ASC returns
to its roots!

A versatile troupe of actors, performing at the Blackfriars Playhouse and around the region...
Join us for the Summer 2020 SafeStart Season!

Jessika D. Williams and Mia Wurgaft. By Lauren Parker.


More Digital Initiatives Coming Soon

"What does a theater company do when it can’t do what it was created for?
Anything it can think of." — The Washington Post

Much Ado About Nothing. Photo by Lindsey Walters.

Streaming is Over
(For Now)

BlkFrsTV is off the air for the time being - but check back this summer for more additions to our streaming platform!

Kenneth Hopkins Jr for The Grapes of Wrath. Photo by Lauren Parker.



If truth has lost its meaning, how long can love survive?  Evil is everywhere in Shakespeare’s great tragedy of racism and jealousy, as the love of Othello and Desdemona is destroyed by envy and fact is twisted by innuendo.  You’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat as the deadly machinations unfold. 

Begins July 31
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Twelfth Night

Directed by DAN HASSE

Shipwrecked Viola is in love with Orsino...who is in love with Olivia…who is in love with Cesario…who is secretly Viola disguised as a man. In a world turned upside down, what could possibly go wrong (or right?) Shakespeare’s beloved comedy of (mis)identity arrives in a 90-minute, no intermission romp!

Begins July 25
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Dr. Ralph Presents: 'Then Must You Speak'

AN EXPLORATION OF RACE AND SHAKESPEARE This series will bring together scholars and artists for probing conversations about race and Shakespeare in order to grow our understanding of the many ways in which "classical" theatre and how we pursue it in America exposes and intersects with issues of social justice, systemic racism, equity, and the perpetuation of White supremacy culture while simultaneously offering a lens through which to imagine and embody positive change.

Each Friday at 5 PM
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Live @ Blackfriars

Join ASC music maestro Chris Johnston and special guests for a free, monthly concert from the Blackfriars stage, streamed live on ASC’s Facebook!

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Virtual SHXcademy


Join our Education Team and ASC artists as we take the practices of the rehearsal room and introduce them to students of all ages via online workshops.

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Sustain the artists you love while learning something new, with intimate, 6-week courses focused on the creative process & a variety of subjects.

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Education Resources Page

Use streaming video from BlkFrsTV alongside this collection of other ASC resources to create your own home curriculum or virtual classroom!

Always Available
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Explore BlkFrsTV


Since audiences can’t come to the Blackfriars, ASC is bringing the Playhouse to you. Click here to learn all about BlkFrsTV and to see everything we have to offer via our brand-new streaming platform! Or, click on the left to explore individual titles.

Streaming 24/7
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Confused? Have a question? Click here for answers for some of the frequently asked questions about our brand-new streaming service, BlkFrsTV!

Once More Unto the Breach...

The Washington Post goes behind the curtain of our re-opening in their newest article!

ASC SafeStart Plan

A version of our complete ASC SafeStart Plan is now available on our website.

Summer 2020 Visitor's Guide

Things might look a little different at the Playhouse. Here is what you need to know.

Keep the Lights On

Help us share the universal lighting of the Blackfriars Playhouse for years to come! 

2020 Artistic Year

Single tickets for our 2020 seasons are on sale! Peruse the 2020 calendar...