Founded in 1985, Georgia Shakespeare creates thoughtful, bold and passionate interpretations of a diverse body of work rooted in Shakespeare and branching out to embrace the best writers and ideas of all eras.
This year, the company is presenting a diverse season of new musicals, beloved classics, and the return of one of Atlanta”s favorite theatre traditions.
With the help of a three-year, $300,000 grant from the Charles Loridans Foundation, Georgia Shakespeare is returning to Piedmont Park this year with their outdoor theatre event. Formerly known as “Shake at the Lake,”# the event has been renamed “Shakespeare in the Park,”# reflecting its new location at the Legacy Fountain in Piedmont Park.# Shakespeare”s The Tempest will run May 9 – 13, with shows beginning at 7:30 p.m. and picnicking before and during the performances.
The season continues in June at the Conant Performing Arts Center with the popular Summer Festival, featuring Georgia Shakespeare”s award-winning Associate Artists.
Opening June 5, Illyria: a Twelfth Night Musical is an adaptation by John R. Briggs, the creator of the 2010 smash hit Shrew: the Musical. Next you can travel to Italy with Shakespeare”s romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing (June 21 – Aug. 4), directed by Georgia Shakespeare Producing Artistic Director Richard Garner.
In July, the company will present The Importance of Being Earnest (July 5 – Aug. 3).# This production will be the first time that Georgia Shakespeare has ever presented a play by Oscar Wilde.
If you”re looking for a great night out with friends, you can bring a basket and your favorite bottle of wine to Georgia Shakespeare”s covered and shaded picnic terrace before the show.# The picturesque setting is the perfect way to start your evening before you head into theater for the performance.
And if you”re looking for something to do with the kids this summer, you can check out Georgia Shakespeare”s 2012 Family Classic Series show, The Emperor and the Nightingale.# Adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen story, this family musical tells the tale of a beautiful songbird who transforms a troubled emperor into the land”s wisest ruler.
Subscription packages and single tickets are on sale now. For more information call the Box Office at 404.504.1473 or visit www.gashakespeare.org.
Georgia Shakespeare is the Professional Theater in Residence at Oglethorpe University and is located at 4484 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA# 30319.