Shakespeare at Historic Washington State Park

Zoie Clift
The American
Shakespeare Center on Tour, the touring arm of the American Shakespeare Center
and the Blackfriars Playhouse, based in Staunton, Va., performs part of its Restless Ecstasy Tour with As You Like It on Friday, March 4 at
Historic Washington State Park. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the 1940
WPA Gym with a pre-show performance at 7 p.m. Recently reviewed by The Boston Globe as “Phenomenal…bursting with energy,” the ensemble of professional actors are chosen specifically for these performances. “We scour the country for the right 10-12 actors to perform all these roles in all of these plays,” says ASC Artistic Director Jim Warren. “Not only are we looking for the right talent to do these shows, but we’re also looking for personalities we think will gel into the dynamic, well-balanced ensemble on and off the stage.”
Workshops are also
a part of the day’s events. At 2 p.m. visitors can learn from the actors how
to speak Shakespeare on stage for the modern audience. At 4 p.m. cast members guide
workshop participants in demonstrating how Shakespeare plays can be performed
on the modern stage. Each workshop cost $5. Reservations are required with each
workshop limited to 30 participants. Ticket prices for
adults are $5 and $1 for students (with ID) and children. 
Historic Washington
State Park, a restoration village preserving one of Arkansas’s most prominent
19th Century towns, is located on US 278 nine miles north of Hope
and can be reached by taking Exit 30 off Interstate 30.  For more
information visit or call 870- 983-2684.

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