Shakespeare Festival Kicks of 4th Season

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The fourth annual Scranton Shakespeare Festival will open its 2015 season on June 26, 27 and 28 with “Romeo and Juliet.” Performances will be at 6:00 p.m. at Nay Aug Park in Scranton.

Artistic director Michael Bradshaw Flynn said it has come time for the SSF troupe to branch out from the comedies—”A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Comedy of Errors” and “Twelfth Night”—presented during the first three seasons.

In addition to Shakespeare, the world premiere of “Robin Hood the Musical” by Tony-nominated playwright Douglas Carter Beane will be presented the weekend of July 10-12 at the Royal Theatre of the University of Scranton. Last summer, SSF presented the world premiere of Beane’s production of “Fairy Cakes.”

Rounding out the schedule are: “Commedia Rapnzel” and “Loose Cannon,” both of which have been selected for the New York Fringe Festival, and “The Tavern” by George M. Cohan. These plays will be presented in repertory throughout the season.

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The full 2015 SSF schedule runs as follows:

June 26, 27 28: “Romeo and Juliet,” 6:00 p.m. nightly at Nay Aug Park

July 10, 11 at 8:00 p.m., July 11 at 2:00p.m., July 12 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.: World premiere of “Robin Hood the Musical” at the Royal Theatre

July 17: “Commedia Rapunzel,” 6:00 p.m.; “Loose Cannon,” 8:00 p.m at the Royal Theatre

July 18, 19: “Commedia Rapunzel,” 2:00 p.m.; “Loose Cannon,” 8:00 p.m at the Royal Theatre

July 24: “The Tavern,” 8:00 p.m. at the Royal Theatre

July 25:  “Commedia Rapunzel,” noon; “The Tavern,” 2:00 p.m.; “Loose Cannon,” 6:00 p.m.; “The Tavern,” 8:00 p.m. at the Royal Theatre

July 26: “Robin Hood the Musical,” 2:00 p.m. at the Royal Theatre; “Romeo and Juliet,” 6:00 p.m. at Nay Aug Park

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All performances are presented free to the public. Theatergoers at Nay Aug Park are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.

Credit for all photographs goes to the Scranton Shakespeare Festival’s Facebook page.

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