Despair not, ye who desire to hear the Bard’s words in the midst of the warm breezes of summer.
Though SummeFest has decided to make Shakespeare in the park a biennial offering, Josephine SummerStage in Frankfort’s Josephine Sculpture Park is presenting its third annual Shakespeare show in June. This year, the play is As You Like It, the tale of Rosalind fleeing her uncle’s court to find love in the Forest of Arden. That, and the assertion that, “All the world’s a stage,” seem particularly well-suited to the park setting.
The play is directed by Louisville-based director Kathi E.B. Ellis, who is also directing the production of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize-winning TopDog/UnderDog next week at Balagula Theatre. Park artistic director Melanie VanHouten will again serve as the production designer, striving to integrate the play into the landscape of the park.
New this year will be three large scale sculptures commissioned from Louisville artist Andrew Marsh for the production.
Performances will be at 7 p.m. June 6 to 8 and 13 to 15 at Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Road. Visitors are invited to arrive early to picnic and look around the park. Tickets are $10 and $8 in advance at Kentucky Employees Credit Union and Completely Kentucky in Frankfort, and $12 and $8 at the gate.