The official kick-off for this year’s Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival is upon us! Here are some of the festivities taking place around the area:
The NDSF Community Company kicks off the 2018 season with Shakespeare After Hours, returning after a filled-to-capacity inaugural year. Come enjoy Shakespeare at his bawdy, boozy, bloody best as local artists present scenes intended for a mature audience. Patrons will raise a glass (literally) and toast the Bard’s scandalous side on Friday the 13th!
July 14th at 2:00 pm at Washington Hall is the annual ShakeScenes performance. Here’s more on it:
NDSF’s Community Company presents the 15th year of ShakeScenes, an annual mashup of Shakespeare performed by young people from throughout Michiana. For 2018, ShakeScenes too will take up the plight of the other, the stranger, and the outcast. Come join in the fun that has served as a first experience with Shakespeare for thousands of young people.
On July 15th the Touring Company begins its run of The Merchant of Venice in Valparaiso. The company will perform throughout the area at outdoor venues and end right back here at Notre Dame in front of the Main Building 6:30 pm on Monday August 20th. Here is the summary:
Bassanio is in a bind. He’s in debt to his dear friend Antonio, and now needs even more cash to woo the wealthy woman Portia. Bassanio’s strategy forces Antonio to borrow from Shylock, and if they fail to repay him, Shylock’s legal bond comes due: one pound of Antonio’s fair flesh.
Shakespeare’s inimitable slapstick comedy, featuring a controversial yet sympathetic villain, leaves you wondering who’s truly guilty. The Merchant of Venice is a hilarious, poignant comedy never to be missed on stage.
Shakespeare in Fremont Park has a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on July 26th & July 27th at 7 pm. Here is the info:
Shakespeare in Fremont Park is a seven-week program involving community based organizations in South Bend. Focused on the city’s west side, the effort will allow young people to work directly with adults to create, rehearse, and perform a theatre production inspired by Shakespeare. Working and rehearsing indoors, Shakespeare in Fremont Park will perform outside at Fremont Park (1800 Fremont St. at W. Hamilton St.).
Emerging from the mission of the Fremont Park Foundation, which seeks to provide positive activities for young people and adults alike, the community wishes to build on its recent successes (a new splash pad, playground equipment, and new basketball courts), with an offering open to all, which residents can enjoy whether on stage, behind it, or even simply enjoying a show from a blanket or lawn chair.
Much happening all around and then in August we’ll get the big show!