Sept. 22. Ado
(Douglas Campbell); MV (Douglas Campbell). Located under the "big red tent" in
Vanier Park with a stunning backdrop of mountain, city, and sky.
CALIFORNIA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, 2531 Ninth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710. (510)
548-3422. 23rd Season. Joe Vincent, Artistic Director. June 15-Oct. 6. MWW
(Robert Kelley) June 15-July 28; H5 (James Bundy) July 6-Aug. 3; TN (Joe
Vincent) Aug. 10-Sept 7; MM (Michael Addison) Sept. 14-Oct. 6. Performances
outdoors at Bruns Memorial Amphitheatre, Orinda.
COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, University of Colorado - Boulder, P.O. Box 460,
Boulder, CO 80309-0460. (303) 492-0554. 39th Season. Richard M. Devin,
Producing Artistic Director. June 28-Aug. 18. In repertory: MND (Joel Fink); MV
(Susan Gregg); Oth. (Ken Frankel); Moliere's The Miser (John Dennis).
GEORGIA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, 4484 Peachtree Rd., N.E., Atlanta, GA 30319.
(404) 264-0020. 11th Season. Richard Garner, Producing Director. June 14-Aug.
11. In repertory: a world premiere of a musical adaptation of TN; Tro.;
Moliere's The Bourgeois Gentleman; Ammerman's Booth, Brother Booth.
Performances in 400-seat air-cooled tent theatre. Pre-show activities and
HOUSTON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, University of Houston School of Theatre, Houston,
TX 77204-5071. (713) 743-3003. 22th Season. Sidney Berger, Producing Director.
Aug. 2-Aug. 17. Mac. (Sidney Berger); WT (Beth Stanford). Outdoors in Miller
Outdoor Theatre, Hermann Park.
HUDSON VALLEY SHAKSPEARE FESTIVAL, 137 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY 10516.
(914) 265-7858 (office), (914) 265-9575 (box office). 10th Season. Terrence
O'Brien, Artistic Director; Susan Landstreet, Managing Director. June 26-Aug.
18. MND (June 26- Aug. 4); LLL (July 25-Aug. 18). All performances take place
in a tent-theater on the grounds of Boscobel Restoration, a Hudson River estate
in Garrison, New York, approximately 50 miles north of New York City.
IDAHO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, P.O. Box 9365, Boise, ID 83707. (208) 336-9221.
20th Season. Charles Fee, Artistic Director. June 27- Sept. 21. The Complete
Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) by Jess Borgeson, Adam Long, and Daniel
Singer (Charles Fee) June 27-Aug. 30; MWW (Sari Ketter) June 27-Aug. 31; Tmp.
(Bart Sher) July 18-Sept. 1; TN (Charles Fee) Aug. 1-Sept. 21.
KENTUCKY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, 1114 South Third St., Louisville, KY 40203.
(502) 583-8738. Curt L. Tofteland, Producing Director. June 6-July 21. TGV
(Curt L. Tofteland) opens June 6; H5 (Drew Fracher) opens July 5; Pantalone
Gets His! (Brandi J. Smith) opens June 13.
MARIN SHAKSPEARE COMPANY, P.O. Box 4053, San Rafael, CA 94913. (415) 499-1108.
7th Season. Robert S. Currier, Artistic Director. July 20-Sept. 22. MND
(Robert S. Currier) July 20- Agu. 11; Peter Pan (Robert S. Currier) Aug.
24-Sept. 22. Performances in the sylvan Forest Meadows Amphitheatre in San
MONTANA SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS, Department of Media and Theatre, Montana
State University, Bozeman, MT 59717-0400. (406) 994-3901/5885. 24th Season.
Joel Jahnke, Artistic Director. June 21-Sept. 10. JC and Shaw's You Never Can
Tell; 78 performances in 56 communities, touring in parks throughout Montana,
Cody, Lovell, & Sheridan WY, and Salmon, ID. Features 16 shows in Bozeman with
evening shows outside under lights and Saturday matinees.
NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: Shakespeare in the Park, 2814 12th Avenue
South, Nashville, TN 37204. (615) 292-2273. 9th Season. Aug. 2-31. JC
NEBRASKA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, c/o Department of Fine and Performing Arts,
Creighton University, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE 68178. (402) 280-2391.
10th Season. Cindy Phaneuf, Artistic Director. June through early July. H5
(John Ahlin) and Shr. (Cindy Phaneuf) June 20-23, 27-30, July 4-7.
NEW JERSEY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, NJ
07940 (201) 408-3278. 34th Season. Bonnie J. Monte, Artistic Director. TGV
(Robert Duke, dir.; Adapted by John Guare and Mel Shapiro; Lyrics by John
Guare; Music by Gait MacDermot) May 22-June 15; Our Town (Dylan Baker) June
19-July 6; R3 (Daniel Fish) July 10-27; WT (Scott Wentworth) July 31-Aug. 17;
Anouih's Leocadia (Bonnie J. Monte) Aug. 21-Sept. 7. Annual Shakespeare
Colloquium July 20-21.
NORTH CAROLINA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, P.O. Box 6066, High Point, NC 27262-6066.
(910) 887-3001 (Ticket Office), (910) 841-2273 (Administrative Office). 20th
Season. Louis Rackoff, Artistic Director. Thomas G. Gaffney, Managing Director.
Aug. 17-Oct. 12. In repertory: TN, Wt, and Cyrano de Bergerac. 600 seat
theatre. Outreach Tours.
OLD GLOBE THEATRE, P.O. Box 2171, San Diego, CA 92112. (619) 239- 2255. Jack
O'Brien, Artistic Director. June 30-Oct. 5. Shr. (James Dunn) June 30- Aug.
10; Mac. (TBA) Aug. 25-Oct. 5.
OKLAHOMA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL. P.O. Box 1074, Durant, OK 74702. (405)
924-0121 (extension 2217). 17th Season. Molly Risso, Artistic Director. June
28-July 28. Mac. (John Addison) July 19, 23, 27; MND Dinner Theatre (James
Serpento) July 12, 13, 25, 28; The Sound of Music (Molly Risso) July 18, 21,
24, 26; Children's Theatre Workshop (Riley Risso) June 28-30; Teen Theatre
Workshop (Ruby Quinn) July 5-7. Hosted by Southeastern Oklahoma State
OKLAHOMA SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK, P.O. Box 1171, Edmond, OK, 73083. (405)
340-1222. 12th Season. Kathryn O'Meara, Artistic Director. May 16-Sept. 1.
LLL (J. Shane McClure) May 16-June 9; 1H4 (Kathryn O'Meara) June 13-July 7;
Scapin (Robert E. McGill) July 11-Aug. 4; WT (Kathryn O'Meara) Aug. 8-Sept. 1.
Performances 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in the O'Meara Amphitheatre, Hafer
Park, 9th & Bryant in Edmond.
OJAI SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, P.O. Box 575, Ojai, CA 93024. (805) 646-WILL. 14th
Season. Paul Backer, Artistic Director. Aug. 2- Aug. 18. In repertory MWW
(Potter) and Three One-Act Plays by Moliere (Kelejian).
OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, P.O. Box 158, Ashland, OR 97520. (541) 482-4331.
61st Year. Libby Appel, Artistic Director. Feb. 16-Oct. 27. Angus Bowmer
Theatre: WT (Fontaine Syer) Feb. 18- Oct. 27. The Elizabethan Theatre: Rom.
(Rene Buch) June 4-Oct.6; Cor. (Tony Taccone) June 5-Oct. 4; LLL (Pat Patton)
June 6-Oct. 5. Plus seven non-Shakespearean productions. Backstage tours,
lectures, concerts, play readings, and more. Write or call for detailed
brochure, or visti Web at http://www.mind.net/osf/.
ORLANDO-UCF SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, 30 South Magnolia, Suite 250, Orlando, FL
32822. (407) 245-0985. 6th Season. Jim Helsinger, Artistic Director. March
29-May 5. In repertory JC (Russell Treyz) and TGV (Jim Helsinger).
