This fall, ASC veteran René Thornton, Jr. gets to play a role he's dreamed about for 20 years. Read about the challenges and glories of playing EDWARD II in this interview.
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.
Starting September 12th, enjoy "Maps of the 16th and 17th Centuries: A Tribute to the Works and Times of William Shakespeare."
Check here for ASC's Policies on Cameras and Recording Devices, Bringing Kids to the Blackfriars Playhouse, Access Services, Inclement Weather Policy, and Parking.

Education & Research

Join us Wednesday, October 1st for a Dr. Ralph Presents lecture on MACBETH. This pre-show event begins at 5:30pm and is Pay-What-You-Will.
Join us for our Fall Teacher Seminar, October 3rd-5th, exploring classroom activities for MACBETH and THE COMEDY OF ERRORS.
Plautus's MENAECHMI was the basis for Shakespeare's THE COMEDY OF ERRORS. Catch this double-header on October 12th, with a COMEDY matinee at 2pm and a Staged Reading of MENAECHMI at 7:30pm.
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


Pericles, Prince of Tyre


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...

Edward II

Edward II


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...


The Comedy of Errors


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 de Bergerac


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...




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...


Paul Beers and Michelle Buonocore of Roanoke, VA

Rory J. Cutaia and Jaymie A. Cutaia of Middlebrook, VA 

Mike and Emma Gutzler of Middlebrook, VA

Dan Layman and Pamela Fox of Staunton, VA

Chris and Betsy Little of McDowell, VA

Paige Royer and Kerry Clayton of New Orleans, LA

Lawrence and Sandra Rose of Penn Laird, VA

Grisanti Capital Management of New York, NY

Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center 

Frederick House, a small hotel,
celebrating more than 10 years as our Annual Sponsor

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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