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Three Summer Shakespeares in DC Area
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0464  Monday, 31 August 2009

From:       Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:       Monday, August 31, 2009
Subject:    Three Summer Shakespeares in Washington, DC, Area

Greenbelt Arts Center (GAC), a community theater company of 
long-standing, is performing _Othello_ in as one of its "Shakespeare on 
the Green" outdoor productions (August 29 and 30; September 5 and 6). A 
visiting company The Rude Mechanicals will present an all-female _Two 
Gentlemen of Verona_, described as Shakespeare's bromance, with no bros 
(September 4 through 19). <http://www.greenbeltartscenter.org>

Greenbelt is one of the three "green belt" planned communities built 
during the Depression by FDR's Resettlement Administration (Greenbelt, 
Maryland; Greenhills, Ohio; and Greendale, Wisconsin -- Greenbrook, New 
Jersey, was planned but never built). These idealistically planned 
communities were to combine the advantages of city and country life, 
provide good housing at a reasonable cost for moderate-income families, 
and give jobs to unemployed workers for the economic and social benefit 
of the communities where the work was undertaken. Greenbelt, Maryland, 
remains to this day a co-operative community of generally leftward 
leaning peoples and was my home for many years with GAC being the 
theater company that launched my older daughter Melissa's acting career 
at 10 as one of pages in _As You Like It_.

The Olney Theatre Center's Summer Shakespeare Festival production for 
this year was _Much Ado About
Nothing_ performed August 28 & 29 at the center's outdoor amphitheater. 
<http://www.olneytheatre.org>

For its 19th annual Shakespeare "Free for All," The Shakespeare Theatre 
Company is reviving its 2007 _Taming of the Shrew_. About that 
production, I inquired to SHAKSPER asking if _Shrew_ can be successfully 
staged in the twenty-first century, a post that initiated an interesting 
thread on the list <http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2007/0667.html>. Of 
note, this year's will be the first "Free for All" held indoors at the 
company's new Sidney Harman Hall, rather than outdoors at the Carter 
Barron Amphitheater. For this production the role of Katherina is played 
by The Shakespeare Theatre's regularly appearing guest actress Sabrina 
LeBeauf, who has appeared in five or so productions with the company 
over the years. There are 21 more shows between now and September 12 
when these free performances end.

2009-2010 season subscribers may reserve their "Free For All" tickets in 
advance of select performances. "Friends of Free For All" may also 
reserve tickets in advance. Anyone may become a "Friend of Free For All" 
by making a tax-deductible contribution to support this important 
outreach program. All other tickets can be obtained free of charge 
in-person the day of the performance at the Sidney Harman Hall Box 
Office. Box Office staff will begin distributing tickets two hours prior 
to curtain. Each person in line is allowed two tickets. Tickets are 
subject to availability. Seating is reserved and will be at the 
discretion of House Management. <http://www.shakespearetheatre.org>

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