by Cathy P. Ross
Jul 31, 2013
09:57 AM
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Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park

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Tatiana, Queen of Fairies from "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

      Shakespeare in the park is a Connecticut summer tradition that everyone should experience at least once. So get thee to a performance of one of the Bard’s comedies, histories or tragedies. After all, most are free (donations are suggested) and picnics are encouraged. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Here are some of the fine offerings:

      Connecticut Free Shakespeare presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream  under the stars on the storied Shakespeare Festival Theatre’s grounds in Stratford July 31 through Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. The production is part of Festival! Stratford 2013, which also features jazz on the lawn at 6 p.m., an arts marketplace, tours of the historic theater and children’s activities. Check the website for a complete list of activities and schedule. The play moves to the McLevy Green in Bridgeport Aug. 5-11. (203/393-3213, or
      The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Company brings its production of All’s Well That Ends Well to Shakespeare on the Green at the Ridgefield Playhouse Aug. 8. The play is presented under a tent adjoining the Green Expo, which opens at noon; the play starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are free but must be reserved ahead. (203/438-5795,
      Shakesperience Productions presents Much Ado About Nothing on the Guilford Green in the annual “Shakespeare on the Shoreline” series Aug. 7-11, then takes the show on the road in its “Vintage Shakespearience” vineyards tour to McLaughlin Vineyards in Sandy Hook on Aug. 24. Rain date: Aug. 25. (203/754-2531,
      Capital Classics Theatre Company in Hartford enters its 23rd season with a production of The Winter’s Tale on the grounds of the University of Saint Joseph campus in West Hartford through Aug. 11. The play is a fantastic fable with kings and queens, long-lost children, and miracles that occur through the power of love. Tickets are required. (860/231-5555,

      The Hudson Shakespeare Company also presents a "steampunk" version of Shakespeare's classic tragedy Macbeth directed by Noelle Fair in the Stratford Library Amphitheater on Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. If it rains, the production moves indoors to the Lovell Room. ( or

      And the Elm Shakespeare Company kicks off its 18th season with the epic tale of political intrigue and assassination, Julius Caesar, in New Haven’s Edgerton Park (once the private estate of 18th-century inventor Eli Whitney) Aug. 15 through Sept. 1. (The annual gala and auction takes place Aug. 29, 5 to 8 p.m., with a performance following. Call for tickets.) Elm Shakespeare founder James Andreassi does the honors as Caesar and also codirects the production with American theater icon Alvin Epstein. Donation suggested. (203/874-0801,      

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