Make plans to attend the the Wicked Folly Tour of Williams Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and “The Taming of the Shrew” at Historic Washington State Park, Ark., presented by the American Shakespeare Center on March 2-3.

On Friday, March 2, the historic tragedy Macbeth will be performed followed by a performance on March 3, the romantic comedy The Taming of the Shrew will be performed.  Performances begin at 7:30PM with a Pre-show performance at 7PM in the 1940 WPA Gym.

There will also be four afternoon workshops on Saturday, March 3, led by the American Shakespeare Troupe, covering topics of how to perform Shakespeare on the modern stage

Schedule as follows:

Shakespeare and Rap at 11AM,  Audience Contact in Shakespeare at 1PM, Shakespeare and Special Effects 2:30PM and Cue Scripts and Shakespeare at 4PM Workshop admission is $5 per person for ages 14 and older.

The American Shakespeare Center brings a unique performance style, blending Shakespeare’s stage craft with modern sensibility. The company uses Shakespeare’s staging conditions including universal lighting, minimal sets, doubling, cross-gender casting, and music. In Shakespeare’s day, the company couldn’t turn the lights out on the audience; actors and audience shared the same light.  Leaving the lights on allows for a type of audience contact rarely seen in modern day theatre. Audience members share directly in the action onstage as they become part of play in Macbeth, and The Taming of the Shrew.

Tickets for the performances are $10 adult and $5 for children ages 6-12. Call 870-983-2684 to reserve tickets. Tickets may be picked up at the 1874 Courthouse Visitor Center. Doors open at 7PM.  Williams Tavern Restaurant will be open from 11AM till 7PM before the performance begins.

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