2018 Plays

June 28 to October 20

Othello

Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

June 28 – October 20, 2018

Brimming with incredible passion and anguish, as well as very human tenderness, this tragic story will lure you into a powerful world of jealousy and betrayal. Fast moving and devastating, Othello is one of Shakespeare’s most haunting plays, exploring how fear and jealousy can destroy the most intelligent minds and the purest of loves.

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

June 28 – September 8, 2018

Falstaff in love? Hardly! But the loveable old renegade does have his lusty eye on a couple of middle-class housewives. Trouble is feminine wit and wisdom triumph once again as the amused and annoyed wives teach Sir John a lesson in this bubbling, popular comedy sure to please everyone in the family.

The Foreigner

Randall L. Jones Theatre

June 29 – October 20, 2018

Charlie, shy and seeking solitude, is on vacation at a Georgia hunting lodge. Avoiding the other guests,
he pretends he is a foreigner, understanding no English. However, he soon witnesses bizarre schemes by people who think he can’t understand a word they say, leading to confusion and non-stop hilarity that set up one of the funniest endings in all of theatre.

Henry VI Part One

Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

June 29 – September 6, 2018

Henry V has died, and his young son is soon crowned Henry VI. In France, war is raging. At home in England various factions are claiming the right to the throne, choosing between the symbolic red and white roses. In this seldom produced history, Shakespeare gathers these threads together and combines them into a powerful tapestry of a country soon to be racked by civil war. 

Big River

Randall L. Jones Theatre

June 30 – September 1, 2018

Mark Twain’s timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful, and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel, and leaving you humming tunes such as “River in the Rain,” “Worlds Apart,” and the rousing anthem “Free at Last.”

The Merchant of Venice

Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

June 30 – September 7, 2018

Whether you consider this thought-provoking masterpiece a story of love and humor or one of racism and greed, Shakespeare’s controversial tragicomedy will touch your soul. Its modern and relevant themes and memorable characters could have been drawn from today’s headlines, and will certainly cause you to pause and think about justice and mercy, the complexity of humankind, and the nature of forgiveness and love.

Pearl's in the House

Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

August 23 – October 20, 2018

Workshopped at the Festival in 2017, this musical play focuses on Pearl Bailey, performer and special delegate to the United Nations in a racially-charged mid-twentieth century America. Bailey was a trailblazer for African-American women; yet a talk-show host in 1987 questions many of her motives. So Bailey responds the only way she knows how—through her music. 

The Liar

Randall L. Jones Theatre

September 14 – October 20, 2018

The charming Dorante cannot tell the truth, and his manservant Clinton cannot tell a lie. From this simple premise springs one of the western world’s greatest comedies, a sparkling seventeenth century French farce brilliantly adapted for today, complete with mistaken lovers, suspicious fathers, sparkling romance, frothy comedy, and an abundance of breathtakingly intricate “alternative facts.”

The Greenshow

Ashton Family Greenshow Commons

June 28 – September 8, 2018

Leave the noise and stress of the world behind as you prepare for the evening’s play with our free outdoor entertainment: The Greenshow. Dance, music, and laughter provide a light-hearted atmosphere for our guests and serve as our greeting and welcome. Three different shows are presented on alternating nights. It is a bit of song, a bit of magic, and a lot of fun as our performers invite you to sit back, relax, and let the world transform around you.

The Greenshow begins each evening at 7:10 from June 28 to September 8. See the Calendar for details.