Ohio Shakespeare Festival

Ohio Shakespeare Festival From Stan Hywet to Greystone, Ohio Shakes performs live professional theatre in Akron's richest cultural venues. The Ohio Shakespeare Festival regards the actors, the script, and the audience as the quintessential elements of the theatre.
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As a professional theatre company, we are dedicated to articulating the inherently theatrical components of Shakespeare and his fellow playwrights throughout the ages in a manner that enables the collected imaginations of the artists to meet the collective imagination of the audience in a public celebration that transforms the world in which we live. Don't read Shakespeare--see Shakespeare LIVE.

Operating as usual

Perhaps you heard that indoor theatres have been cleared by the governor to reopen at
09/11/2020

Perhaps you heard that indoor theatres have been cleared by the governor to reopen at

Announcing the cast for our next radio play: THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME, airing here live on September 19 at 7pm ESTNarrato...
09/04/2020

Announcing the cast for our next radio play: THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME, airing here live on September 19 at 7pm EST

Narrator/Whitney/Nielson--Rodney M. Rice
Rainsford--Scott Shriner
Zaroff--Ryan Zarecki

#quarantheatre

Did you mark your calendar? September 19, 7pm EST, here on FB live. Another free radio play to thrill and chill your qua...
08/30/2020

Did you mark your calendar? September 19, 7pm EST, here on FB live. Another free radio play to thrill and chill your quarantine.

The next Ohio Shakes Radio Play!Based on the story by Richard Connell and adapted for our radio program by Sarah Coon (M...
08/26/2020

The next Ohio Shakes Radio Play!

Based on the story by Richard Connell and adapted for our radio program by Sarah Coon (Maid Marion..., Frankenstein).

THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME

Rainsford is a world renowned big-game hunter who doesn't give much thought to his prey. He is the hunter, after all, and they are his quarry. But the tables are drastically turned when his ship is sabotaged by General Zaroff, stranding Rainsford on Ship-Trap Island. And in a three-day struggle for his life, Rainsford finds out exactly what it's like to become the hunted.
This 30 minute, classic, high stakes thriller will leave us all wondering: who truly is the hunter and who is the hunted?

Streaming live on Facebook: September 19, 7pm.

We owe Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens a huge thank you.We could list out all the *many* things they did to help keep Shakespe...
08/21/2020

We owe Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens a huge thank you.

We could list out all the *many* things they did to help keep Shakespeare and theatre alive this summer in our community while most of the country didn't get the opportunity, but it would be a long list. Suffice it to say, SHHG bent over backward to help Ohio Shakespeare return for its 19th consecutive summer season in a safe and responsible way. We are so grateful for our long and ongoing partnership. "What other answer can we make but thanks and thanks and ever thanks."

Ohio Shakespeare Festival's cover photo
08/15/2020

Ohio Shakespeare Festival's cover photo

08/15/2020

Only one hour until our live radio broadcast of THE MONKEY'S PAW!

Tonight at 7pm--tune in for THE MONKEY'S PAW, a live, all original radio play. "See" you there for a good ol' scare! #qu...
08/15/2020

Tonight at 7pm--tune in for THE MONKEY'S PAW, a live, all original radio play. "See" you there for a good ol' scare! #quarantheatre

08/14/2020

Tomorrow night.
7pm. A live radio play.

Tune in here for THE MONKEY'S PAW

A HUGE shout out to our videographer: Flat Egg Productions. They have been our loyal trailer-makers for three years, and...
08/08/2020

A HUGE shout out to our videographer: Flat Egg Productions. They have been our loyal trailer-makers for three years, and now in the age of coronavirus, they continue to prove their great worth to our theatre by filming and distributing the digital performance of COMPLETE WORKS, thus making the show accessible even for folks who didn't feel safe attending the live show.

**Theatre makers take note** Flat Egg Productions is an excellent choice for your digital theatre needs. They understand the ins-and-outs of theatre more than your average tech company, are very easy to collaborate with, are safe and distant for in-person filming, and always prompt and communicative. Plus, they are a local small business.
www.flateggproductions.com

Today is your last chance to purchase your $10-15 ticket for the DIGITAL performance of The Complete Works of Will Shake...
08/07/2020

Today is your last chance to purchase your $10-15 ticket for the DIGITAL performance of The Complete Works of Will Shakespeare (abridged). Enjoy the show from the comfort of you couch!