PENNSYLVANIA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL AT ALLENTOWN COLLEGE, 2755 Station Ave.,
Center Valley, PA 18034. (610) 282-9455. Gerard J. Schubert, O.S.F.S.,
Producing Artistic Director. June 11-Aug. 3. AYL (Dennis Razze) June 11-June
29; Oth. (Jim Christy) July 9- Aug. 3; The School for Wives (Russell Treyz)
July 2-July 28; Jack and the Beanstalk (Chuck Conwell) June 6-Aug.2). Pre-main
stage outdoor Green Show, featuring Renaissance music, dance, and clowning
(William T. George).
SAN FRANCISCO, SAN JOSE, OAKLAND-EAST BAY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, P.O. Box
590479, San Francisco, CA 94159-0479. (415) 666-2222. 14th Season. July-Oct.
Free Shakespeare in the Park: LLL (Ed Hastings) in San Francisco, San Jose,
Oakland, and San Ramon; Presentation Theatre: Ham. (David Dower) Sept.-Oct. in
Sand Harbor (Lake Tahoe); Ado (Hector Correa); Err. (Albert Takazauckas)
SHAKESPEARE & COMPANY AT THE MOUNT, P.O. Box 865, Lenox, MA 01240. (413)
637-1199. 19th Season. Tina Packer, Artistic Director. May 24-Sept. 1.
Mainstage Theatre: MWW July 26-Sept. 1. Other plays in repertory include MM,
TGV, LLL, and more. Performances at the Mount, Edith Wharton's historic home in
the beautiful Berkshires.
SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL OF DALLAS, Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines
Blvd., Dallas, TX 75219. (214) 559-2778. 25th Season. Reynolds B. "Cliff"
Redd, Executive Producer. June 18- July 28. In repertory: Oth. (Rene Moreno);
MND (Raphael Parry). Performances in Samuell-Grand Park. Free.
SHAKESPEARE THEATRE FREE FOR ALL, 301 East Capitol Street, S.E., Washington,
D.C. 20003. (202) 393-2700. 6th Season. June 9-23. Michael Kahn, Artistic
Director. MM (Michael Kahn). At the Carter Barron Amphitheatre in Rock Creek
Park and featuring Kelly McGillis as Isabella. Free workshops, tours, and
SHAKESPEARE ON THE SASKATCHEWAN FESTIVAL, P.O. Box 1646, Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan, Canada S7K 3R8. 1-306-6523-2300. Henry Woolf, Artistic Director.
12th Season. July 2-Aug. 18. In rotation: TN (opens July 5); Lr. (opens July
5); Offenbach's La Vie Pariesienne (opens July 7, produced by the Riverbank
SHAKESPEARE SANTA CRUZ, Performing Arts Complex, University of California,
Santa Cruz, CA 95064. (408) 459-4168. 15th Season Paul Whitworth, Artistic
Director. July 18-Sept. 1. In repertory: TN (Tim Ocel) opens July 18; Per.
(Christopher Grabowski) opens July 28; Moliere's Tartuffe (Anthony Powell)
opens July 27. Located on the campus of the University of California at Santa
Cruz, the festival overlooks the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay and boasts the
most beautiful outdoor, redwood theater glen in the country.
SHAKESPEARE UNDER THE STARS 1996, Hampshire Shakespeare Company, P.O. Box 825,
Amherst, MA 01004. (413) 256-4120. 6th Season. Timothy Holcomb, Artistic
Director. June 24-Aug. 1. Lr. (Brian Marsh) June 24-July 11; Shr. (Sarah
Wilson) July 11-Aug. 1. Presenting uncut versions of the plays as they were
published in the First Folio.
SHENANDOAH SHAKESPEARE EXPRESS, P.O. Box 1485, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. (504)
434-3366. Ralph Alan Cohen and Jim Warren, Artistic Directors. 1996 Summer
Season in repertory: AYL, H5, JC and Err. June 18-July 31, The Thomas Harrison
Middle School, Harrisonburg, VA; fall tour in New England and Canada, Sept.
