Washington DC,

By Melissa Leon

Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC

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The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Free For All is a much-loved Washington tradition, offering free performances of a Shakespearean classic to the general public. 

The mission of the Shakespeare Theatre Company is to present classic theatre of scope and size in an imaginative, skillful and accessible American style that honors the playwrights’ language and intentions while viewing their work through a 21st-century lens.

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  • Melissa says:

    I love this blog post and the massive journey that it took to get to Kansas!

  • Sophie says:

    Oh my god this looks gorgeous!!! One question, is it June 19 or August 11th? I hope I didn’t miss it!!

  • Janet says:

    I spent this day, immersing myself in the goals & purposes of this venture. WIN is my favorite play and I’ve always found open-air productions highlight notes in the play that may be lost indoors. To have Mother Nature on the Sound/Special Effects crew was certainly lucky. I look forward to additional insights duuring your “progress.”

  • Jinny Webber says:

    Loved your description of the effect of the weather on the production: hardy folk in that audience. I enjoy following you all on your grand Shakespeare adventure!

    • Paul Prescott says:

      Thanks so much Jinny – hardy (and kind) folk indeed! Do stay in touch.

      • Janet says:

        Harlem is northern Manhattan and about 20 minutes from my house. Schedule says 10-14 Aug, so just let me know when & where. If not, I can probably work on another site. Just let me know. I sent you my cell #.

  • Nathan Bovos says:

    So glad you got to speak with our wonderful Shakespeare Youth. They are one of the most important parts to our Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and what makes ours so unique. These kids will be the next generation of our Festival artists and continue on Kansas City’s greatest summer tradition.

  • Nathan Bovos says:

    Paul , we miss you all already. I would like to add to your wonderful piece on the openness that the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival park gives our patrons each year. As we were talking about last night, mid westerners while kind and inviting, do enjoy their space. This festival is one of those few times I feel where Kansas Citians, so used to the wide gaps of space love, to cram in together, blankets intertwined, and sit elbow to elbow and enjoy the best summer tradition our city has to offer. It always feels like a big family reunion.

  • Sidonie says:

    Our entire company thoroughly enjoyed every moment of your visit with us! On behalf of a grateful Board of Directors, production designers, cast, crew and teen Shakespeare actors, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts. Your enthusiasm for Shakespeare and your epic project and journey infused our final weekend of performances with extra joyand helped to hold us aloft! We hold you in our hearts here in the heart of the US. Kansas City looks forward to your next visit. We will be eagerly following your adventures. We are so glad to be part of SHAKESPEARE ON THE ROAD! “VWP” of you to include us, we say. ;-)

  • Phil Watkins says:

    So much fun to get a chance to meet & speak with you, Paul. Oh, and Paul as well!

    Catherine & I were delighted to visit with you over the intermission, and happy we didn’t run you off. Kansas City is privileged to have you here at the start of your tour around the US.

    I’ve alerted a friend who lives near Winedale, TX that you’ll be coming through there. I’m hoping he & his wife will come out to their production when you’re visiting.

    Looking very much forward to hearing more about the tour, how things are going on the road, and your general impression of touring through the States.

    And more photos!



  • Please give my love to Barbara Gaines, Marilyn Halperin and everyone at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Being within reach of that company was one of the best things about living in Chicago (and given the music and the architecture and the people that Chicago has going for it, that is saying a lot). I miss it terribly.

  • Janet says:

    I saw the London production of Abridged, and was most impressed by the extreme contrast between the unfolding parody of the stage performance and the 19th C pros-arch stage itself (and the theatre that encased the two). The beautiful architecture and decoration of the theatre gave the audience a feeling of by-gone
    elegance which quickly dissipated when every vaudeville “boobs” joke flowed effortlessly from the Nurse

  • Janet says:

    from RNJ. Thank you for sharing your response to the humour and delight that parody of the texts can give to a broad spectrum of audience member Shakespeare experiences.

  • I had the pleasure of acting here in 2001-2003, and it was one of the highlights of my acting career. Working with Gary Griffin on both Shakespeare and Sondheim was inspiring and a little terrifying. I remember always trying to live up to the excellence happening all around me. And a pub that stays open after the show? Come on! Great theatre. I know you’ll enjoy your visit.

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  • Janet says:

    Ah, those Romantics! Curious to bring up Niagara Falls in Central Park. However, I love that he claims Shakespeare as “OUR great dramatist,” from one Will to another…

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