McSweeny’s artistic vision builds upon the company’s foundational commitment to Shakespeare, expanding ASC’s diverse repertory to include a world-premiere musical and award-winning new talent

“One of the first things I learned after arriving in Staunton is that ASC’s artistic year is really made up of five distinct seasons, each featuring its own ensemble of actors and artists and each with a slightly different approach to exploring our commitment to Shakespearean performance conditions,” said McSweeny. “For my first summer, I wanted to emphasize the power of repertory theatre to tell stories bigger than just one play as well as invite audiences to spend a destination weekend with ASC.”

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SUMMER 2019: festival season


great plays. great authors. 1 great story.

See them in any combination, but don’t miss this epic journey in the lives of Caesar, Cleopatra, Antony, and the history of the Roman Empire.

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julius caesar

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Ethan McSweeny

A cautionary tale about the unintended consequences of political assassination.

Antony and cleopatra

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Sharon Ott

Two great leaders entangle themselves and their nations in one great big romantic mess.

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.


by William Shakespeare

Directed by Nathan Winkelstein

A 90-minute adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Fall 2019: Repertory season


words and music by Julianne Wick Davis

Directed by Ethan McSweeny

A new musical