Blackfriars Playhouse mainstays Chris Johnston and Allison Glenzer share their secrets about performing, life as an actor, and much more.
The American Shakespeare Center seeks a candidate with a love of numbers and experience with Excel, Google Drive and Accounting for a paid finance internship.
Check here for ASC's Policies on Cameras and Recording Devices, Bringing Kids to the Blackfriars Playhouse, Access Services, Inclement Weather Policy, and Parking.
Performances will continue as scheduled unless we experience a loss of power or there are extremely dangerous conditions. For patrons who cannot travel safely to the Playhouse, we will waive our standard exchange fee. Learn more...

Education & Research

The American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp seeks show directors and counselors -- spend part of your summer with our amazing campers, preparing shows for the stage of the Blackfriars Playhouse.
Join us for our Winter Teacher Seminar, January 30th-31st, exploring classroom activities for THE TAMING OF THE SHREW.
The American Shakespeare Center's Education Department offers a variety of internships throughout the year, providing an excellent opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career in teaching or higher education.


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On Stage Now


Pericles, Prince of Tyre


Buffeted from shore to shore by the winds of destiny, Pericles must navigate the whole of the Mediterranean on his search for peace, love, and family. His journey becomes an astonishing adventure filled with assassins, shipwrecks, pirates, brothels, goddesses, and magicians. He must weather loss and heartbreak before the storm calms with miraculous reunion and wondrous rebirth.  MORE...

Edward II

Edward II


Consumed by obsessive love for a male courtier, the newlycrowned King Edward II risks everything – crown, country, and even his own life – with a dangerous affair. When his foundation of divine right begins to crumble, Edward realizes the limitations of his power, but not before the whispers of treason have started to swell to a roar.  MORE...


The Comedy of Errors


In this rollicking farce, Shakespeare elevates Roman comedy to dizzying heights. Two long-separated twins, their two tricky servants (also twins), a jealous wife, and her lovelorn sister romp through Shakespeare’s shortest play. Filled with mistaken identities, slapstick humor, and the fabulous Dr. Pinch, The Comedy of Errors will have the whole family laughing from the first confusion to the last.  MORE...


Cyrano de Bergerac


Enormous wit, tremendous bravery, and a gargantuan nose. Cyrano is passionately in love with the glorious Roxanne, but believes that she could never love him as he is. He creates poetry to woo his great love on behalf of the beautiful Christian, whom Roxanne imagines she loves. After years of mourning, Cyrano finally learns the answer to the question he could never ask.  MORE...




From the first words of the play until the title character loses his head, Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy is also his most unrelenting examination of the dark side of humanity. Driven to bloody deeds by their lust for power, Macbeth and his Lady fight to hold on to their ill-gotten throne, their sanity, and each other by any means necessary.  MORE...

Coming Soon


A Christmas Carol


The 12 Dates
of Christmas


The Santaland



Paul Beers and Michelle Buonocore of Roanoke, VA

Rory J. Cutaia and Jaymie A. Cutaia of Middlebrook, VA 

Mike and Emma Gutzler of Middlebrook, VA

Dan Layman and Pamela Fox of Staunton, VA

Chris and Betsy Little of McDowell, VA

Paige Royer and Kerry Clayton of New Orleans, LA

Lawrence and Sandra Rose of Penn Laird, VA

Grisanti Capital Management of New York, NY

Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center 

Frederick House, a small hotel,
celebrating more than 10 years as our Annual Sponsor

Shakespeare in American Communities

We are proud to acknowledge that the American Shakespeare Center receives financial support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.


American Shakespeare Center's student matinee program is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtsMidwest.

The American Shakespeare Center is proud to partner with Mary Baldwin College.



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The Comedy of Errors

Friday, November 28, 2014, 2:00 pm


Friday, November 28, 2014, 7:30 pm



Saturday, November 29, 2014, 2:00 pm

Edward II

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 7:30 pm


Cyrano de Bergerac

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 2:00 pm


ASC on Tour

All the world's a stage, and the American Shakespeare Center On Tour has played it. More