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The Willard Suitcases joins ASC's Roman Trio in repertory

Nancy Anderson. Photo by Lauren Rogers Parker.

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Topher Embrey. Photo by Lauren Rogers Parker.

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The Willard Suitcases

By Julianne Wick Davis

Directed by Ethan McSweeny

A world-premiere musical. "We all have baggage. What's yours?"

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 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 - January 1
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Every Christmas Story Ever Told

Downton Abbey Movie Screening

Join ASC and Davidson Perry-Miller for this special pre-screening of the Downton Abbey movie - before it's wide release! Grab your 1920's garb and join us for the reception and screening to be held at the Visulite Cinema in downtown Staunton! All proceeds will benefit the American Shakespeare Center.

September 19
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2019 Annual Gala

Come celebrate with us! ASC will honor award-winning actors Paul Gross and Martha Burns alongside long-time regional arts supporters Chris and Betsy Little at the Annual Gala! The event will celebrate new artistic director Ethan McSweeny’s first season and feature both ASC’s resident company and touring troupe, as well as members of the world-class Heifetz Institute, in a special Gala performance at the Blackfriars Playhouse. Get your tickets now to partake in the dinner, drinks, dancing, and performances! 

September 21
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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. Note: Some instances may be full-length versions of the play. Please check before purchasing tickets. 

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Take A Trip to Downton With Us

Grab your 1920s garb and join us at this pre-screening - proceeds to benefit the work of ASC!

2020 Artistic Year Announced

Join us in 2020! Ethan McSweeny just announced all fifteen titles.

Gala Tickets Are On Sale NOW!

Celebrate with us at the 2019 Annual Gala!

2020 Subscriptions Now Available!

NEW! "Chart Your Course" subscriptions can save you up to 35% on our fifteen amazing titles in 2020!

This Week's Dr. Ralph

Friday, September 13 at 5:00pm: "Season Planning: The Art Behind the Art" with Paul Menzer and Ethan McSweeny. $5, or free for ASC subscribes and MBU S&P students