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Shakespeare in the Park this summer

GreenStage presents Shakespeare in the Park at several outdoor locations this summer, including nearby Lower Woodland Park. Performances are free, but donations are accepted after each show.
The performance area at Lower Woodland Park is at Aurora Avenue North and North 60th Street, in the meadow on the east side of Highway 99, just south of the lawn bowling and horseshoe pits, near picnic shelter #6.
“Antony and Cleopatra,” directed by Patrick Bentley, plays at Lower Woodland Park at 7 p.m. Friday, July 15, and 3 p.m., Saturday, July 16.

Shakespeare’s beautiful telling of one of history’s greatest and most ill-fated romances. It is two years after the death of Julius Caesar and a new Caesar, Octavius, is coming into his own. Aging Mark Antony, one of the three rulers of Rome, lives a lavish life of passion and indulgence with Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. As Octavius and Rome pressure him to return to his duties, Antony and Cleopatra struggle to keep their own power while sharing a passion that tests their allegiances and begs the question, “What is life without love?”

“The Tempest,” directed by Michael D. Blum, is at Lower Woodland Park at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 14, and 7 p.m., Saturday, July 16.

On an isolated, magical island, Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan and self-taught sorcerer lives in banishment. For years, his only company has been his brave young daughter, an airy magical spirit and an enslaved monster. Despite the passage of time, Prospero hungers for revenge and the opportunity comes when a powerful storm shipwrecks his usurping brother,  other nobles, and some very colorful characters  on the island. Shakespeare’s final and most personal play, The Tempest is a powerful and often funny story of love, forgiveness and redemption.

See GreenStage’s website for the full schedule at all parks.