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2016 Worcester Shakespeare Festival

Perhaps the Greatest of Them All

When we think of greatness, we realize the word can be subjective.  For example, some people believe Michael Jordan is the greatest athlete of all-time, while others think Bo Jackson merits top billing.

When it comes to English language writers, though, many tend to agree it’s truly difficult to outshine Shakespeare.  Impressively, this 16th century literary genius penned 35-plus comedic, historic, and tragic plays, over 150 sonnets, and a medley of other amazing writings.  In fact, Shakespeare has notably been referred to as England’s National Poet.

Okay, why all the talk about Shakespeare?

Well, the 2016 Worcester Shakespeare Festival, proudly celebrating its tenth season and featuring professional actors from regions like Worcester, New York, and Boston, will be gracing Central Massachusetts again with its summer programming, and two incredible plays are planned for July and August.  They are as follows:

As You Like It

July 15 through July 24 (excluding Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays).  So, you think you’d like to see a show about lovers and fools?  Well, As You Like It fits the bill.  Conflict arises between Orlando and his brother, Oliver.  Actually, the play begins with Orlando’s complaints to his servant regarding the way his brother treats him.  In the meanwhile, Duke Senior’s younger brother, Duke Frederick, undermines his brother’s position, and the older brother is banished, living in the Forest of Ardenne.  Throw in a bit of nuttiness involving Duke Senior and Duke Frederick’s daughters, Rosalind and Celia, (who, by the way, pose as men for a time), and you have one entertaining evening!

King Lear

July 28 through August 21 (excluding Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesday).  Sometimes life can present itself as rather lighthearted, and other times, well, sad.  In King Lear, life is certainly sad.  In point of fact, this particular storyline is considered one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies.  King Lear, king of Britain, is getting on in years and decides he wants to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters, Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia.  However, each daughter must first let him know how much she loves him (as a side note, big mistake).  Two daughters are disingenuous in their response, but one daughter replies honestly.  The truthful daughter is denied a share of her father’s empire, and then a whole series of dreadful events occur.

And a bit about the theater?

Worcester Shakespeare Company is located at 50 Douglas Road in Whitinsville, MA.  Ticket cost for each play is $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and students, and children 12 and under get in free with an accompanying adult.

Hmm, sounds sort of exciting?  For complete details, go to www.worcestershakespearecompany.org.

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