Dallas — Here's the 2014 season for Shakespeare Dallas, not including the Complete Works reading series, which is in the middle of its second season (the next reading is Julius Caesar in January).
The Mainstage series will add Molière's Tartuffe in the summer season, running in rotating rep with Much Ado About Nothing. In the fall, Dallas Shakes continues in its recent tradition of doing less-often performed Bard works, with Antony and Cleopatra.
Here's more from the news release:
DALLAS– Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more, Shakespeare Dallas is back for another season of the wildly acclaimed Shakespeare in the Park. The 2014 season features two classic Shakespeare plays, Much Ado about Nothing and Antony and Cleopatra, as well as Tartuffe, by the comedic French playwright, Moliere. This marks only the second time that a non-Shakespearean play will be part of the lineup, following the well-received rendition of Cyrano de Bergerac in 2011. The performances of the popular outdoor theater series will take place at the Samuell Grand Amphitheatre, 1500 Tenison Parkway in Dallas and at the Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle, in Addison, and is expected to draw crowds totaling 50,000 individuals every summer and fall.
The 2014 Shakespeare in the Park season opens in June with Tartuffe, directed by Executive and Artistic Director Raphael Parry. In the play, Orgon, the head of a very wealthy family, falls for the tricks of a charlatan named Tartuffe, but the rest of the family can see through the ruse. When Orgon signs over all of his possessions to the trickster, the family is determined to show Orgon the err in his ways. Through twists, turns and lots of laughs, Orgon sees the light and Tartuffe is brought to justice. Performances at the Samuell Grand Amphitheatre run June 11-14 and July 2-4, 9-11, 16-18. Performance time is 8:15 p.m. for all shows.
Much Ado About Nothing is the second production in the 2014 Shakespeare in the Park season and will be directed by guest director Patrick Kelly. The play chronicles two pairs of lovers who show their affection for one another in contrasting ways. In an effort to ruin both relationships, the couples are tricked by villain Don John. But once this ploy is revealed, this classic Shakespearean comedy concludes with a happily ever after. Performances at the Samuell Grand Amphitheatre run June 18-22, 24, 28-29 and July 1, 5-6, 8, 12-13, 5 and 19. Performance time is 8:15 p.m. for all shows.
The 2013 Shakespeare in the Park season closes with Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Artistic Associate Rene’ Moreno. Mark Antony, one of the three rulers of the Roman Empire, lives a life of decadence in Egypt with the country’s beautiful queen and his mistress, Cleopatra. Upon hearing of his wife’s death and imminent battle in Rome, Antony is compelled to return home to defend his land. Realizing that an alliance is necessary to defeat Pompey’s army, Antony and fellow triumvir, Caesar, agree that Antony must marry Caesar’s sister to solidify their loyalty to one another. However, this doesn’t quite work out as planned. The web of love, lust, loyalty and power makes this play one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. The production opens with performances at the Samuell Grand Amphitheatre Sept. 17-21, 16-21 and 23-27 and will conclude with performances at Addison Circle Park Oct. 3-5 and 8-12. Performance time is 8:00 p.m. for all shows.
Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park performances on Thursdays through Sundays are $10 adults/$7 seniors and students with a valid ID. For Tuesday and Wednesday productions a $10 donation is requested. Children 12 and under are free. Ticket information is available online at http://www.shakespearedallas.org/online-box-office.