CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival this August!




You’ll notice on the August schedule that there are many more shifts for the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival than usual. This year is the first time an extra production has been added into the mix with the original comedy: William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged). In addition to this is the Shakespeare classic: The Winter’s Tale. On top of that will be a Gala and Pre-talks for The Winter’s Tale, Backstage Tours, Explore Love Labor’s Lost, and An Evening with Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor. It’ll be a busy, busy time! We’ll need all the help we can get this month!

Here is some info on the productions (to hopefully get you excited!) for NDSF from their website:

William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)

August 4–30, 2015

“I’ve wanted to support new work because someone gave Will Shakespeare a go,” says NDSF Ryan Producing Artistic Director Grant Mudge. To make this dream a reality, we have enlisted writers Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin, stars of the PBS film The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and authors of The Complete History of America (abridged), to return to their Shakespearean roots and create a brand new madcap comedy inspired by the Bard. Performances of William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) will begin August 4 in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Regis Philbin Studio Theatre. To explain the thematic connection, Mudge says “Shakespeare’s characters love too much, drink too much, crave too much, and are sometimes cruel to those closest to them. Shakespeare shows us our choices charting not only our own lives, but even the path of history itself. And, in the wake of those decisions, sometimes the only thing left us is to laugh.”


Discovered in a treasure-filled parking lot in Leicester, England, an ancient manuscript proves to be the long-lost first play by the young glover’s apprentice from Stratford. Using questionable scholarship and street-performer smarts, three gifted comic actors throw themselves into a fast, funny, and frenzied festival of physical finesse, witty wordplay, and plentiful (pitiful) punning.

The Winter’s Tale

August 18–30, 2015

The second NDSF Professional Company production will be The Winter’s Tale, beginning August 18 in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Patricia George Decio Theatre, directed by Drew Fracher. According to Mudge, “Shakespeare put everything into this play: bears, shipwrecks, musical numbers, comedy, tragedy, magic, great love stories, bitter betrayals, and one miraculous chance for redemption.”


Accused of adultery by her royal husband, Queen Hermione dies in shame. Her newborn daughter is cast away on a distant, deserted shore. Sixteen years pass and a poor shepherd girl falls in love with a prince. Their forbidden love, her mysterious birth, and one magical statue promise stunning revelations for all.


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