Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

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Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival logo.jpg
Founded 1992
Founder Gerard J. Schubert, O.S.F.S.
Type Arts
Focus The Plays of William Shakespeare and other classic playwrights
Area served
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware
Product Professional Theatre
Owner DeSales University
Key people
Patrick Mulcahy, Producing Artistic Director; Dennis Razze, Associate Artistic Director; Casey Gallagher, Managing Director
Employees
12 year-round; 200+ seasonally
Volunteers
200
Website www.pashakespeare.org

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) is a professional theater company in residence at DeSales University and the Official Shakespeare Festival of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.[1] The Festival is organized as a non-profit 501(c)(3) in Pennsylvania. Each summer, PSF produces six or more plays (often including a musical) and special one-night-only performances. In the fall, PSF tours a Shakespeare play to schools as part of its Linny Fowler WillPower tour. The Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary season in the summer of 2016. Since its inception, the Festival has been attended by 850,000 people. The acting company consists primarily of professional actors from New York and Philadelphia and who are members of Actors' Equity Association. The plays are performed in two theaters in The Labuda Center for the Performing Arts: the 473-seat proscenium Mainstage or the 189-seat thrust Schubert Theater on the DeSales University campus in Center Valley.

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is listed as a Major Festival in the book Shakespeare Festivals Around the World by Marcus D. Gregio (Editor), 2004.

Productions[edit]

2017 Season[edit]

  • Evita - Lyrics by Tim Rice; Music by Andrew Llyod Webber • June 114 - July 2 • Main Stage
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles – By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Adapted by Steven Canny & John Nicholson • June 21 - July 16 • Schubert Theatre
  • The Three Musketeers - By Ken Ludwig; Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas • July 12 - August 6 • Main Stage
  • As You Like It - By William Shakespeare • July 20 - August 6 • Main Stage
  • Troilus and Cressida - By William Shakespeare • July 26 - August 6 • Schubert Theatre
  • The Ice Princess - By Brandon E. McLauren; Adapted from Hans Christian Anderson • June 2 - August 5 • Schubert Theatre
  • Shakespeare for Kids - By Erin Sheffield • July 26 - August 5 • Main Stage

2016 Season[edit]

  • West Side Story - Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins; Book by Arthur Laurents; Music by Leonard Bernstein; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Entire original production directed and choreography by Jerome Robbins; Inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet • June 15 - July 3 • Main Stage
  • Julius Caesar – By William Shakespeare • June 22 - July 17 • Schubert Theatre
  • The Taming of the Shrew - By William Shakespeare • July 13 - August 7 • Main Stage
  • Blithe Spirit - By Noël Coward • July 21 - August 7 • Main Stage
  • Love's Labour's Lost - By William Shakespeare • July 27 - August 7 • Schubert Theatre
  • The Little Mermaid - By Linda Daugherty • June 3 - August 6 • Schubert Theatre
  • Shakespeare for Kids - By Erin Sheffield • July 27 - August 6 • Main Stage

2015 Season[edit]

2014 Season[edit]

  • "Fiddler on the Roof" - Based on the Sholem Aleichem stories by special permission of Arnold Perl; Book by Joseph Stein, Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick; Produced on the New York Stage by Harold Prince; Original New York Stage Production Directed and Choreographed by Jerome Robbins - June 11 - June 29
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona – By William Shakespeare - June 13 - July 13
  • Lend Me a Tenor - By Ken Ludwig - July 9 - August 3
  • Macbeth- By William Shakespeare - July 17 - August 3
  • Women of Will - By Tina Packer - July 20 - August 3
  • Cinderella - By Brandon E. McLauren - May 30 - August 2
  • Shakespeare for Kids - By Erin Hurley - July 23 - August 2

2013 Season[edit]

  • Oklahoma! - Music by Richard Rodgers, Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Based on the play Green Grown the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs, Original Dances by Agnes De Mille - June 12 - June 30
  • The 39 Steps – Adapted by Patrick Barlow, From the novel by John Buchan, From the movie of Alfred Hitchcock - June 19 - July 14
  • The Importance of Being Earnest - By Oscar Wilde - July 10 - August 4
  • Measure for Measure- By William Shakespeare - July 18 - August 4
  • Henry VIII - By William Shakespeare - July 24 - August 4
  • Beauty & the Beast - By Michele L. Vacca - May 31 - August 3
  • Shakespeare for Kids - By Erin Hurley - July 24 - August 3

2012 Season[edit]

2011 Season[edit]

  • Hamlet - By William Shakespeare - July 20 - August 7
  • Pride & Prejudice - Adapted by John Jory - July 19 - August 7
  • The Comedy of Errors - By William Shakespeare - June 22 - July 17
  • South Pacific - Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan, Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II - June 15 - July 3
  • The Two Noble Kinsmen - By William Shakespeare and John Fletcher - July 27 - August 7
  • Sleeping Beauty - By Michele L. Vacca - June 3 - August 6
  • Shakespeare for Kids - By Erin Hurley - July 27 - August 6
  • On the Green June 15 - August 7

2010 Season[edit]

WillPower Tour[edit]

The Festival's signature education program is the annual Linny Fowler WillPower Tour, which brings a professionally produced Shakespeare play to middle schools and high schools throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Initiated in 2000, the WillPower Tour is a professionally directed 80-minute production with sets and costumes featuring a company of professionally trained and experienced actor/teachers. Half-day or full-day programming meets academic standards, with curriculum guides provided in advance. Post-performance discussion gives the students the opportunity to share their reactions and insights. The fall 2016 WillPower Tour featured Hamlet, which toured schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware from October 5 - November 18, 2016.

History[edit]

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival was founded in 1992 by Gerard J. Schubert, O.S.F.S., founder and chair of Performing and Fine Arts department at DeSales University.

Notable Actors[edit]

References[edit]

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