Shakespeare in the Woods
Shakespeare in the Woods, an unconventional outdoor classical theatre festival and artistic founder Katharine Maness announce that tickets for all performances are now on sale. Each play will be held at the Northshire Civic Center at 410 Hunter Park Road in Manchester, from Thursday to Sunday, at 7 p.m. ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ from August 22 to 25 is heralded as one of Shakespeare’s wittiest comedies. Written in 1599 but adapted for our time, this version tells the story of a group of soldiers returning to Vermont following a successful battle abroad. When they are all invited to stay under one roof, the result is a romantic comedy filled with love, deception and mistaken identity. Performed by an all-female cast, this ‘Much Ado’ explores the world of masculinity and the many ways in which it shapes our society.
In a modern take on ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ August 29 to September 1, two feuding families from very different sides of the tracks clash in a small town in Vermont. Each has a young daughter – one Romeo, the other Juliet – and the sacrifices they are forced to make for a chance to be together set everything tumbling towards the unforgettable tragic conclusion.
‘The Taming of the Shrew’ from September 5 to 8, is Shakespeare’s comedic battle of the sexes, this time seen through our own contemporary lens and set abroad in a small Italian town where old customs die hard. Amid Bianca’s many suitors in various disguises, we witness Petruchio’s attempt to tame the shrewish Katharina in the light of today’s Me Too movement.
Tickets are $20 for adults in advance; students 12 years and under are $12. Adult tickets at the door on the day of show are $25. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis for outdoor seating at rileyrink.com; click on the Special Events tab to create an account or log in, then select the performance, date and time. Should you have any difficulties, call Lisa Larson at 802-362-0150.
For more information about the inaugural season of Shakespeare in the Woods, including how to make a donation to support the festival’s efforts, visit the website at shakespeareinthewoodsvt.com.