Out of the Storm

 
Each of our plays this season feature characters braving the storm. Some metaphorical like the four lovers in A Midsummer Night’s Dream lost in the woods under the spell of fairy magic; or King Henry V and his band of brothers, outnumbered with the enemy all around them. Some literal like Viola in Twelfth Night who lost her twin brother at sea, alone in an unfamiliar city searching for him; or Prospero in The Tempest who creates one to seek revenge on the very people who banished him to a secluded island. But in each play our heroes dig deep, gather their resolve and through love, friendship, camaraderie and forgiveness help each other find their way out of the storm.

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Directed by Taylor Davis
Two quarreling fairies; four sparring lovers under the spell of a love potion; a motley crew of rude mechanicals determined to put on a play; and one impish Puck relentlessly causing mischief for them all. It all adds up to one perfect storm of chaos in Shakespeare’s most enchanting comedy. 

Henry V

Directed by Vince Brady
Continuing our history cycle, Henry V picks up after the events of Henry IV. After the death of his father, Henry has chosen to leave behind his rebellious youth for the responsibilities of ruling his kingdom. With England weakened and France threatening war Henry gathers his troops in what he hopes will unite the country. But when his army is stopped in France and his men outnumbered with a storm of swords around him he must become the king he was born to be.

Henry V is the fourth play in Shakespeare’s eight-play, double-tetralogy of history plays chronicling the reigns of Richard II, Henrys IV, V and VI, and culminating with Richard III.

Backyard Bard

Directed by Ken Holmes

Each play abridged to just an hour long, performed in our smaller park venues. A small cast of actors will wring out all the laughter, all the adventure and all the magic of Twelfth Night and The Tempest this summer. 

 

Twelfth Night

One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies and our first Backyard Bard play. Twelfth Night features a love quadrangle, some very trying houseguests, romance, mistaken identity and a hilarious comedy of errors. Come join us for one of Shakespeare’s most lyrical plays.

The Tempest

On an isolated magical island, Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan and self-taught sorcerer lives in banishment. For years, his only company has been his brave young daughter, an airy magical spirit and an enslaved monster. But he hungers for revenge and the opportunity comes when he creates a powerful storm to shipwreck those who did him wrong. Shakespeare’s final and most personal play, The Tempest is a powerful and often funny story of love, forgiveness and redemption.