The production was filmed in front of a live audience and edited by Flat Egg Productions to ensure a high quality digital experience. (We didn't just hold a phone up and hope for the best!)

Get your ticket today at https://www.showclix.com/event/complete-works-online

Announcing our next LIVE radio play!THE MONKEY'S PAW will premiere on FB Live 7pm EST on Saturday August 15. Just tune i...
08/06/2020

Announcing our next LIVE radio play!

THE MONKEY'S PAW will premiere on FB Live 7pm EST on Saturday August 15. Just tune in here for 30 minutes of quarantine, old-fashioned, spook'em fun.

STARRING:

Dean Coutris as the voice of Mr. White
Maya Nicholson as the voice of Mrs. White
Shley Snider as the voice of Herbert White
Geoffrey Darling as the voice of Sergeant Major Morris
Harold Darkow as the voice of The Man
Madelyn Hayes as the Narrator

#quarantheatre

08/02/2020

1 ticket opened up for TONIGHT and 1 for Thursday August 6. Grab em before the run goes back to totally sold out!

08/01/2020

We anticipate this question coming up today! So here's a reminder about our generous rain policy. Think dry thoughts, and see you tonight!
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We perform rain or shine, so feel free to bring an umbrella or raincoat if you are worried.

OSF will never cancel a show in advance due to weather.

In the rare event that we are forced to cancel the show, patrons are welcome to reschedule for free. For COMPLETE WORKS, we would add a rain date to accommodate the reschedules.

If there is rain on your performance and the show goes on, but you choose to not stay, you can still reschedule your tickets for free. But if there is no rain on a performance, reschedules won't be available.

5 tickets for COMPLETE WORKS have opened up for tonight's show! Get them while they exist!
07/31/2020
Ohio Shakespeare Festival

5 tickets for COMPLETE WORKS have opened up for tonight's show! Get them while they exist!

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The Complete Works of Will Shakespeare (abridged) will be available to view digitally on August 8 & 9.Purchase your link...
07/30/2020

The Complete Works of Will Shakespeare (abridged) will be available to view digitally on August 8 & 9.

Purchase your link for as little as $10, and we will email it to you the morning of August 8. Your link will remain active for 48 hours (so make sure you watch it before Monday!)

Get your digital tickets here: https://www.showclix.com/event/complete-works-online

The entire run of The Complete Works of Will Shakespeare (abridged) is officially sold out.We will not be making a wait ...
07/25/2020

The entire run of The Complete Works of Will Shakespeare (abridged) is officially sold out.

We will not be making a wait list, unfortunately.

We will let you know if an extension is possible!

And more details will be announced soon about our digital performance by Flat Egg Productions in early August.

Huzzah!

One (of many) cool things about the mask mandate? We've actually been doing it all along at Ohio Shakes. So nothing has ...
07/22/2020

One (of many) cool things about the mask mandate? We've actually been doing it all along at Ohio Shakes. So nothing has changed for your trip to the theatre.

-Masks required anytime you are not in your seat (which is pre-socially distanced from all other parties)

See you at the lagoon!

"Laughter is the best antidote to our worries and woes...a momentous occasion for the performing arts...Zarecki brings t...
07/21/2020
Silliness seriously welcome in socially distanced Shakespeare spoof

"Laughter is the best antidote to our worries and woes...a momentous occasion for the performing arts...Zarecki brings the comedy to giddy heights...ingenious staging...the company’s great sense of humor just keeps going...Ohio Shakespeare Festival and partner Stan Hywet are to be commended for making a safe, socially distanced outdoor production happen."

Almost entirely sold out until the final weekend--which is on it's way. Please don't wait to buy your tickets.

Laughter is the best antidote to our worries and woes, and Ohio Shakespeare Festival is sharing loads of mirth at the Akron area’s first live play

07/19/2020

Radar is clear and the early rain cooled it down nicely. Ready for the show!

Don't forget that your programs are digital this year! Just visit ohioshakespeare.com and click the green banner at the ...
07/18/2020
Complete Works (Abridged) cast

Don't forget that your programs are digital this year! Just visit ohioshakespeare.com and click the green banner at the top to view when you join us at the theatre.

