Actors’ Theatre of Columbus, the city’s oldest free, outdoor, classical theatre, announces its 33rd season. The 2014 summer season will find Actors’ presenting two of Shakespeare’s finest and a classic French comedy.
The season will open on May 22, 2014 with William Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet. The story follows the Danish Prince Hamlet through dealing with death, murder, incest, betrayal, love, and loss. Hamlet remains one of the most beloved and often-quoted plays in Western literature.
June 26 – July 27 will find Actors’ performing The Barber of Seville, a French comedy written in 1773 by Pierre Beaumarchais. The plot involves a Spanish count who has fallen in love at first sight with a girl named Rosine. To ensure that she really loves him and not just his money, the Count disguises himself as a poor college student and attempts to woo her. His plans are foiled but his fortune changes, however, after a chance reunion with an ex-servant of his, Figaro, who devises a variety of ways for the Count and Rosine to meet and talk. The story culminates in the marriage of the Count and Rosine.
The season concludes with Shakespeare’s romantic comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor, playing July 31-August 31. The short-on-cash Falstaff woos wealthy married women in an attempt to turn his luck around. Hilarity ensues when the wives learn of his plan and jokes are played at Falstaff’s expense.
As always, these three shows will be presented Thursdays through Sundays at 8:00pm (weather permitting) on the amphitheater stage in historic Schiller Park. Every play presented by Actors’ Theatre is free, although donations are highly appreciated. Patrons are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs and picnic dinners or snacks. There are a variety of dining choices for pre or post show meals in surrounding German Village.
Auditions for the season will be held at the German Village Meeting house on February 15th and 16th from 10:00 am through 5:00pm. A sigh-up for audition spots will be available on the Actor’s Theatre website starting December 1st. Details and more information can be found on the website as well.
Actors’ Theatre of Columbus first dazzled audiences in 1982 with its very first production staged in Schiller Park of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Since then, Actors’ has continued its production excellence, performing classical works by Shakespeare and other playwrights, along with showcasing the wealth of talent available in Central Ohio. Actors’ Theatre is a popular summer activity in Ohio, open for public enjoyment and a great destination for families, couples, art lovers, those new to theatre, and everyone in between. Actors’ urges you to take a look at the new website (www.theactorstheatre.org) to see all the group has to offer.