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story.lead_photo.caption The American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse interior is shown. (Submitted photo)

WASHINGTON, Ark. — American Shakespeare Center's 2020/2021 SafeStart Season will soon make a virtual visit to Historic Washington State Park via cinema-quality video for the 11th annual Shakespeare in the Park.

Enjoy a virtual performance by the American Shakespeare Center of Shakespeare's play "Twelfth Night." Admission is free. Register by Friday, Feb. 26, to access the video, which can be watched at the viewer's convenience.

BlkFrs LIVE offers Historic Washington State Park's audiences viewing of ASC's production of "Twelfth Night" through partnership with Historic Washington State Park, according to a news release.

The comprehensive "Virtual Tour" program is designed to make it possible for people to experience the joy of Shakespeare in performance and the magic of the Blackfriars Playhouse from far away. "Twelfth Night" is a funny romp with what's billed as an ASC dream team of actors.

"More than anything, the 2020/2021 season is about offering audiences the vital connection they get from live performance. From the outset, we recognized that an important part of doing that in these conditions was meeting people where they were, and where they could feel safe," said ASC Artistic Director Ethan McSweeny in a statement. "Since not everyone will want — or be able — to visit us in person, through BlkFrs LIVE we are bringing the Playhouse experience to them."

Call 870-983-2684 to reserve the video and provide a valid email address. A weblink to watch the video will be sent to the email address provided. Funding for this opportunity is covered by the Patterson-Troike Foundation and other partners.

— From Historic Washington State Park and American Shakespeare Center

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