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AS YOU LIKE IT Summer Tour Runs July 18-Aug. 11

FS_As You Like ItAS YOU LIKE IT Summer Tour
Presented by Free Shakespeare!
July 18-Aug. 11
Various

Directed by Travis J. Cook

In AS YOU LIKE IT Duke Frederick (the younger duke) has usurped his older brother, Duke Senior, and banished him to the Forest of Arden. Frederick then banishes Duke Senior’s beautiful daughter Rosalind. Celia, Frederick’s daughter and best friend of Rosalind, flees her evil father with Rosalind and they travel (along with Touchstone, the clown) to the Forest of Arden. Before leaving, though, Rosalind falls in love with Orlando and he with her after he amazingly defeats Charles in a wrestling match. Orlando, the younger son of Sir Rowland, had rebelled at being kept a virtual prisoner by his cruel older brother, Oliver. Also banished, Orlando then roams the forest hanging poetry and carving Rosalind’s name in tree trunks. Meanwhile, Rosalind (who is disguised as a man named Ganymede) gives Orlando tips on how to capture the object of his affections. By the play’s end Ganymede, once again Rosalind, marries her Orlando. Two other sets of lovers are also wed, including Celia and Oliver. As Oliver becomes a gentler, kinder young man so the Duke conveniently changes his ways and turns to religion and so that the exiled Duke, father of Rosalind, can regain his crown.

  • Thu, July 18 at 7pm: Rosewood Arts Center, Kettering
  • Fri-Sat, July 19-21 at 7pm: ArtStreet Amphitheater, UD
  • Thu, July 25 at 7pm: Rosewood Arts Center, Kettering
  • Fri-Sat, July 26-28 at 7pm: Newcom Founder’s Park, Oregon Historic District (the gazebo)
  • Thu, Aug 1 at 7pm: Blommel Park, South Park Historic District
  • Fri-Sun, Aug 2-4 at 7pm: Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, Dayton
  • Aug 8 at 7pm: Blommel Park, South Park Historic District
  • Aug 9-11: Antioch College Amphitheater, Yellow Springs

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THE MERCHANT OF VENICE runs July 19-Aug. 12

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
Presented by Free Shakespeare!
July 19-Aug. 12
Various

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, William Shakespeare’s most provocative play, dances with these timeless tensions in a way that makes the story seem ripped from today’s headlines. What’s at stake is a pound of flesh. But by the time the noble Portia mediates the grievance between Shylock the moneylender and Antonio the merchant, what changes is the whole way we look at the world.

Directed by Chris Shea

Cast: Riley Able as Antonio, Bob Allen as Shylock, Chelsey Cavendar as Portia, Robert Stimmel as Bassanio, Leah Strasser as Nerissa, Justin King as Gratiano, Alex Chilton as Lorenzo, Alexandra Hildenbrandt as Jessica, Ben Miller as Salerio, Michelle Weiser as Solanio, Jason Antonick as Launcelot/others, Marcus Simmons II as Prince of Morocco/Duke of Venice, David Zelmon as Prince of Aragon/Tubal & Bill Styles as Old Gobbo/Balthazar

  • Thu, July 19 at 7pm
    Blommel Park, South Park [Dayton]
  • Fri-Sun, July 20-22 at 7pm
    ArtStreet, University of Dayton [Dayton]
  • Thu, July 26 at 7pm
    Tower Park [Fort Thomas]
  • Fri-Sun, July 27-29 at 7pm
    Antioch College Amphitheatre [Yellow Springs]
  • Thu, Aug. 2 at 7pm
    Rosewood Arts Centre [Kettering]
  • Fri-Sun, Aug. 3-5 at 7pm
    Newcom Park, Oregon District [Dayton]
  • Thu, Aug. 9 at 7pm
    Blommel Park, South Park [Dayton]
  • Fri-Sun, Aug. 10-12 at 7pm
    Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark [Dayton]

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM runs Aug. 12-14

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Presented by Free Shakespeare!
Aug. 12-14
Dayton (University of Dayton’s Art Street)

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM runs Aug. 5-7

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Presented by Free Shakespeare!
Aug. 5-7
Dayton (Newcom Founders Park)

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM runs July 29-31

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Presented by Free Shakespeare!
July 29-31
Dayton (Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark)

  • Fri-Sun, July 29-31 at 7pm

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July 22-24 | Aug. 5-7 | Aug. 12-14 |

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