Texas Shakespeare Festival announces lineup

Published on Thursday, 15 June 2017 15:14 - Written by

DANNY MOGLE, danny@inmagtexas.com

The annual Texas Shakespeare Festival will present two beloved works by The Bard, a play by an East Texas writer, a classic romantic comedy, a musical full of doo-wop hits and a play for children featuring vengeful witch.

The works by Shakespeare on tap are “Richard III,” a historical drama; and “Much Ado About Nothing,” a comedy about a couple who have a love-hate relationship.

The troupe also will stage “Cyrano de Bergerac,” Edmond Rostand’s story of a man whose self-doubt leaves him searching for words to express his love. The musical in the lineup is “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” a show feature women singing four-part harmony versions of 1950s and ’60s classics, including “Lollipop,” “It’s My Party” and “The Leader of the Pack.”

The festival also will present “Did You Hear Thunder,” a play by Raymond Caldwell, the festival’s founder and longtime artistic director. It tells what happens when four strangers start talking about acceptance and understanding. Caldwell is serving as the director.

The annual children’s production will be the world premiere of “The Witch of Pickle Patch,” an original play for children written and directed by longtime festival contributor Jason Richards.

Performances are set for June 28 through July 30 at Kilgore College’s Van Cliburn Auditorium. On many days, both matinees and evening performances will take place.

You can see the schedule at texasshakespeare.com.

Tickets are now available through the website and at the venue’s box office.