14 ACTORS.
4 PLAYS.
NO DIRECTORS.

"I arrived a skeptic. I left a believer." - Peter Marks, The Washington Post

Zoe Speas. Photo by Lauren Parker.

THE TOUR
COMES HOME

2019/20 National Tour returns to the Blackfriars Playhouse for a limited engagement!

Madeline Calais. Photo by Lauren Parker.

A VENETIAN TRIO

Explore the politics of evil, greed, jealousy, and social exclusion...

Topher Embrey. Photo by Lauren Parker.

Explore

Special performances, talk backs, lectures, and more!

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
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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
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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
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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
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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 (Select Dates)
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Directed by NATHAN WINKELSTEIN

ASC’s New Orleans-flavored production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream wades into a bayou of masked hobgoblins, enchanting nymphs, and imps who sing the blues. This playful comedy is a tribute to imagination, magic, and true love.

April 24 - May 31
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Imogen (aka Cymbeline)

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Directed by VANESSA MOROSCO

Cymbeline’s daughter Imogen finally gets star billing in ASC’s take on Shakespeare’s fairy-tale classic.

April 23 - May 30
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Imogen Cymbeline

The Grapes of Wrath

By JOHN STEINBECK

Adapted by FRANK GALATI

Directed by JOSÉ ZAYAS

A deeply affirming tribute to the endurance of the human spirit, Steinbeck’s Depression-era masterwork is a classic of American literature...

April 25 - May 29
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Grapes of Wrath 2019 - Kenneth Hopkins Jr

The Defamation of Cicely Lee

By EMMA WHIPDAY

Companion Play to IMOGEN (aka CYMBELINE)

The story, in conversation with Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, follows a maidservant in 1611 who is accused of adultery and must fight to tell her story—and defend her honor. A Shakespeare's New Contemporaries winner.

April 30 - May 30
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Othello

by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Evil is everywhere in Shakespeare’s great tragedy, as the love of Othello and Desdemona is destroyed by envy and jealousy, and truth twisted by innuendo. You’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat as the deadly machinations unfold.

June 19 - November 28
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The Merchant of Venice

by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Two of Shakespeare’s most indelible characters—Shylock and Portia—come to life in this saga of greed and vengeance, justice and mercy. Against a backdrop of intolerance suddenly buffeted by change, the play weaves interconnected tales of friendship, love, and family.

June 26 - November 29
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Volpone

by BEN JONSON

In Jonson’s comic masterpiece, the residents of extravagant Venice are transformed into animals by an infection of greed, as the rich, sly Volpone tries to trick his neighbors out of an inheritance through masks, feigned illness, and miserly mischief.

August 15 - November 27
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Twelfth Night 90

by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

A merry 90-minute, no-intermission romp through one of Shakespeare’s most joyous rom-coms!

June 19 - August 27
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Keene

by ANCHULI FELICIA KING

Companion Play to OTHELLO

Two young scholars of color, adrift in a sea of white at a Shakespeare conference that could shape their careers, grapple with their longing for recognition, the scrabbling competitiveness of their peers, and their own hilarious personal demons in this laugh-out-loud funny, thought-provoking play. A Shakespeare's New Contemporaries companion to Othello. 

Sept. 24 - Nov. 28
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Anne Page Hates Fun

Much Ado About Mimosas

Join us for a special pre-show event! Sip mimosas with your besties before enjoying a matinee of Shakespeare's hilarious and heartfelt Much Ado About Nothing! 

March 8 at 12:30 P.M.
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Meg Rodgers Much Ado About Nothing 2020

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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Playhouse Tours

Our experts in Renaissance plays and staging will take you up, down, and all around the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor playhouse and share secrets and anecdotes from the past and the present.

Year Round
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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

2020 Band Candy Benefit Concert

Celebrate with our rockin’ and talented actors while raising money for the music they make – that’s a pretty great two-in-one. The Band Candy benefit fund is an opportunity for you to directly support the musicians you love at the American Shakespeare Center.

April 19, 7:30 p.m.
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Shakespeare's Birthday Party

Join the ASC for FREE family-friendly events and activities to celebrate Shakespeare's 456th birthday!

April 25
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Shakespeare's Birthday Party

OPENING WEEKEND

Get caught up on the Actors' Renaissance during the official opening weekend! 3 days; 3 shows; 1 special Discovery Space; tons of fun!

Experience Mimosa Magic

Enjoy $5 mimosas at this special pre-show event on March 8 then add tickets to Much Ado About Nothing and make it the perfect Sunday afternoon!

Dr. Ralph Presents...

On February 28, Gretchen York presents special topic 'Both Flesh and Not: Nakedness and The Norwich Grocers’ Play,' hosted by Doreen Bechtol of MBU!

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2020 Artistic Year

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