Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival
Welcome to our "Sweet 16" – a season of Love, Loss, and Laughter.
It’s a year of growth for our Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. For the first time in our history, we're adding a second professional production.
“I’ve wanted to support new work because someone gave Will Shakespeare a go,” says NDSF Ryan Producing Artistic Director Grant Mudge. To make this dream a reality, we have enlisted writers Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin, stars of the PBS film The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and authors of The Complete History of America (abridged), to return to their Shakespearean roots and create a brand new madcap comedy inspired by the Bard. Performances of William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) will begin August 4 in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Regis Philbin Studio Theatre. To explain the thematic connection, Mudge says “Shakespeare’s characters love too much, drink too much, crave too much, and are sometimes cruel to those closest to them. Shakespeare shows us our choices charting not only our own lives, but even the path of history itself. And, in the wake of those decisions, sometimes the only thing left us is to laugh.”
The second NDSF Professional Company production will be The Winter’s Tale, beginning August 18 in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Patricia George Decio Theatre, directed by Drew Fracher. According to Mudge, “Shakespeare put everything into this play: bears, shipwrecks, musical numbers, comedy, tragedy, magic, great love stories, bitter betrayals, and one miraculous chance for redemption.”
During the summer months, the NDSF also stages two free productions: ShakeScenes performed by community actors of all ages, and the annual Young Company production, featuring college and university students from Notre Dame, St. Mary’s, Holy Cross, and schools across the nation. This year, the Young Company will produce the comedy Love’s Labor’s Lost, directed by West Hyler, in his second summer leading these early-career artists. Hyler is best known for his work on Broadway, including Jersey Boys and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Since its founding in 2000, the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival has grown dramatically from a daring experiment to a celebrated campus tradition that furthers the mission of the University. As the professional theatre in residence at the University of Notre Dame, the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival's Professional Company presents world-class productions while fostering young theatre artists through unique educational production and performance opportunities such as our Young Company and ShakeScenes programs.
Today, housed in the dazzling Marie P. DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts and historic Washington Hall, we reach thousands of people each year with Shakespeare's timeless words.
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