Spring 2024

Three can't-miss classics now playing in rep

"VERSATILE AND INNOVATIVE" - DC THEATER ARTS

Sarah Fallon, Joe Mucciolo, Kenn Hopkins Jr. Photo by October Grace Media.

Summer 2024

Announcing the first title in an epic summer season line-up

Photo by October Grace Media.

Enrichment Programming

Take your ASC experience to the next level

Julius Caesar

Hail Caesar, home from the wars…what darker fate awaits him? Suspicion, conspiracy, and power lust boil up in a rush to murder in Shakespeare’s gripping political masterpiece. As friendships are sundered and loyalties are tested, guilt pursues the killers to their dark ends. "A fresh take, and a welcome one, on a classic political drama" - Andrew Walker White, DC Theater Arts

January 25 - June 8
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Pride and Prejudice

In Elizabeth Bennet's iconic journey toward love, she learns the pitfalls of hasty judgment and discovers the difference between superficial and genuine goodness. The sharp wit and irresistible romance of Jane Austen’s masterwork has won generations of fans—now see it come to life on stage in a lively new adaptation by ASC veteran playwright Emma Whipday!"Whipday’s stage adaptation is spot-on, as is the show itself." - Andrew Walker White, DC Theater Arts

February 1 - June 8
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

In this beguiling comedy, no one ends as they began. Magic-wielding fairies, yearning lovers, and foolish clowns swap one role for another as they romp through an enchanted wood—with their antics set down in some of Shakespeare’s most glorious and indelible words. “Lord, what fools these mortals be”….and how we love them!

March 14 - June 9
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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] (again)

This internationally acclaimed (and hilarious) [and beloved] distillation of all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays is returning to the Blackfriars Playhouse! 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. After a successful run in 2023, this irreverent, fast-paced romp through Shakespeare's canon is returning this year for another limited engagement, this time with an all-new cast of ASC veteran actors. “If you like Shakespeare, you’ll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show!” - The Today Show

June 13 – July 7, 2024
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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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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 some local wineries and breweries for a special pre-show experience. Enjoy a tasting of some of the best libations in the area in our upper lobby on select Saturdays throughout 2023. These tastings include a limited edition souvenir glass to take with you.  

Monthly
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"No Kidding" Programs for Adults

 

 

"No Kidding" is an education programming series for anyone 18 and up! Join in the fun and perform on the Blackfriars Stage along with ASC Education Artists and other special guests.  

Throughout 2024
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Teacher Seminars

Join us for a weekend at the Blackfriars Playhouse where you will rediscover the joy and accessibility of teaching Shakespeare. Our practical approach will send you back to the classroom equipped to make Shakespeare’s 16th-century lessons engaging for your 21st-century students.  

March 22-24
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Virtual Playhouse Tour

Explore behind the scenes at the beautiful Blackfriars Playhouse with a virtual Playhouse tour. Similar to our in-person tour, learn about our modern theater and its historical predecessor—with added locations inaccessible to the public!

Year Round
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FILL OUR CENTER WITH LOVE

Throughout the month of February, patrons visiting the Blackfriars Playhouse are invited to join ASC and Valley Children’s Advocacy Center in a heartfelt initiative: writing notes of encouragement and empowerment for survivors of child sexual abuse.

ELEVATE YOUR EXPERIENCE

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. Next Shakespeare Uncorked is with Barrel Oak Winery and Brewery on Saturday, March 9!

A NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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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