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Shakespeare in the Park

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ROCHESTER (KTTC) -- Shakespeare is coming to a forest near you.

It's the second annual "Shakespeare in the Park," a part of Rochesterfest.

The play "Much Ado About Nothing" is put on by Words Players Theatre in local parks.

"We wanted to do Shakespeare outside. It's the way it was originally done and it's the way that makes most sense," Director Daved Driscoll said.

Some just try to make sense of what Shakespeare's saying.

"Obviously some of the language in Shakespeare can be difficult to understand but, especially when you see a live version, you can understand by the body language... what they're trying to convey even if the vocabulary is hard to understand," said Christopher Alexander, in the audience.

"People think of Shakespeare as this big uptight English teacher and instead it wasn't... it was just fun," Driscoll said.

"It opens up our minds to more than just a picture book or video games and T.V. Shakespeare can be a lot of fun and it doesn't have to be boring and deep," Cast Member Abby Aagenes said.

She went on to say, "It can be exciting and that's the fun of the Shakespeare we're doing."

Driscoll went on to explain the play saying, "This is a story about two people falling in love, and that's just as basic as you get and just as important as you can get."

Rain or shine, the show must go on.

Free will donations are accepted.

 

Performances at 7 p.m. include:

Friday, June 17- Soldiers Field

Saturday, June 18- Soldiers Field

Monday, June 20- Soldiers Field (Picnic Theatre)

Tuesday, June 21- Florence Park (Stewartville)

Wednesday, June 22- Soldiers Field (Picnic Theatre)

Thursday, June 23- Central Park

Saturday, June 25- Central Park

 

Performances at 2 p.m. include:

Sunday, June 19- Central Park

Sunday, June 26- Central Park (Picnic Theatre)

 

 

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