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Arkansas Shakespeare troupe to teach, perform at Historic Washington State Park

by Gazette Staff | August 30, 2023 at 2:47 p.m.
(Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre)

WASHINGTON, Ark. -- Historic Washington State Park is set to host Arkansas' only professional Shakespeare company.

On Sept. 16, the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, based in Conway, will bring a pair of workshops and a play to the park, according to a news release.

The workshops, "Understanding the Language of Shakespeare" and "Stage Combat in Shakespeare," focus on how to perform the Bard's plays on the contemporary stage. The play, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," is a modern comedy.

Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, the play involves three actors performing shortened, parodic versions of Shakespeare plays.

Historic Washington State Park s a restoration village interpreting the historic Arkansas town in the 19th century. Daily tours are provided to over 15 historic sites and museums, such as the B.W. Edwards Weapons Museum and Blacksmith Shop. It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Mondays.

("Understanding the Language of Shakespeare" is scheduled for 2 p.m., "Stage Combat in Shakespeare" for 4 p.m. and "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" for 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, in the 1940 WPA Gym at the park, 103 Franklin St. Entry for each workshop is $5 per person age 14 or older. Admission to the play is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 or younger. Tickets can be purchased in advance at 870-983-2684 or [email protected]. Play tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.)

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