"A GEM
OF A SHOW"

- Peter Marks, The Washington Post

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Nancy Anderson. Photo by Lauren Parker.

THE SPIRIT OF
CHRISTMAS
LIVES HERE

Holiday traditions begin at the Blackfriars!

Topher Embrey. Photo by Lauren Parker.

14 ACTORS.
4 PLAYS.
NO DIRECTORS.

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Brandon Carter. Photo by Lauren Parker.

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Special performances, talk backs, lectures, and more!

The Willard Suitcases

By Julianne Wick Davis

Directed by Ethan McSweeny

We all have baggage — what's yours? Contains adult content.

September 25-December 1
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willard suitcases annabelle rollison chris johnston sylvie davidson ronald roman melendez

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. Contains some adult content. 

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

A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens

Adapted by James McClure

Marley, the three Christmas ghosts, the Cratchits, and Tiny Tim are all back to take Scrooge on the ride of his money-grubbing life. Expect to be right in the middle of this beloved tale with new twists, surprises, and a production filled with music and cheer for the whole family.

December 4 - 29
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a christmas carol

Every Christmas Story Ever Told

by MICHAEL CARLETON, JIM FITZGERALD,
and JOHN K. ALVAREZ

Original music by WILL KNAPP

What better way to ring in the holidays than with every Christmas story ever? This fast-paced romp takes you on the Christmas journey of a lifetime, through your favorite holiday classics, and then some. Hold on tight as you take a tinsel-covered rollercoaster ride bursting with laughter, carols, and joy, and prepare to leave with memories to last a lifetime.

December 7 - December 26
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Much Ado About Nothing

by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Feel the joy of love won and the ache of love lost as this story makes you laugh, breaks your heart, and then somehow puts it back together again in Shakespeare’s tale of trickery and true love.

January 24 - April 19, 2020
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jessika williams

Henry IV, Part 2

by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

While young Prince Hal follows the path toward kingship under the eye of his father, the aging Falstaff drinks and starts trouble. The satisfying end to a tale too full of adventure to be told in just one play...

January 31 - April 18, 2020
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A King and No King

by FRANCIS BEAUMONT and JOHN FLETCHER

Travel to the land of Iberia—a sort of adult Never-Never-Land—where King Abracas’ royal dilemmas include marrying off his sister before his own feelings for her get in the way and a murderous plot against him hatched by his own mother. This show is wickedly funny!

February 21 - April 17, 2020
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Arden of Faversham

Henry IV, Part 1 (Revival)

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Shakespeare’s masterful tale of family and friends, honor and happiness, and those moments when we are forced to choose between the thing we desire and the thing we know we must do.

March 19 - April 18, 2020
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Henry IV, Part 1

A Chaste Maid in Cheapside

by THOMAS MIDDLETON

ASC’s signature Renaissance Run of this delightful script may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Watch as our skilled actors, scripts in hand, navigate the multiple plots and dramatic ironies of this romp through the city of Cheapside...

April 5 - 16, 2020
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zoe speas

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 at 5pm
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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

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.

Select Dates
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The Defamation of Cicely Lee (Staged Reading)

By EMMA WHIPDAY

Companion Play to IMOGEN (aka CYMBELINE)

A ONE NIGHT ONLY EVENT Each season ASC chooses a new play that parallels with Shakespeare in some way, and this one is a winner indeed, the story of a maidservant in 1611 who is accused of adultery and must fight for her honor—and her life.

January 19, 2020
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Jon Crispin Visits

The Willard Suitcases photographer Jon Crispin will be at the Blackfriars on 11/22 for an on-stage discussion with Ethan McSweeny & book signing afterwards!

TWO WEEKS LEFT

There are less than 14 days left in the Fall Repertory Season! Have you seen the complete Roman Trio yet? Or treated yourself to ASC's first world-premiere musical? Don't miss out!

FRESH OFF THE PRESSES

"American Shakespeare Center has broadened its creative horizons, " writes Peter Marks of The Washington Post about our Fall Rep!

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