Summer 2020 SafeStart

WELCOME BACK TO THE PLAYHOUSE (AND BEYOND)

This summer, American Shakespeare Center returns to its roots to produce a single season with a versatile troupe of actors, capable of performing their repertory on the stage of the Blackfriars Playhouse as well as around the region.

The Summer 2020 SafeStart Season harkens back to the can-do early days of our founding as the Shenandoah Shakespeare Express at the same time as it launches us into our future as dual citizens of the digital and physical worlds, all while keeping the focus on a carefully developed series of protocols designed to keep actors, staff, and audiences safe in the era of coronavirus.

This Summer’s repertory will feature an ensemble of actors performing Shakespeare’s beloved comedy of (mis)identity Twelfth Night alongside his tragedy of jealousy and racism, Othello.  Whether you join us under the chandeliers of the Blackfriars Playhouse, under the stars on the airy lawn of the Blackburn Inn, or online via live stream events; we’ve kept the lights on just for you!

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TWO WAYS TO SEE THE SEASON IN-PERSON

BLACKFRIARS PLAYHOUSE

We’ve limited the capacity of our Playhouse to fewer than 125 socially distanced seats, but the experience remains as lively and priceless as ever. 

Our embrace of early-modern theatre approaches like performing without elaborate scenery in shared light, and our emphasis on the power of the actor, the word, the hand-made, and the acoustic all contribute to ASC being uniquely suited to safely adapt to the variety of conditions presented by this challenging new time.  

Join us in the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor stage for two remarkable stories with the assurances of ASC SafeStart including our commitments to: universal masking, contactless ticketing and programs, elimination of concessions, and enhanced hygiene protocols throughout our facilities.

COMPLETE DETAILS ON ATTENDING A PERFORMANCE AT THE PLAYHOUSE THIS SUMMER ARE FOUND IN THE ASC SAFESTART VISITOR’S GUIDE:

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BLACKBURN INN

Join ASC’s repertory on our summer field trip to the historic property of  Staunton’s beautiful boutique hotel the Blackburn Inn and Conference Center! Located on 80 sprawling acres of manicured grounds, the Blackburn Inn is the perfect setting to host ASC’s outdoor performances of Shakespeare in the twilight.

For one low price, up to four members of a household can share your own private Illyria! Each ticket purchases a designated 8×8 foot patch of soft green grass on which to picnic and bask in the setting summer sun while you watch the passions ignite on stage. 

  • Each private Illyria square can hold up to 4 people.
  • Designated seating for up to 2 lawn chairs available.
  • Children of all ages welcome!
  • $5 parking available at time of ticket purchase.
Further SafeStart guidelines regarding Blackburn Performances Coming Soon
Details about live stream events coming soon.

Shows

COMING THIS JULY

If truth has lost its meaning, how long can love survive?  Evil is everywhere in Shakespeare’s great tragedy of racism and jealousy, as the love of Othello and Desdemona is destroyed by envy and fact is twisted by innuendo.  You’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat as the deadly machinations unfold. 

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COMING THIS JULY

Shipwrecked Viola is in love with Orsino...who is in love with Olivia…who is in love with Cesario…who is secretly Viola disguised as a man. In a world turned upside down, what could possibly go wrong (or right?) Shakespeare’s beloved comedy of (mis)identity arrives in a 90-minute, no intermission romp!

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Performance Dates

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