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The Texas Shakespeare Festival happens every summer in Kilgore, Texas and this year the festival is happening from June 27th to July 28th.
Here’s the 2019 Summer Season:
As You Like It – by William Shakespeare
“All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players”
As You Like It, one of Shakespeare’s most frequently performed comedies, is a “hilarious tale of disguises and mistaken identities.” Harold Bloom wrote that Rosalind is among Shakespeare’s greatest and most fully realized female characters. Learn more. Click here for when to watch it.
Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin
“A world full of ignorant people is too dangerous to live in.”
After its opening on Broadway in 1946, Garson Kanin’s comedy Born Yesterday became the longest-running show on Broadway with 1,642 performances, a record it held for almost 30 years. It is the story of an unethical millionaire doing illegal business in Washington DC, while the behavior of his unrefined mistress threatens to spoil his plans. A funny play with an important message. Learn more. Click here for when to watch it.
Othello by William Shakespeare
“Beware, my lord, of jealousy. It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.”
One of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, Othello tells the story of a Moorish general and his disloyal ensign, Iago, who convinces him that his wife Desdemona has been unfaithful. The play deals with various themes, including love, jealousy, betrayal, revenge and repentance. Learn more. Click here for when to watch it.
Into The Woods by Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine
“Careful the things you say, children will listen.”
A musical by Stephen Sondhein and James Lapine, Into the Woods intertwines the plots of several well-known fairy tales as it explores the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. “Be careful what you wish for” seems to be the ongoing theme, along with the message that people must come together to save each other. Learn more. Click here for when to watch it.
The Girl Who Cried Throgmonster by Grace Abele
In this quirky retelling of Aesop’s Fable, a young girl must save her town from the destructive force of a not-quite-extinct monster while simultaneously learning about the destructive force of one foolish wish. Toss in a goat-obsessed scout leader, a squash squashing granny, and a fairy godmother constantly plagued with legal woes, and you have a twisted tale that will delight young and old alike! Learn more. Click here for when to watch it.
For an entire calendar of dates and show times click here.
The idea for the Texas Shakespeare Festival began in April 1984 with the desire to establish a professional summer theatre for East Texas in Kilgore and draw in high caliber actors, designers and directors from throughout the nation. Two years later, in June 1986, the Texas Shakespeare Festival opened its inaugural season as Kilgore College’s contribution to the Texas Sesquicentennial celebration with performances of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Daisy Bradford 3 by Gifford Wingate. And the festival has been going ever since.
You can find an entire list of the 2019 company here.
All of the Texas Shakespeare Festival takes in the Van Cliburn Auditorium on the campus of Kilgore College.
To learn more about the Texas Shakespeare Festival, visit their website.
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