Walden Theatre hosts Shakespeare festival [Theater]

Walden Theatre

Shakespeare and Shakespeare-style works will be on display during the Young American Shakespeare Festival 2012 at Walden Theatre, which opens tonight. 

The Young American Shakespeare Festival 2012 will feature three plays in repertory between May 10-20.  Volpone will be performed tonight, May 12, 14, and 17 at 7:30 p.m. each night and on May 19 at 2 p.m.  Cymbeline will take place on May 11, 13, 16, and 19 at 7:30 p.m. each night and May 20 at 2 p.m.  Finally, Titus Andronicus will happen on May 15, 18, and 20 at 7:30 p.m. and on May 12 and 13 at 2 p.m. each day.  All performances will occur at Walden Theatre, located at 1123 Payne Street in the Highlands.

Ticket and show information can be found at the Walden Theatre website or by calling 502-589-0084.

The Young American Shakespeare Festival this year will feature two plays by William Shakespeare and one by Shakespearean contemporary writer Ben Jonson.  Titus Andronicus showcases the conflict between the Roman General title character and the Queen of the Goths, which leads to murder, revenge, and dismemberment.  Meanwhile, Cymbeline focuses on Princess Imogen trying to hold on to true love despite a scheming Queen, a doubt-stricken friend of her husband, and a Roman invasion.  

Meanwhile, the Ben Jonson-created Volpone is a satire of pranksters and hangers-on.  Volpone, ever the greedy, tricks people into offering up wonderful and expensive gifts, including a beautiful woman, during this satire.

Charlie Sexton directed Titus Andronicus, Julane Havens directed Cymbeline, and J. Barrett Cooper directed Volpone.

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