Homeschool days

Homeschool Days for Spring 2024 will happen for Julius Caesar on Thursday, February 15 and A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Wednesday, May 15! Join us for a student matinee performance and a custom interactive workshop with our Education Team. Booking is available now!

Spring 2024 Homeschool Days

February 15, 2024 & May 15, 2024

You can select the following options for your group—mix and match to build your ideal experience:

10:30 AM: Performance of Julius Caesar (Feb 15) or A Midsummer Night’s Dream (May 15) (age requirement 7 and up)

$25 per attendee

12:30-1:00 PM: Post-show actor talkback

LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

2:30-3:30pm: Custom Interactive Workshop (recommended for ages 10 and up)

$20 per student attendee

About the WorkshopS

February 15: “We Should Totally Just Stab Caesar”

This specialty workshop is fully customized for students who just saw Julius Caesar and will feature three relevant topics: cue scripts, embedded stage directions, and stage blood.

May 15: “When My Cue Comes, Call Me”

This specialty workshop is fully customized for students who just saw A Midsummer Night’s Dream and will feature an interactive lesson on Early Modern cue scripts and how we use them at ASC as part of an Actors’ Renaissance season.

Parents are required to be present in the Playhouse during the workshop—open seating in the Playhouse will be available. 


BOOK NOW

February 15 Performance

May 15 Performance

To book the post-show workshop, email us at groupsales@americanshakespearecenter.com.

ASC currently does NOT require masks or proof of vaccination. 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

There will be a break after the show and talkback for lunch. The Woodrow Wilson Gardens will be open for picnicking (20 N. Coalter St) and there are also many eateries around downtown. We recommend Baja Bean, Remedy Burger, Hotel 24, and Pampered Palate for a quick lunch.

We ask that all participants for the workshop are back at the Blackfriars Playhouse by 2:20 PM so we can begin the 2:30 PM workshop on time.

ASC welcomes students aged 7 and up for the performance. The workshop is recommended for ages 10 and up.

February 15: “We Should Totally Just Stab Caesar”

This specialty workshop is fully customized for students who just saw Julius Caesar and will feature three relevant topics: cue scripts, embedded stage directions, and stage blood.

May 15: “When My Cue Comes, Call Me”

This specialty workshop is fully customized for students who just saw A Midsummer Night’s Dream and will feature an interactive lesson on Early Modern cue scripts and how we use them at ASC as part of an Actors’ Renaissance season.

Each workshop will last approximately 60 minutes.

No, but we do ask that you observe from the Playhouse seats (the workshop will take place onstage).

The run time for Julius Caesar is 2 hours 20 minutes including intermission. The run time for A Midsummer Night’s Dream is TBD.
A NOTE ON CONTENT – SPRING 2024

Please be aware that Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night’s Dream are classic Shakespearean plays, meaning that the text is often bawdy, irreverent, and/or downright salacious. Julius Caesar also contains several moments of violence and self-harm. The American Shakespeare Center honors the spirit of the play as written, and recommends patrons exercise their best judgment when deciding if these stories are suitable for their children & students.

In general, no matter the title, Shakespeare’s language often includes racy jokes or bawdy comedic bits—and, if it’s a history or tragedy, there will be a sword fight and at least one character is very likely to die. Our contemporary shows cover a wide range of topics and age appropriateness.

For a more in-depth look at the shows, though it may not be the most scholarly answer, Wikipedia often has a detailed synopsis of the plays (with, of course, plenty of spoilers). You can also request a more detailed list of potential content considerations for the title you are seeing from our Group Sales Team.