For the first time in more than a year, Shakespeare Dallas announced live theater shows that will be performed outside at Samuell-Grand Amphitheater in late May.

“Our park suffered catastrophic damage from the winter storm,” said Raphael Parry, executive and artistic director at Shakespeare Dallas. “Thanks to our community and the City of Dallas, we have made significant progress toward reopening and feel confident in our ability to mount a successful summer season.”

Shakespeare Dallas will perform three productions: The Wars of the Roses, the Hamlet Project and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]. 

  • The Wars of the Roses is a staged reading of Shakespeare’s history plays: Henry VI Part I, Henry VI Part II, Henry VI Part III and Richard III. The reading runs for one weekend only: May 22-23.
  • In Hamlet Project, actors will perform a one-person interpretation of Hamlet. Shakespeare Dallas has commissioned playwrights Migdalia Cruz and Erik Ehn to interpret Hamlet into solo performance plays. Sixteen participating actors will be given two unique scripts only 24 hours prior to curtain. Both solo plays will be presented each night. The event runs June 3-6 and June 10-13. June 6 will be a special Bark at the Park Night with dogs allowed.
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised] parodies all of Shakespeare’s plays. They will be comically shortened and performed at once by three actors: Ryan Matthieu Smith, Marti Etheridge and Shawn Gann. Parry directs the play, which will run June 30-July 4, July 8-11, July 15-18 and July 22-24. Guests can enjoy fireworks during intermission July 4, and a second Bark at the Park Night will take place July 11.

Seating capacity will be reduced. Tickets can be purchased here.

“We’ve been anticipating our return to live theatre for some time now and are honored to play a leading role in Dallas’ arts recovery,” said Jenni Stewart, associate artistic director at Shakespeare Dallas. “By offering these outdoor performances, Shakespeare Dallas can provide much-needed employment for our local arts community.”


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