The American Shakespeare Center's 2015 Spring Season is adding a new twist -- a modern fourth show, David Davalos's WITTENBERG. We interviewed ASC Artistic Director and actors Patrick Earl and Andrew Goldwasser to find out their thoughts on
"The American Shakespeare Company's 2014/15 Method in Madness Tour troupe...performs Doctor Faustus panache and wicked magic tricks."
The American Shakespeare Center is hosting an Evening with Judy Collins at the Blackfriars Playhouse. On June 1, the Grammy Award winner will grace the stage to play a selection of songs from her iconic 50-album body of work.
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

This week: Thursday at 5:30pm, an Inside Plays workshop on MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, exploring the wit and wordplay of Beatrice and Benedick.
On May 3rd at 7:30pm, Sweet Tea Shakespeare with the FSU Theatre Company presents THE TRAGICAL REIGN OF SELIMUS, SOMETIME EMPEROR OF THE TURKS, by Robert Greene and Thomas Lodge.
Opportunities for teachers this summer include the Content Teaching Academy at JMU (June 22-26) and a one-day seminar at the Playhouse (August 7). Learn more and register now!
Registrations for the 2015 No Kidding Shakespeare Camp for Adults are now open! Join us July 20-24th to explore the theme of Social History.

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On Stage Now



by David Davalos

PAY WHAT YOU WILL April 29 and May 1

Back at the University of Wittenberg for the fall semester, Denmark’s Prince Hamlet finds himself in the center of a debate between two of his professors, the aggressively spiritual Martin Luther and the lewdly logical John Faustus. MORE...


Doctor Faustus

Now Playing through June 12

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 about Nothing

Now Playing through June 14

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...



Now Playing through June 13

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...



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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Much Ado about Nothing

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 10:30 am


Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 1:00 pm

Wittenberg (PWYW)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 7:30 pm


Much Ado about Nothing

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 10:30 am


Thursday, April 30, 2015, 1:00 pm

Inside Plays: Much Ado about Nothing

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 5:30 pm

Much Ado about Nothing

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:30 pm


Thursday, April 30, 2015, 10:00 pm


ASC on Tour

All the world's a stage, and the American Shakespeare Center On Tour has played it. More