Original Practice Shakespeare Fest is dedicated to bringing a new style of Shakespearean performance to Portland, and the surrounding area, by reviving the old. Their actors perform using the same performance techniques as they did in Shakespeare’s own time, which means limited rehearsal; an onstage prompter; fast-paced, energetic acting; and lots of audience interaction!
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From press release:
June 21 – August 25, 2013
Free | All Ages | More info: opsfest.org
Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Presents Comedie of Errors, Macbeth and five other Shakespearian plays
About the season:
Now in its fifth season, the Original Practice Shakespeare Festival (OPS Fest), a non-profit theatre company, introduces two new Shakespeare plays to its repertory: Comedie of Errors and Macbeth.
Comedie of Errors ups the usual Shakespearean ante by having not one but two sets of identical twins, which means twice the mistaken identity, twice the goofiness, twice the romance, and twice the puns.
In contrast, Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s more terrifying tragedies, portrays a dark tale of fate, ambition, witches, murder, and guilt.
June 21st marks their third Annual “Midsummer Midsommer” performance of A Midsommer Nights Dreame on a Midsummer night, at the top of Council Crest Park. This raunchy late-night performance is not suitable for children, and this year will feature reverse-gender casting.
OPS Fest will also present their 3rd annual Laurelhurst Shakespeare Festival from July 17th-21st in Laurelhurst Park, where they perform all seven of their plays in only five days.
Performance dates in the Portland, OR area:
Friday, June 21 – 10 pm Council Crest Park (A Midsommer Nights Dreame)
Saturday, June 22 – 2 pm Cathedral Park (Comedy of Errors)
Sunday, June 23 – 1 pm Fernhill Park (As You Like It)
Saturday, June 29 – 2 pm Washington Park (Comedy of Errors)
Sunday, June 30 – 2 pm Lents Park (Comedy of Errors)
Friday, July 5 – 7 pm, Director Park (Romeo and Juliet)
Saturday, July 6 – 7 pm, Director Park (Macbeth)
Sunday, July 7 – 2 pm, Esther Short (Comedy of Errors)
Saturday, July 13 – 2 pm, Irving Park (Much Adoe About Nothing)
Saturday, July 13 – 7 pm, Irving Park (Macbeth)
Sunday, July 14 – 2 pm, Irving Park (Comedy of Errors)
Wednesday, July 17 – 7 pm, Laurelhurst Park (Twelfe Night)
Thursday, July 18 – 7 pm, Laurelhurst Park (Much Adoe About Nothing)
Friday, July 19 – 7 pm, Laurelhurst Park (Romeo and Juliet)
Saturday, July 20 – 2 pm, Laurelhurst Park (As You Like It)
Saturday, July 20 – 7 pm, Laurelhurst Park (Macbeth)
Sunday, July 21 – 2 pm, Laurelhurst Park (Comedy of Errors)
Sunday, July 21 – 7 pm, Laurelhurst Park (A Midsommer Nights Dreame)
Sunday, July 21 – 1 pm, Peninsula Park (Much Adoe About Nothing)
Sunday, July 28 – 1pm, Kenton Park (Much Adoe About Nothing)
Friday, August 2 – 7 pm, Nehalem Bay (Macbeth)
Saturday, August 3 – 7 pm, Nehalem Bay (Comedy of Errors)
Saturday, August 10 – 1 pm, Post 5 Theatre (Comedy of Errors)
Friday, August 17 – 7 pm, Post 5 Theatre (Macbeth)
Saturday, August 17 – 2 pm, Marylhurst University (Comedy of Errors)
Saturday, August 25 – 1 pm, Mt. Tabor (Comedy of Errors)
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