Actors' Renaissance Summer

ASC returns with a three-show summer season!

The audience of Macbeth at Rose Terrace. Photo by Amy Wolf.

Check out ASC's summer lineup of engaging programming for all ages!

Shakespeare's birthday participant 2018. Photo by Lauren Rodgers.

Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

 

 

Electrifying and immediate, Macbeth plunges headlong into the darkest depths of the human condition and the toxic underbelly of politics and warfare—with murder begetting murder, and blood thirsting for blood. This twisted tale ends as it began, in the manifestation of a dark prophecy; with one final, fatal blow, the light prevails and tomorrow dawns anew.

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Henry V

by William Shakespeare

 

 

In this final, epic installment of Shakespeare’s Henriad trilogy, ASC veteran Brandon Carter leads “once more unto the breach” as King Henry V—one of the greatest monarchs in English history. Swashbuckling adventure and romance burst at the seams of this the most exciting of Shakespeare’s histories, which ends, as so many of the great stories do, in a wedding.

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All's Well That Ends Well

by William Shakespeare

 

 

Helena has a heart that will not be denied. All’s Well That Ends Well upends and reexamines the love story, reveling in the imperfection. Part fairy tale, part farce, and all heart, this often-overlooked masterpiece takes audiences on a hilarious journey through courtship and class, danger and desire, and ridicule and (if the title proves true) redemption.

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Professional Development Weekends

 

 

These two-day, in-person programs feature six curated 'playshops'—interactive workshops where you learn and practice activities to use in your classroom while gaining valuable insight and information—and tickets to the related shows! As an added bonus, teachers can earn Continuing Education Units for professional development. (Summer 2021 Dates: July 9 - 10 and August 13 - 14)      

Prep For The Play: Henry V

Henry V Virtual SHXcademy - Prep for the Play! Are you prepared for Henry V? Join team Education for a crash course in ASC’s approach to Shakespeare’s text with four interactive workshops that will hone your textual toolkit and help you approach the play like an actor. Dive deep into the text of Shakespeare’s famous history to learn how the play came together and make your own choices about performance -- all without leaving your couch.
The SHXCademy will meet synchronously on Zoom for 60-90 mins each night for the four nights leading up to Henry V’s ASC opening (June 14-17), covering a different topic each night (schedule below). Join us for one workshop or all four!
  • Monday, June 14 @ 5:30pm ET- Editing Shakespeare
  • Tuesday, June 15 @ 5:30pm ET - Verse
  • Wednesday, June 16 @ 5:30pm ET - Rhetoric
  • Thursday, June 17 @ 5:30pm ET- Stage
 

Live @ Blackfriars

Join ASC music maestro Chris Johnston and special guests for a free concert from the Blackfriars stage, streamed live! Next Live@ coming in September!

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Playhouse Tours

Our ASC Education Tour Guides will take you up, down, and around the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor playhouse and share secrets and anecdotes from the past and the present (exact tour spots dependant upon actor presence in the building). 

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ASC at MBU's Rose Terrace

Announcing ASC's Summer 2021 Outdoor Venue! This open, yet intimate experience is the perfect backdrop for Shakespeare’s mystical and bloody tragedy, Macbeth.

Playhouse Tours

Our ASC Education Tour Guides will take you up, down, and around the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor playhouse and share secrets and anecdotes from the past and the present.

Prep for the Play: Henry V

Join team Education for a crash course in ASC’s approach to Shakespeare’s text with four interactive workshops that will hone your textual toolkit and help you approach the play like an actor! Choose one workshop or all four!

Become Ingrained

When you support American Shakespeare Center, you become ingrained in the Blackfriars Playhouse. Join us by making your tax-deductible donation today.

ASC SafeStart

ASC was among the first companies in North America to return to live performance with our innovative & evolving SafeStart Plan. Learn more & explore our calendar...