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The American Shakespeare Center seeks a highly motivated Playhouse Manager, responsible for making the Blackfriars Playhouse a safe, friendly, comfortable, clean, attractive, and enjoyable environment for audiences and volunteers.
"Harrell...just IS Cyrano. A master of his craft and yet giving to his fellow players. Every pang of Cyrano’s insecurity, rush of exuberance, twinge of jealousy, glow of bravado...was clearly felt by all in attendance. "
The 2014/15 Method in Madness Tour is on the road, bringing HAMLET, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and DOCTOR FAUSTUS to a theatre near you.
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Education & Research

Join us for our Fall Teacher Seminar, October 3rd-5th, exploring classroom activities for MACBETH and THE COMEDY OF ERRORS.
The American Shakespeare Center's Education Department offers a variety of internships throughout the year, providing an excellent opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career in teaching or higher education.
At ASC Leadership Programs, participants will engage with Shakespeare's characters and rhetoric, as well as working in teams with cue scripts, to make choices about their own leadership styles and methods of delivery.
Cure your students' fear of Shakespeare by bringing them to the Blackfriars Playhouse for one of our six 2014-15 Student Matinees, including MACBETH, HAMLET, and THE TAMING OF THE SHREW.

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On Stage Now

Hamlet

Hamlet

Sneak Peeks September 3, 6, & 11

Hamlet struggles to discern reality from illusion in the rotten state of Denmark as he copes with the loss of his father, his mother’s remarriage, and life’s biggest questions. For centuries, audiences have seen themselves in the brilliant, troubled prince at the center of this ghost story, comedy, seven-murder revenge thriller, and philosopher’s gold mine. MORE...

Faustus

Doctor Faustus

Sneak Peeks September 4, 6, & 10

Faustus sells his soul, not for riches, but for knowledge and power; Marlowe weaves a shocking and contemporary tale of the struggle between good and evil, championing what is most daring in the human spirit. In his masterpiece that predates almost all of Shakespeare’s plays, Marlowe breathtakingly conjures Helen of Troy, the Seven Deadly Sins, angels, demons, and Satan himself, before dragging Faustus to Hell. MORE...

Much Ado

Much Ado about Nothing

Sneak Peeks September 5 & 7

While the villainous Don John devises a scheme to shatter the nuptials of Claudio and Hero, the young lovers conspire to trick Beatrice and Benedick into admitting their much-denied love. In this powerful comedy full of sparkling wit, Shakespeare gives us the joy of love won and the ache of love lost. He makes us laugh and breaks our hearts, then magically puts them back together again. MORE...



Edward II

Edward II

PAY WHAT YOU WILL SEPTEMBER 12 & 13

Consumed by obsessive love for a male courtier, the newlycrowned King Edward II risks everything – crown, country, and even his own life – with a dangerous affair. When his foundation of divine right begins to crumble, Edward realizes the limitations of his power, but not before the whispers of treason have started to swell to a roar.  MORE...

Pericles

Pericles, Prince of Tyre

PAY WHAT YOU WILL SEPTEMBER 18 & 20

Buffeted from shore to shore by the winds of destiny, Pericles must navigate the whole of the Mediterranean on his search for peace, love, and family. His journey becomes an astonishing adventure filled with assassins, shipwrecks, pirates, brothels, goddesses, and magicians. He must weather loss and heartbreak before the storm calms with miraculous reunion and wondrous rebirth.  MORE...

Comedy

The Comedy of Errors

NOW PLAYING THROUGH NOVEMBER 28

In this rollicking farce, Shakespeare elevates Roman comedy to dizzying heights. Two long-separated twins, their two tricky servants (also twins), a jealous wife, and her lovelorn sister romp through Shakespeare’s shortest play. Filled with mistaken identities, slapstick humor, and the fabulous Dr. Pinch, The Comedy of Errors will have the whole family laughing from the first confusion to the last.  MORE...

Cyrano

Cyrano de Bergerac

NOW PLAYING THROUGH NOVEMBER 30

Enormous wit, tremendous bravery, and a gargantuan nose. Cyrano is passionately in love with the glorious Roxanne, but believes that she could never love him as he is. He creates poetry to woo his great love on behalf of the beautiful Christian, whom Roxanne imagines she loves. After years of mourning, Cyrano finally learns the answer to the question he could never ask.  MORE...

Macbeth

Macbeth

NOW PLAYING THROUGH NOVEMBER 29

From the first words of the play until the title character loses his head, Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy is also his most unrelenting examination of the dark side of humanity. Driven to bloody deeds by their lust for power, Macbeth and his Lady fight to hold on to their ill-gotten throne, their sanity, and each other by any means necessary.  MORE...



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Chris and Betsy Little of McDowell, VA

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Shakespeare in American Communities

We are proud to acknowledge that the American Shakespeare Center receives financial support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

American Shakespeare Center's student matinee program is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtsMidwest.



The American Shakespeare Center is proud to partner with Mary Baldwin College.

 


 

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Hamlet

Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 7:30 pm

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Doctor Faustus (PWYW)

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 7:30 pm

TalkBack

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 10:00 pm

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Much Ado about Nothing (PWYW)

Friday, September 5, 2014, 7:30 pm

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Hamlet

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 2:00 pm

Doctor Faustus

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 7:30 pm

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Much Ado about Nothing

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 2:00 pm

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Doctor Faustus

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:30 pm

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Hamlet

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7:30 pm

TalkBack

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 10:00 pm

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Edward II (PWYW)

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30 pm

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Macbeth

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 2:00 pm

Edward II (PWYW)

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 7:30 pm

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Cyrano de Bergerac

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 2:00 pm

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Dr. Ralph Presents: Edward II

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 5:30 pm

Edward II

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7:30 pm

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Pericles (PWYW)

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7:30 pm

TalkBack

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 10:00 pm

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The Comedy of Errors

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:30 pm

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Edward II

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 2:00 pm

Pericles (PWYW)

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 7:30 pm

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Macbeth

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 2:00 pm

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Dr. Ralph Presents: Pericles

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 5:30 pm

Pericles

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:30 pm

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Macbeth

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 10:30 am

TalkBack

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 1:00 pm

Cyrano de Bergerac

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:30 pm

TalkBack

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 10:00 pm

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Edward II

Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:30 pm

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Pericles

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 2:00 pm

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The Comedy of Errors

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:00 pm

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ASC on Tour

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