Sunday, May 18, 2008

Shakespeare Summer Roadtrip Adventures

It's time to get serious about having fun with Shakespeare.

Yes, cowboys and cowgirls, I'm planning a roadtrip adventure across Texas. We will attend as many live Shakespeare performances as time and our beleaguered gas budget will allow.

Our first opportunity will be Austin Shakespeare Festival's Much Ado About Nothing next Friday at The Sheffield Hillside Theater (outdoors). The performance is free, but parking is $3.00. Then there will be a professional staged reading of Henry IV June 20-21 at Ballet Austin's Austin Ventures Studio Theatre.

Texas Shakespeare Festival in Kilgore will be doing Julius Caesar and Twelfth Night through multiple dates in July and into the first few days of August.

Shakespeare at Winedale, a program of University of Texas at Austin's English department, will stage Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, and Antony and Cleopatra on multiple dates beginning Wed., July 16 and ending Sunday, Aug. 10. Happily, Shakespeare at Winedale is located halfway between Austin and Houston. Also, of special note, on Sunday, July 27, their 2 p.m. performance of Romeo and Juliet will be signed for the deaf.

Houston Shakespeare Festival will run Aug. 1-10 and will feature Julius Caesar and Cymbeline. These are free performances but you must get tickets in advance at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

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