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Connecticut Shakespeare Festival Heads to Playhouse on Park

Indoor theater returns to Playhouse on Park in West Hartford. Courtesy photo

The Connecticut Shakespeare Festival will begin July 7 at PlayhouseonPark in West Hartford.

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Due to circumstances unrelated to Playhouse Theatre Group, Inc. and well beyond the control of the organization, the Connecticut Shakespeare Festival is no longer able to be held at Auerfarm in Bloomfield, CT.

All productions will be held indoors at PlayhouseonPark, 244 Park Rd., West Hartford, CT.

Upcoming are two incredible Main Stage productions: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (July 7 – 17) and “Into the Woods”(July 28 – Aug. 22). The lobby and patio will open two hours before each Main Stage production for food and pre-show entertainment.

All productions will be held indoors. For Main Stage productions, masks are required for unvaccinated people; masks are optional for vaccinated people. All tickets are $40 ($35 for seniors and students). Each production will have a 15-minute intermission.

There are also two incredible Theatre for Young Audience productions: “Shakespeare 4 Kids: Dream Scheme” (July 10 – 18) and “Snow White” (July 31 – Aug. 22). The lobby and patio will open one hour before each Theatre for Young Audiences production for food and pre-show entertainment.

The productions will be held indoors. For Theatre for Young Audiences productions, masks are required since children cannot be vaccinated. All tickets are $15 ($12 for seniors and students). Each show is approximately one hour.

You can still pre-order meals to enjoy on the patio through Ani’s Table, the official caterer of the Connecticut Shakespeare Festival: https://anistable-shakespeare.square.site. Ani’s Table will have a bar on-site along with some grab and go items. There will still be some vendors in order for patrons to shop, along with pre-show entertainment happening outdoors.

Moira O’Sullivan, Director of SHAKESPEARE 4 KIDS: DREAM SCHEME. Courtesy photo

SHAKESPEARE 4 KIDS: DREAM SCHEME is the first production in the Theatre for Young Audiences series in the Connecticut Shakespeare Festival. Directed by Moira O’Sullivan, SHAKESPEARE 4 KIDS: DREAM SCHEME is adapted from the works of William Shakespeare by Erin Sheffield. There will be live performances at PlayhouseonPark running from July 10-18. This show is recommended for ages 3 and up. The Connecticut Shakespeare Festival will transport audiences into fantastical worlds of the unknown! After a year of isolation, come escape from your lives as you connect to the wonder and mysteries of Shakespeare, Sondheim, and fairytale. Tickets are now on sale. To purchase tickets and learn more about the show, visit www.ConnecticutShakespeareFestival.org.

Actively Experience Shakespeare! SHAKESPEARE 4 KIDS: DREME SCHEME is a high-octane production complete with song, tons of comedy, and sock puppets! This fun and interactive event provides an opportunity to introduce children to Shakespeare’s rich language and zany characters in a welcoming, kid-friendly atmosphere. S4K activates imaginations and generates laughs for the whole family!

Moira O’Sullivan (Director) is a director and actor based in NYC. Most recently, she assistant directed ALL IS CALM for PlayhouseonPark as well as two composed-for-Zoom operas with Hartford Opera Theatre (FORTUNE’S CHILDREN, CHANGING FORTUNES). In 2019, she directed “THE MON VALLEY MEDIUM” as part of The Emerging Artists Festival in NYC which then transferred to Carnegie Stage in Pittsburgh. She loves working in her hometown and has directed for Hartford Opera Theater’s New in November Festival three times (A WOMB WITH A VIEW, THE LOATHLY LADY AND TRIANGLE). Other credits include: New Wave Theater Collective ROSEMARY and SHARP LINES; PlayhouseonPark: INSOMNIACS. As an actor, she has been seen Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters and in regional theaters across New England as well as on TV as the voice of Play-Doh. Favorite shows include BILOXI BLUES, OLEANNA, and IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY. She is also a proud teaching artist at The Hartt School’s Summer Musical Theater Intensive. Check out her podcast “Back in Town” where she interviews artists about how their hometowns impacted their work today. BFA NYU Tisch, UCB Comedy Training. www.moiraosullivan.com

The cast includes: Laurel Anderson (Actor C) select credits include: Match Lit: ROMEO AND JULIET; Turn to Flesh Productions: Lucrece THE OTHER OTHER WOMAN; Barefoot Shakespeare: Ganymede ALL ONE FOREST, Jackie Garmone (Actor B): The Hartt School: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, CABARET, CRIMES OF THE HEART, and Jacquez Linder-Long (Actor A): MUNY: ANNIE; Paul KISS ME KATE; Sky Masterson GUYS & DOLLS.

The lobby and patio of PlayhouseonPark will open one hour before each performance. You can still pre-order meals to enjoy on the patio through Ani’s Table, the Official Caterer of the Connecticut Shakespeare Festival: https://anistable-shakespeare.square.site. Ani’s Table will also have a bar on-site, along with some grab and go items. Vendors, shopping, and pre-show entertainment will be on the patio. The productions will be held indoors.

For Theatre for Young Audience productions, masks are required since children cannot be vaccinated.

Tickets are now on sale for live performances at PlayhouseonPark. Tickets for SHAKESPEARE 4 KIDS: DREAM SCHEME are $15 ($12 for seniors and students). INTO THE WOODS, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, and SNOW WHITE will also be featured in the Connecticut Shakespeare Festival. The Connecticut Shakespeare Festival is a subsidiary of Playhouse Theatre Group, Inc. (PlayhouseonPark, Playhouse Theatre Academy, stop/time dance theater).

Tickets are available via www.PlayhouseOnPark.org and www.ConnecticutShakespeareFestival.org, over the phone at 860-523-5900 x10, or in person at the Box Office at 244 Park Rd. West Hartford, CT 06119.

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