Shakespeare Theatre Company Free For All

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In 1991 the Shakespeare Theatre Company, under Artistic Director Michael Kahn, initiated its annual Free For All performances in Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park. Each year the Company performs a show free to the public, usually from a previous season. In 2009 the Free For All was moved indoors to Sidney Harman Hall, one of two theatres operated by the Shakespeare Theatre Company in downtown D.C. This more accessible location allows the Shakespeare Theatre Company to perform rain or shine, offer matinees, maintain the artistic excellence of the production and increase the overall number of Free For All performances.

The first Free For All production in 1991 was The Merry Wives of Windsor, starring Paul Winfield as Falstaff. More recent shows have included Much Ado about Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Pericles. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Free For All production for 2005, traveled to the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival in Colorado that same summer.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company received The Washington Post Award for Distinguished Community Service in 1992 and the 1997 Public Humanities Award from the Humanities Council of Washington D.C. for the Free For All.

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  1. ^ Page-Kirby, Kristen (30 July 2015). "The Shakespeare Theatre extends its annual Free for All". The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Community Relations The Washington Post celebrates the 24th year of Shakespeare Theatre Company's Free For All". The Washington Post. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Announcing the 2013-2014 Season". Shakespeare Theatre Company. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 

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