Summer/Fall 2024

A summer Shakespeare spectacular

Jenny Bennett, Allie Babich, Ginna Hoben. Photo by October Grace Media.

Enrichment Programming

Take your ASC experience to the next level

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] (again)

This internationally acclaimed (and hilarious) [and beloved] distillation of all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays is returning to the Blackfriars Playhouse with an all-new cast of ASC veteran actors, after a successful run in 2023! In a rush to glory, three madcap players weave their wicked way through Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave audiences breathless and helpless with laughter.

June 13 – July 7, 2024
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Macbeth 2024

Step into an ominous world of witches, warfare, murder, and madness this season at the Blackfriars Playhouse with Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a relentless examination of the darkest depths of the human condition. This twisted tale begins with a supernatural prophecy that sets in motion a bloody course of events for Macbeth and his Lady as they descend into treachery and turmoil.

July 18 – November 23
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The Importance of Being Earnest 2024

Oscar Wilde's brilliant and wicked The Importance of Being Earnest, is a comedic masterpiece that unravels a web of mistaken identities, romantic entanglements, and clever deceptions. When two young gentlemen decide to adopt fictitious personas to escape the constraints of societal expectations, a whirlwind of hilarious misunderstandings ensues. As love interests collide and secret pasts are revealed, Wilde weaves a delightful tapestry of wit, absurdity, and biting satire.

July 25 – October 20
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The Merry Wives of Windsor 2024

In this uproarious comedy, Sir John Falstaff finds himself entangled in the shrewd schemes of two clever Windsor wives who unite to outwit one of Shakespeare's most endearing scoundrels. Set against the backdrop of Elizabethan domestic life and featuring an eclectic ensemble of zany characters, this irresistible comic confection weaves together romance and farce to create a joyful story of community and family.

September 12 – November 23
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Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors

In the treacherous mountains of Transylvania, a meek English real estate agent takes a harrowing journey to meet a new and mysterious client, who also just happens to be the most terrifying and ferocious monster the world has ever known: Count Dracula! Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors is a Bram-new comedy by Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen filled with clever wordplay and anything-goes pop culture references. This 90-minute, gender-bending, quick-changing, laugh-out-loud take on Bram Stoker’s iconic story is perfect for audiences of all blood types.

October 17 – November 24
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Friday Night Lights On

A series of Friday night lectures, workshops, and panels featuring a line up of scholars, industry experts, ASC familiar faces, and powerful partnerships.

Fridays at 5 PM
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"No Kidding" Programs for Adults



"No Kidding" Programs happen throughout the year to give adult theatre lovers (ages 18+) the chance to read, rehearse, and perform classic plays! Join in the fun and perform on the Blackfriars Stage along with ASC Education Artists and other special guests. Up next: No Kidding Drama Club's Spring Session from April 27-May 19!

Throughout 2024
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Bard & Bites 2024

Prepare to be dazzled as ASC and North Ridge Café join forces to bring you an unparalleled show experience! Enjoy a charcuterie box filled with local cured meats, cheeses, macarons, and more during select Sunday matinees throughout 2024. Pre-order is required for this snack box.

Select Sundays in 2024
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Shakespeare Uncorked

ASC has partnered with local wineries and breweries for a special pre-show experience. Enjoy a tasting of the best libations in the area in our upper lobby on select performance dates throughout the year.

Select Saturdays in 2024
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Playhouse Tours

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

Year Round
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Virtual Playhouse Tour

Interested in exploring our beautiful Blackfriars Playhouse, but can't attend an in-person tour? Purchase access to our Virtual Playhouse Tour instead! You'll be able to learn about our modern theater and its historical predecessor—with added locations inaccessible to the public on in-person tours!

Year Round
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Spend your Friday nights at the Blackfriars Playhouse! Each Friday from 5-6 PM enjoy a series of lectures, workshops, and panels featuring a line up of scholars, industry experts, ASC familiar faces, and powerful partnerships. Get tickets today!


ASC has partnered with local wineries and breweries for a special pre-show experience. Enjoy a tasting of the best libations in the area in our upper Playhouse lobby on select Saturdays throughout the year—June 22 will feature Ciders From Mars!


The American Shakespeare Center proudly announces the appointment of Vanessa Morosco as its new Executive Director, marking a significant milestone in the organization’s journey.


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