Celebrate with the American Shakespeare Center!

Saturday, April 22

Shakespeare’s Birthday Block Party

10 Market St. (in front of the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse)


10 AM – 1 PM


This event is entirely free and open to the public

Activities include:
  • Shakespeare Madlibs & Crafts with ASC Education
  • Mini Fight Choreography Lessons with Silver Line Theatre Exchange
  • Adopt a Teddy Bear through Transfiguring Adoption
  • Family-friendly activities hosted by Queen City Games and Gifts, Little Miss PinkerBell, Staunton Kindness Challenge, Staunton Public Library, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, and Medieval Fantasies Company and Gyfte Shoppe! 
  • A Bouncy Castle!
  • Cupcakes by Whipp’d Cakery at 12:30 PM
Special Events
  • April 14 – 25: Search for Shakespeare Scavenger Hunt: Help ASC recover their missing costume pieces & props from Shakespeare’s iconic plays. A list of pieces to find will be announced on April 14 on this site. Submit your answers on the SDDA website by April 30th to be entered to win a prize. Prizes will be awarded to those who come in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and announced on May 1st. MORE INFORMATION. 
  • April 22: 10:00 AM Performance of a 30min As You Like It by ASC’s Drama Club- this performance is free to the public but advanced reservations for tickets is strongly encouraged. Please reserve your seats through the link below.
Reserve Drama Club Performance Tickets >>


Update on April 23

Our on-stage celebration previously scheduled for April 23, 2023 has been rescheduled to a later date in our summer season. This change will allow us to create an even more spectacular event that you won’t want to miss. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, but we promise that it will be well worth the wait. We are currently finalizing the details for July 30 at 10 am and we will keep you updated as soon as possible.
Thank you for your continued support and we can’t wait to see you on the Blackfriars Stage with us soon!