STERLING RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL, Farden Road, Sterling, NY 13156. 1-800-879-4446.
20th Season. June 29-Aug. 11. Gary Izzo, Artistic Director. Shr., The
Deceived, One Comedia dell'arte show.
STRATFORD FESTIVAL THEATRE, Box 520, Stratford, Ontario, Canada N5A 6V2. (519)
273-1600 or 1-800-567-1600. 44th Season. May 6- Nov. 3. Richard Monette,
Artistic Director. Lr. (Richard Monette) May 6-Nov. 2; MV (Marti Maraden) May
13-Nov. 3; AYI (Richard Rose) June 16-Sept.14; plus eight other non-
Shakespearean productions. Visit Internet site at
THE THEATER AT MONMOUTH: The Shakespeare Theater Of Maine, P.O. Box 385,
Monmouth, ME 04259-0385. (207) 933-9999. 27th Season. Richard C. Sewell,
Jeremiah Kissel, and Michael O'Brien, Co- Artistic Director. July 5-Aug. 31.
AYL (Michael O'Brien) July 5- Aug. 31; WT (Charles Weinstein) July 24-Aug. 30;
and Charles Dickens' Hard Times (Jeremiah Kissel); Arms and the Man (Jeremiah
Kissel); Once Upon a Wolf (Michael O'Brien). The Theater at Monmouth has been
recognized by the state legislature as The Shakespeare Theater of Maine. Plays
are performed in rotating repertory at Cumston Hall - a national historic
landmark building erected in 1900.
THEATREWORKS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado
Springs, CO 80933. (719) 593-3240. Murray Ross, Artistic Director. 14th
Season. Aug. 6-Aug. 24. TGV. Live music, art, food.
TULANE SUMMER SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
70118-5698. (504) 862-8000 (Extension 1752). 3rd Season. Paul Schierhorn,
Artistic Director. June 14-Aug. 10. MWW (Nick Faust) June 14-July 7; Mac.
(Aimee Michel) July 19-Aug. 10; Free "Swan Series" of concerts, lectures on
Tuesdays. Sunday matinees preceded by brunch on verandah.
UTAH SHAKESPEAREAN FESTIVAL, 351 W. Center St., Cedar City, UT 84720. (801)
586-7878. Fred C. Adams, Founder and Executive Director; Douglas N. Cook and
Cameron Harvey, Producing Artistic Directors; R. Scott Phillips, Managing
Director. June 20-Aug. 31. In repertory: 1H4 (Paul Barnes); Mac. (Robert
Cohen); Err. (D. Scott Glasser); WT (James Edmondson); The Mikado (Roger Bean);
The Three Musketeers (Michael Addison).
VIRGINIA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, College of William & Mary, P.O. Box 8795,
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795. (804) 221-2660. 18th Season. Jerry H. Bledsoe,
Executive Director. July 5-July 28. In repertory: H5 (J. H. Bledsoe) opens
July 5; TN (James Luse) opens July 12.
WASHINGTON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, P.O. Box 1501, Olympia, WA 98507. (360)
943-9492. 11th Season. Aug. 6-Aug. 31. In repertory Ham., Ado, and Lion in
WESTERLY SHAKSPEARE IN THE PARK, P.O. Box 191, Westerly, RI 02891. (401)
596-0810. 5th Season. Harland Meltzer, Artistic Director. July 18-Aug. 11.
Rom. (John Clinton Eisner) July 18- Aug.4; JC (Michael Edwards) Aug. 7-Aug. 11.
In Wilcox Park.
WISCONSIN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, Center for the Arts, U of W, Platteville, WI
53818-3099. (608) 342-1298. 20th Season. July 6- Aug. 10. Thomas P. Collins,
Artistic Director. In repertory: TN opens July 6; Mac. opens July 10; Shr.
opens July 12. "Talk- backs" (Tuesday evenings) and Backstage tours (Saturday