The centerpiece of our beloved Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival will be an outdoor staging of As You Like It, one of the Bard’s most popular romantic comedies. The production will run for three weekends, July 29 through August 15, 2021, on the grounds of the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT. To maintain audience safety and comfort, seating will be limited, so early ticket purchase is highly recommended. That said, some tickets may still be available at the door.
The cast includes fan favorites from past productions: Mikayla Brown (Audrey), Meg Gwyn (Phoebe), Nick Roesler (Jacques), Christopher Rowe (Orlando), Kiera Sheehan (Rosalind), Laura Sheehan (Duchess Senior), Debra Walsh (Coreen), and Tonille Watkis (Duchess Fredericka). Talented Capital Classics newcomers include Nick Luberto (Oliver), Isabelle Archer (Celia), Eddie Cruz, Jr. (Touchstone), and Nathan Podziewski (Silvius).
The production will be directed by Geoffrey Sheehan, who will be joined by David Regan (Set Design), Robyn Joyce (lighting design), Vivianna Lamb (costume design), Christine Simoes (choreography), Madelyn Stewich (stage manager), and musician Jaeme McDonald.
As Connecticut's oldest continuously running outdoor Shakespeare festival, Capital Classics has a 30-year reputation for making Shakespeare accessible and affordable. Over its three-weekend run, the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival attracts theatre fans who gather each summer with family, friends, and picnic baskets on the grounds of the University of Saint Joseph to enjoy outdoor Shakespeare under the stars. Sunday performances will see the return of Capital Classics' popular "Sunday Professor Series," where a scholar will speak pre-show for 20 minutes about the play. August 1 and August 8 will feature Dr. Milla Riggio, the James J. Goodwin Professor of English Literature at Trinity College. On August 15, Dr. Joshua Anderson, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Saint Joseph will speak..
All 2021 performances of the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival will be held outdoors at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ), 1678 Asylum Avenue in West Hartford, CT. Tickets are $20 for adults, $14 for students/seniors, and $14 for discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more and “Let's GO Arts!” members. Prices include a $2 USJ fee per ticket. This year tickets are available online at HartfordShakespeare.org or Autorino.usj.edu. Groups are encouraged to bring their own picnic dinners, lawn chairs, and blankets. Tickets will also be available at the door.