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Photos from Ohio Shakespeare Festival's post
07/17/2020

Photos from Ohio Shakespeare Festival's post

07/13/2020

1st weekend only has 7 tickets left.
2nd weekend - only 50 tickets left.
COMPLETE WORKS will sell out. Tix at ohioshakespeare.com

First weekend SOLD OUT EXCEPT SUNDAY! Many other nights sold out or on their way. Please don't wait to get your tickets....
07/09/2020

First weekend SOLD OUT EXCEPT SUNDAY! Many other nights sold out or on their way. Please don't wait to get your tickets. We've even added a performance night to accommodate the demand. Tickets: 330-374-7574 or http://www.ohioshakespearefestival.com/complete-works

Not ready to come out and about yet? We totally get it. There will be a streaming option available for this production at a minimal price. Look for that info soon. #ohioshakesabridged

The Patreon folks found out earlier, but now we get to tell everyone. Our next radio play drama will be:THE MONKEY'S PAW...
07/03/2020

The Patreon folks found out earlier, but now we get to tell everyone. Our next radio play drama will be:

THE MONKEY'S PAW

adapted by Tess Burgler from the short story by W.W. Jacobs

This is the first radio drama we will produce that is entirely new. While all our radio dramas have been Ohio Shakes original works, both DRACULA and ROBIN HOOD had previously graced the Ohio Shakes stages. MONKEY'S PAW was developed in quarantine and for quarantine radio.

First week of tix sales: three sold out (or 1 ticket left) performances, and many more on their way. Please don't wait t...
07/01/2020

First week of tix sales: three sold out (or 1 ticket left) performances, and many more on their way. Please don't wait to get your tickets to COMPLETE WORKS (ABRIDGED) --presale tickets are required, this year.
#ohioshakesABRIDGED

www.ohioshakespeare.com/complete-works or 330-374-7574

Photo: Scott Custer, 2019 production

Ohio Shakespeare Quarantine Radio Plays now has it's own page you can join! All our free radio play content will continu...
06/25/2020

Ohio Shakespeare Quarantine Radio Plays now has it's own page you can join!

All our free radio play content will continue to be available here and on our website, but this page will be a catch-all for bonus content, polls, and teaser trailers, and unlimited access to all radio play and streaming content.

Join the conversation by clicking here: Ohio Shakespeare Quarantine Radio Plays

And don't miss ROBIN HOOD: A RADIO PLAY this Saturday morning!

Ohio Shakespeare encourages you to follow @_stillwerise as their auction for social justice is in full swing. Bid on ext...
06/24/2020

Ohio Shakespeare encourages you to follow @_stillwerise as their auction for social justice is in full swing. Bid on extraordinary items from makers and artists all across the nation.

Ohio Shakespeare has donated 4 Full Season Subscriptions to the auction--if you are a fan of ours and are still looking to purchase a subscription for future shows, please consider bidding on the item via their Instagram page.

Auction Date: June 20-29th
Benefitting:
Equal Justice Initiative @eji_org
M4BL @mvmnt4blklives
The Bail Project @bailproject
Black Lives Matter @blklivesmatter

Have you checked out our plan for reopening the outdoor theatre? The Health Department called it very thorough. We are p...
06/23/2020

Have you checked out our plan for reopening the outdoor theatre? The Health Department called it very thorough. We are pleased to be able to move forward with The Complete Works of Will Shakespeare (abridged) and keep our actors and audience as safe as possible.

Tickets are selling fast. Opening night close to sold out. Get yours soon. Presale tickets only. www.ohioshakespeare.com/complete-works

We will use the rest of this week to educate you about all the measures we are taking to keep our audience and our emplo...
06/21/2020
Shakespeare troupe plans for safe July return to Stan Hywet

We will use the rest of this week to educate you about all the measures we are taking to keep our audience and our employees safe as we return for outdoor theatre this July. To begin, please read this thorough article from Kerry Clawson, Akron Beacon Journal.

When Ohio Shakespeare Festival returns to its outdoor summer home at Stan Hywet in July with a revised production plan, one of the numerous

06/20/2020

Mark Saturday, June 27 on your calendar for our next Live Radio Play! One week from today.

11am, tune into Hudson Library & Historical Society page to hear ROBIN HOOD as a musical radio play adventure, fit for the whole family. Here's a little teaser of what's to come!

After ROBIN HOOD, we will continue to make Radio Plays throughout the remainder of 2020 to help entertain and connect with those stuck at home.

