JULIUS CAESAR

A cautionary tale about the unintended consequences of political assassination.

David Anthony Lewis and John Harrell. Photo by Lauren Rogers Parker.

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Peter Marks speaks with Ethan McSweeny.

Julius Caesar

By William Shakespeare 

Directed by Ethan McSweeny

A cautionary tale about the unintended consequences of political assassination.

June 25 - Nov 30
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Julius Caesar John Harrell David Anthony Lewis

Antony and Cleopatra

By William Shakespeare 

Directed by Sharon Ott

Two great leaders entangle themselves and their nations in one great big romantic mess.

June 26 - Nov 30
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Antony and Cleopatra Geoffrey Kent Zoe Speas

Caesar and Cleopatra

By George Bernard Shaw

Directed by Eric Tucker

A wily old general mentors a fiery young queen in the finer points of state-craft.

August 8 - Nov 29
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Caesar and Cleopatra Constance Swain David Anthony Lewis

The Willard Suitcases

By Julianne Wick Davis

Directed by Ethan McSweeny

We all have baggage. Coming this Fall.

Sept 25 - Dec 1
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Willard Suitcases

Midsummer 90

By William Shakespeare 

Directed by Nathan Winkelstein

A special Summer presentation by the ASC National Tour troupe! A 90 minute adaptation of Shakespeare's mischievous comedy is a tribute to humankind's power of imagination, and reveals that the "course of true love" can alter with just one touch of magic.

July 13 - Sept 29
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Midsummer Nights Dream 90 2019

Dr. Ralph Presents

Renowned Shakespeare scholar and ASC Co-Founder and Director of Mission Ralph Alan Cohen provides his unique and cunning insight prior to the evening’s performance.  Including appearances from special guest speakers and artists, Ralph’s charm and good humor make this entertaining and enlightening lectures series a Blackfriars Playhouse favorite.

Most Friday Nights
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Discovery Space

On Sunday mornings, ASC Education staff or special guests lead you on an exciting adventure to explore one of the season's shows through an ever-changing lens!

Most Sunday Mornings
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Discovery Space Education at the American Shakespeare Center

Summer: Festival Season Titles Announced

Artistic Director Ethan McSweeny announces his inaugural season at ASC.

"I arrived in Staunton a skeptic, I left a believer."

Peter Marks raves about our Actors' Renaissance Season.

Shakespeare's New Contemporaries Year Three

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Washington Post: Ethan McSweeny to head ASC

“The longer I’m at this, I find that limitations are actually a kind of freedom. It really fires my creativity to imagine what you would do if you had nothing more than Shakespeare had.”