News

Meet the 11 talented actors performing HAMLET, DOCTOR FAUSTUS, and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING across the US this year.
"Harrell...just IS Cyrano. A master of his craft and yet giving to his fellow players. Every pang of Cyrano’s insecurity, rush of exuberance, twinge of jealousy, glow of bravado...was clearly felt by all in attendance. "
On Saturday, June 14, ASC Co-founder and Director of Mission Dr. Ralph Alan Cohen was presented with the Globe Theatre's prestigious Sam Wanamaker Award for "pioneering work in Shakespearean theatre."
Check here for ASC's Policies on Cameras and Recording Devices, Bringing Kids to the Blackfriars Playhouse, Access Services, Inclement Weather Policy, and Parking.

Education & Research

Join us for our Fall Teacher Seminar, October 3rd-5th, exploring classroom activities for MACBETH and THE COMEDY OF ERRORS.
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.
At ASC Leadership Programs, participants will engage with Shakespeare's characters and rhetoric, as well as working in teams with cue scripts, to make choices about their own leadership styles and methods of delivery.
Cure your students' fear of Shakespeare by bringing them to the Blackfriars Playhouse for one of our six 2014-15 Student Matinees, including MACBETH, HAMLET, and THE TAMING OF THE SHREW.

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On Stage Now

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Comedy

The Comedy of Errors

NOW PLAYING THROUGH NOVEMBER 28

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

Cyrano de Bergerac

NOW PLAYING THROUGH NOVEMBER 30

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...


Macbeth

Macbeth

NOW PLAYING THROUGH NOVEMBER 29

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...


 

Sneak Peeks

Hamlet

HAMLET

Sneak Peeks
September 3, 6, & 11

Faustus

DOCTOR
FAUSTUS

Sneak Peeks
September 4, 6, & 10

Much Ado

MUCH ADO
ABOUT NOTHING

Sneak Peeks
September 5 & 7



Coming Soon

Edward II

Edward II

PAY WHAT YOU WILL SEPTEMBER 12 & 13

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...


Pericles

Pericles, Prince of Tyre

PAY WHAT YOU WILL SEPTEMBER 18 & 20

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...




WITH GRATITUDE TO OUR ANNUAL SPONSORS:

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

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 7:30 pm

TalkBack

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 10:00 pm

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Monday, September 1, 2014, 2:00 pm

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Cyrano de Bergerac

Friday, August 29, 2014, 7:30 pm

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Monday, September 1, 2014, 2:00 pm

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Macbeth

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 2:00 pm

The Comedy of Errors

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 7:30 pm

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Monday, September 1, 2014, 2:00 pm

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Cyrano de Bergerac

Sunday, August 31, 2014, 2:00 pm

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Monday, September 1, 2014, 2:00 pm

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ASC on Tour

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