These will continue to be free to the public, and we will continue to pay our artists. If you are able, we'd love your support for this project--check out our affordable Pateron at

www.patreon.com/ohioshakes

#quarantheatre
#robinhood
#radioplay

Original music by Scott McKenna Campbell
Original script by Terry Burgler
Title card transition music is public domain

Address

103 S High St
Akron, OH
44308-1461

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 21:00
Thursday 09:00 - 21:00
Friday 09:00 - 21:00
Saturday 12:00 - 21:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

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(888) 718-4253

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OUR MISSION

The Ohio Shakespeare Festival regards the actors, the script, and the audience as the quintessential elements of the theatre. As a professional theatre company, we are dedicated to articulating the inherently theatrical components of Shakespeare and his fellow playwrights throughout the ages in a manner that enables the collected imaginations of the artists to meet the collective imagination of the audience in a public celebration that transforms the world in which we live.

For 17 years, Ohio Shakes has performed professional, accessible, and exciting Shakespeare outdoors at historic Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. In 2016, we added an indoor stage at beautiful Greystone Hall in the heart of Downtown Akron. Between our indoor and outdoor stages, we bring to life Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and classic musicals year-round in Akron, Ohio.

We are a company model, which means that many of our performers have been working together for a decade or more. The relationships we cultivate with one another enhance and inform our performances and our relationship with the audience at large. A number of our performers are also “actor-managers,” taking on other duties to improve the quality of the theatre. For example, our resident actor-manger Joe Pine also serves as our in-house Technical Director. When he is performing as Romeo, he is also spending his days building the sets (outdoors and indoors). Ryan Zarecki is a leading actor with the company who also choreographs all our stage combat, and he also serves as Properties Master. Tess Burgler manages media content, administrative work, and more throughout the year while also acting in the shows. These are just three examples of our 12 actor-managers. This actor-manager model allows our employees to become more invested in our art on multiple levels, which in turn makes the art even more meaningful and thoughtful. (Plus, it’s not dissimilar to the way Shakespeare’s original company of actors produced their shows!)

We believe in the vibrancy and immediacy of Shakespeare and other classic plays/playwrights. We are known for exciting and daring live stage combat, acrobatic dancing, rowdy and lively Greenshow (pre-show) performances, and a direct approach to classic language that helps the words become clear and relevant. Our shows are briskly paced but easily understood.

Above all, we respect the work of the playwright. We do not impose concepts or new themes onto our productions, but instead, we serve as the vehicle to tell the author’s story as clearly as possible.

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Happy closing to the cast & company of "Complete Works..."❤️
Hello OSF. I wanted to share what we've been working on during lockdown. It's King Lear performed by teddy bears. Hope you're all well and in good spirits.
Tess ... thought you'd enjoy this!
On this day in 1784, Benjamin Franklin (books by this author) wrote a letter to his daughter saying that he was not pleased about the choice of bald eagle as the symbol of America. He wished it had not been chosen as a "representative of our country" because, he said, it is a "Bird of bad moral Character." Franklin wrote about the eagle: "Like those among Men who live by Sharping and Robbing, he is generally poor, and often very lousy." There was a different fowl that Franklin championed as a true representative of the budding United States: "The Turkey," he wrote 236 years ago today, "is a much more respectable Bird, and ... a true original Native of America."
O mistress mine, where are you roaming? by William Shakespeare O mistress mine, where are you roaming? O stay and hear, your true love's coming, That can sing both high and low. Trip no further, pretty sweeting: Journeys end in lovers meeting, Every wise man's son doth know. What is love? 'tis not hereafter, Present mirth hath present laughter: What's to come is still unsure. In delay there lies no plenty, Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty: Youth's a stuff will not endure.
Lavish Love
I can't wait to see Maid Marion. Sounds terrific!
OSF fans, I have an extra ticket for ShakesBEER, yours for the asking! I will be at the theater about 7:45, will leave it at the front desk with your name on it. First person to respond gets it.
Well, here we are 5 days after the Green Show Show, and all the music and laughter from that happy evening are still swirling around in my head, causing me to break out in gleeful Irish song at unexpected moments. Probably highly annoying to those around me, but highly entertaining to me. Must go. Mush-a-ring dum-a-do dum-a-da...
To the cast & crew if The Lion in Winter: Break a leg opening night!
Shakespeare in Love was amazing!