Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
June 25–August 1, 2021
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The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival kicks off its 30th Season on June 25, 2021 with something for everyone with in-person performances both indoors and outdoors, and more. In residence at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts of, the PA Shakespeare Festival (PSF) brings actors, directors, designers and more from across the country to create top of the line performances over the summer months. You'll find performances that can be enjoyed by the whole family, from classic musicals, to hysterical comedies, to kid-friendly spectacles.
Photo above: Luigi Sottile and Mairin Lee in Shakespeare in Love (2018). Photo by Lee A. Butz.
The season will open with performances of August Wilson's How I Learned What I Learned indoors at the Main Stage. This one-man theatrical memoir will star stage veteran Tony Todd and the production will be directed by Christopher V. Edwards, PSF's Distinguished Artist & Consultant.
PSF's new outdoor stage will debut with William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Barrymore Award-winning director Matt Pfeiffer. Catch a one-night-only solo concert by Broadway actress Phoenix Best on the outdoor stage. The evening will feature lively songs and stories of her journey to starring on Broadway. Families can experience E.B. White's Charlotte’s Web on the outdoor stage June 25–July 31.
To conclude the Festival's indoor offerings, enjoy An Iliad, which was originally slated for the 2020 season. The modern-day retelling of Homer's classic will star PSF veteran actor, Greg Wood.
- Charlotte’s Web (10:00am): Opens June 25 through July 31
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream (6:30pm): Previews, July 7 & July 8; Opens, July 9 through Aug 1
- In Concert with Phoenix Best (6:30pm): One-Night-Only, July 12
- How I Learned What I Learned (6:30pm): Previews, June 29 & June 30; Opens, July 1 through July 11
- An Iliad (6:30pm): Previews, July 20 and July 21; Opens, July 22 through Aug 1
Virtual to Stream (dates/times TBD):
- Charlotte’s Web
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- Native Gardens
- An Iliad
PSF plans to produce performances in three different modes in the 2021 season:
- Indoors, patrons can enjoy solo and small-cast works in PSF’s 473-seat Main Stage theatre which will play to a limited and socially distanced audience.
- Outdoors: Larger cast productions will play outdoors on a splendid new stage on the university’s beautiful mall adjacent to the theatre.
- Virtual: For audiences at home, virtual programming, including some of the works we will produce onsite, will be available for those who prefer or need to see productions from the comfort of their homes.