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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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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 Hilary Alexa Caldwell

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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Every Christmas Story Ever Told

Keene (Staged Reading)

by ANCHULI FELICIA KING

A ONE NIGHT ONLY EVENT A heartfelt ode to always being the second-class genius of color, Keene is a playful riff on early-career academia, Shakespeare’s Othello, and the power of American pop. Winner of the second year of Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries (SNC).  

November 17, 2019
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Anne Page Hates Fun

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.

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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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SNC Staged Reading

Hear a staged reading of the Shakespeare's New Contemporaries-winning play KEENE for FREE on November 17th!

FRESH OFF THE PRESSES

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

This Friday with Dr. Ralph

Join Paige Reynolds, Professor of English, to discuss Gendered Violence and Staging Intimacy at 5pm on Friday 11/15!

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