The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0144  Thursday, 4 April 2013


From:        Charles Gessert <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         April 3, 2013 2:43:19 PM EDT

Subject:     Shakespeare at Notre Dame 2013 Shakespeare Festival


Shakespeare at Notre Dame Announces

2013 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival


Notre Dame – Shakespeare at Notre Dame has announced the 2013 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF), running July 20 through September 20, 2013. The Festival is highlighted by the Professional Company’s production of Richard III, directed by Laura Gordon. The Young Company will present The Comedy of Errors at outdoor spaces throughout the Michiana region. The Festival opens with performances of ShakeScenes at historic Washington Hall on July 20 & 21, 2013. For the first time this year, Actors From The London Stage will be included as part of the festival. AFTLS will present Othello from September 18-20, 2013.


William Shakespeare’s blazingly entertaining portrayal of England’s most famous villain, a twisted and ruthless monarch. The recent discovery of King Richard’s remains by archeologists means there is no better time to see why the “winter of our discontent” turns into a “glorious summer” at the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. Michael Gotch will play the title character, and in a play with some of Shakespeare’s strongest women’s roles, a trio of the finest actors from Chicago - Barbara Robertson as Queen Margaret, Elizabeth Ledo as Lady Anne and Maureen Gallagher as the Dutchess of York will headline the cast.  Richard III will be presented August 20 through September 1 at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $10 - $75 and go on sale through the DeBartolo Box Office on April 26,2013. This year, children ages 6 – 17 are free with paid adult tickets.


Kevin Asselin returns to direct the Young Company’s production of The Comedy of Errors. The play will be performed free of charge in communities throughout Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan. The Young Company is comprised of students from the University of Notre Dame, St. Mary’s College, and other colleges and universities from across the country. The “tour” begins Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 7 pm at the Lincoln Township Public Library in Stevensville, Michigan. Other performances include:

  • Saturday, July 27, 7 pm – Potawatomi Park Pavilion, South Bend, Indiana
  • Sunday, July 28, 7 pm – Centennial Park, Plymouth, Indiana
  • Saturday, August 3, 6:30 pm – Dewey Cannon Park, Three Oaks, Michigan 
  • Saturday, August 4, 7 pm – Battell Park, Mishawaka, Indiana
  • Saturday, August 10, 7 pm – Wellfield Botanic Garden, Elkhart, Indiana
  • Sunday, August 11, 6:30 pm (Central Time) –Centennial Park, Munster, Indiana
  • Monday, August 26, 7 pm – ND Main Building, Notre Dame, Indiana

Over the course of one weekend, dozens of actors from throughout the community take to the stage in ShakeScenes at Washington Hall. Two different performances, each offering a series of 10-minute scenes, comprise this free event. Performances are at 2 pm on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 at Washington Hall on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.


Shakespeare has no greater hero than Othello, from which lofty height—no character has further to fall.  Set in Venice and Cyprus, Othello is a moving, sexy and ultimately tragic tale of betrayal and vengeance.  Five actors from London’s greatest stages take on Shakespeare’s heartrending, sexy and ultimately tragic tale of Othello, September 18-20 at Washington Hall.


Begun in 2000, the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival is part of Shakespeare at Notre Dame, a program of the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival produces professional productions of William Shakespeare’s plays that involve Equity actors and world-class directors and designers.


Tickets for the entire festival will go on sale April 26, 2013 at Noon at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Ticket office, by phone at 574-631-2800, and on the web at


Chuck Gessert

Audience Development Manager

Shakespeare at Notre Dame

230 DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Notre Dame, IN  46556



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