It looks like a great year for Shakespeare in the Park. We're excited to share the news ...
Thanks to a successfully met challenge grant from BMO Harris Bank, Optimist Theatre will present William Shakespeare's comedy AS YOU LIKE IT
AS YOU LIKE IT follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle's court, accompanied by her cousin Celia and Touchstone the court jester, to find safety and love in the Forest of Arden. The play features one of Shakespeare's most famous and oft-quoted speeches, "All the world's a stage."
Mr. Tom Reed*, recently seen in the title role in Optimist’s 2012 MACBETH, will direct. Mr. Todd Denning*, who played Malvolio in Optimist’s 2011 TWELFTH NIGHT, will be playing the role of Touchstone.
Tom is the Associate Artistic Director for Optimist Theatre and Producer for Shakespeare in the Park and serves on the faculty of the Theater and Dance Department at Alverno College.
AS YOU LIKE IT Performance Dates:
July 11 Preview for Media, July 12 Opening, July 13, 14, July 18, 19, 20, 21
The COA (Children’s Outing Association), one of Milwaukee’s most venerable community youth organizations, has offered Optimist Theatre the opportunity to be the inaugural theatre company for their brand new amphitheater and performance space in Alice Bertschy Kadish Park. The amphitheater will debut this summer and we have accepted with pleasure.
Kadish Park is a great location.
· It’s at a crossroads where four neighborhoods meet
· The amphitheater overlooks the beautiful Milwaukee city skyline
· There is ample, free street parking
· It boasts an open, sizeable, terraced seating area for our growing audiences. Translation: No seating reservations required! Simply show up, enjoy the public park (picnic, anyone?) and stake out some space in the seating area when the ‘house’ opens up before each performance. More details on how this works will be available on the Optimist Theatre blog as we get closer to the performance dates.
Kadish Park doesn't have an actual address of it's own. It's located near 308 E Lloyd St in Milwaukee. Check in for directions on how to find the park.
*Members of Actors Equity Association
Shakespeare in the Park is made possible in part through the generous support of the Milwaukee Arts Board, the Wisconsin Arts Board and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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