We are pleased to announce the new season of main stage shows for 2018-2019.

Special thanks to Flat Egg Productions and our volunteer models.


The season begins outdoors at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.

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Romeo & Juliet

by William Shakespeare

 

Directed by Nancy Cates

Performed under the stars at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

 

June 29-July 15, 2018

 

8:00, Thursdays-Sundays

Pre-show (the Greenshow) begins at 7:30, picnic with us as early as 6:00

Our Generous Show Sponsors:

Holly & Scott Custer

Want to sponsor this title, too? Click here or call 330-374-7574.

The two dignified households, those two star-crossed lovers, and that one famous balcony. Opening our outdoor summer season at historic Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, we present Shakespeare’s classic tale of young romance and dazzling swordplay. This ageless and fresh production is sure to remind us all that Romeo and Juliet is one of Will’s most engaging comedies, right up until that fated moment when tragedy strikes. 


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All's Well That Ends Well

by William shakespeare

 

Directed by Terry Burgler

Performed under the stars at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

 

July 27-August 5, 2018

 

8:00 Thursdays-Sundays

Pre-show (the Greenshow) begins at 7:30, picnic with us as early as 6:00

 

 

Our Generous Show Sponsors:

Debbie Toder

Want to sponsor this title, too? Click here or call 330-374-7574.

Continuing our outdoor summer season at historic Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, we present one of Will’s more twisted comedies. Helen has saved the King from a deadly illness, and as a reward, she is allowed to marry whatever nobleman of the court she pleases. She chooses Bertram—our Prince-not-so-Charming—but Bertram’s just not that into her. A Shakespearean fairytale turned on its head—this happily ever after is not the one you were expecting.


The season continues Indoors at Greystone hall.

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Treasure Island: An Adventure, with Music

a new play by Terry Burgler

Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Another Ohio Shakespeare Festival Family Theatre Adventure!

 

A WORLD PREMIERE

Directed by Terry Burgler

 

September 28 - October 14, 2018

 

7:00 Thursdays-Saturdays

2:00 Sundays

Our Generous Show Sponsors:

Holly & Scott Custer

Want to sponsor this title, too? Click here or call 330-374-7574.

Continuing our hit Family Theatre Adventure series with our third “stab” at classic literature reimagined for the stage. This time, we tell Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling tale of young Jim Hawkins, who discovers a treasure map in an old sea-dog’s chest, and it’s off to the seas! But he’ll have to deal will pirates, parrots, and the notorious Long John Silver before he gets there.

Don't forget--Family Theatre Adventures begin at 7:00 (not 8:00) on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.


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The Ohio Shakespeare festival Production of:

Shakespeare in Love

Adapted for the stage by Lee hall

Based on the Screenplay by marc norman & tom stoppard

Music by Paddy Cunneen

Originally produced on the West End by Disney Theatrical Productions & Sonia Friedman Productions, directed by Declan Donnellan, and designed by Nick Ormerod

 

Directed by Nancy Cates

 

November 30 - December 16, 2018

 

8:00 Thursdays-Saturdays

2:00 Sundays

Our Generous Show Sponsors:

Jane Bond & Jim Wagner

Want to sponsor this title, too? Click here or call 330-374-7574.

Penniless and indebted to two demanding producers, struggling young playwright William Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block until he meets Viola de Lesseps, daughter of a wealthy merchant, whose fiery passion for poetry and drama leaves her secretly longing to be an actor. Both are despondent when they learn that Viola’s father has promised her to the stuffy Lord Wessex in order to gain a title for their family. Under the veil of secrecy, Will and Viola’s passionate love affair becomes the basis of the very play he is writing –Romeo and Juliet. With opening night – and the wedding day – fast approaching, the plots race toward a parallel conclusion. Will it all work out in the end or are the two star-crossed lovers destined for tragedy?


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The Lion in Winter

By james Goldman

 

Directed by Nancy Cates

 

February 22 - March 10, 2019

 

8:00 Thursdays-Saturdays

2:00 Sundays

Our Generous Show Sponsors:

Gretchen Hallerberg

It’s Christmas in 1183, during the reign of King Henry II of England. The royal family has gathered at Henry’s palace in France. But this is no Hallmark family Christmas—Henry and Eleanor disagree on almost everything—especially on which of their three sons will succeed to the throne. Between these two spitfire monarchs, the French royalty, and the scheming sons, it’s hard to tell who will win this battle of wits and wills. Royal machinations and family feuds are at their peak in this dramatic and clever comedy.


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1776

Music & Lyrics by Sherman Edwards

Book by Peter Stone

 

Directed by Nancy Cates

 

April 12 - May 5, 2019

 

8:00 Thursdays-Saturdays

2:00 Sundays

Our Generous Show Sponsors:

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A funny, insightful, and compelling musical with a striking score and legendary script. It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence... if only the founding fathers can agree to do it!  John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history, and in this gender-diverse production, comes to new life.