"I arrived a skeptic. I left a believer." - Peter Marks, The Washington Post
2019/20 National Tour returns to the Blackfriars Playhouse for a limited engagement!
A VENETIAN TRIO
Explore the politics of evil, greed, jealousy, and social exclusion...
Special performances, talk backs, lectures, and more!
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!
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.