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The Hand of Time Tour. Photo by Marek K Photography.

JULIUS CAESAR

A cautionary tale about the unintended consequences of political assassination.

Ronald Román-Meléndez. Photo by Lauren Rogers Parker.

Antigone

By SOPHOCLES

Translated by ROBIN BOND

Directed by DOREEN BECHTOL

Sponsored by RICHARD B. SMITH

In the aftermath of her brothers’ bloody war, Antigone is left torn. Her brother Eteocles will be honored, but her brother Polyneices will be shamed and denied funeral rites. In this ancient tale, Antigone stands for morality in spite of punishment as one of the earliest heroines in drama. Sophocles’s drama from 441 BC holds startling relevance today, examining divinity, obedience, and law – and how love overcomes them all.

HAND OF TIME TOUR | SPRING SEASON
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The Comedy of Errors

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Directed by DESDEMONA CHIANG

In this rollicking farce, Shakespeare elevates Roman comedy to dizzying heights. Two long-separated twins, their two tricky servants (also twins), a jealous wife, and her lovelorn sister romp through this fast-paced comedy. Filled with mistaken identities and slapstick humor, The Comedy of Errors will have audiences laughing from the first confusion to the last.

HAND OF TIME TOUR | SPRING SEASON
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The Winter's Tale

by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

directed by KEVIN RICH

Shakespeare’s magnificent late play is a roller-coaster ride from romance to tragedy to comedy and finally to a place of transcendent beauty that few other works of art have ever gone. “A sad tale’s best for winter,” but after unleashing a wintry tempest onto his characters, Shakespeare ultimately conjures spring’s miraculous rebirth.

HAND OF TIME TOUR | SPRING SEASON
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16 Winters, or the Bear's Tale

By MARY ELIZABETH HAMILTON

Directed by AMANDA McRAVEN

Companion play to THE WINTER’S TALE

Sponsored by KEVIN AND DIANE WILSHERE

SPRING SEASON ONLY Just how long does it take a jealous heart to cool? And how do you pass the time while it does? Spinning a world out of the 16-year gap at the heart of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Mary Elizabeth Hamilton’s play 16 Winters, or The Bear’s Tale traces the journeys of the exiled queen and her loyal attendant, the jealous king and his dead son, and the abandoned princess and her rebellious artistic cohort.

SPRING SEASON ONLY
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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 – November 30
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Julius Caesar

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 – November 30
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Antony and Cleopatra

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 – November 29
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Caesar and Cleopatra

Midsummer 90

By William Shakespeare 

Directed by Nathan Winkelstein

A 90-minute adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  

July 13 – September 29
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Midsummer 90

The Willard Suitcases

By Julianne Wick Davis

Directed by Ethan McSweeny

We all have baggage

September 25 – December 1
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Willard Suitcases

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.

Are you ready for spring?

Welcome home ASC on Tour from their more than six months delighting audiences from Maine to Texas with performances that left critics raving, “Shakespeare done right.”

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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.”