We're planning numerous #Shakespeare400 celebration activities in the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare indoor theater: the Blackfriars Playhouse.

The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA performs 16 titles (mostly Shakespeare and his contemporaries) 52 weeks a year. We "do it with the lights on," using Shakespeare's staging conditions, which brings back the rowdiness, fun, and accessibility of Shakespeare's day that comes from audience interaction.

ASC has big things going on in 2016:

  • We're partnering with University of Virginia to bring Shakespeare's folio to Charlottesville in October. ASC Staff and Actors will be doing programming in Staunton and Charlottesville about Shakespeare, and his folio.

  • The Virginia Shakespeare Initiative is a project we're doing with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and Washington and Lee University. It has several goals, one of which is to orchestrate readings of Shakespeare's plays in libraries all over the state on his birthday.

  • Saturday, April 23 we're hosting a festival to celebrate Shakespeare.  Staunton is a small city in the Shenandoah Valley, 2 1/2 hours outside of D.C., truly one of the best places to appreciate scenery and Shakespeare together.

    Plan for a celebration in honor of Shakespeare from Noon until 6pm. The all-ages, family friendly event will include food, drink, and activities. Festivities will be located outside the Blackfriars Playhouse on Market Street and in the parking lot next to Temple House of Israel. Playing at the Playhouse will be a 2pm performance of Julius Caesar and a 7:30 performance of Oscar Wilde's comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest. Book early for best hotel room and seat options; the other events will be free to attend.

    The Shakespeare Block Party is produced by Shenandoah Concerts.

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