Shakespeare Festival returning to Beaverton
Wherefore art thou, Beaverton's annual Shakespeare Festival?
Presented by the Experience Theatre Project, the family-friendly three-day festival returns to the Beaverton Main Library July 16-18, featuring outdoor performances on two stages on the library's south lawn.
Gov. Kate Brown lifted COVID-19 restrictions last week, allowing more people to enjoy the performances.
"We are excited to have more capacity," said Alisa Stewart, artistic director of Experience Theatre Project. "Everyone has been looking forward to the festival."
After the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancelation of the festival last year, Stewart said she was determined to bring the festivities back to Beaverton this year. She started planning for the 2021 show, despite uncertainties about vaccination rates across the state.
"We took a gamble and are glad it worked out," Stewart said.
Talented local actors who will perform scenes from Willaim Shakespeare's works alongside wandering madrigal singers, renaissance dancers and a stockade for bad actors.
Kids can enjoy a tent with Shakespeare related activities and adults can sip wine or mead at The Elephant Inn, an over-21 pub.
Elizabethan meat pies from Mrs. Lovatts's Pie Stand will be on hand, as well as a sword master from Academia Duelletoria, offering workshops on "The Noble Art of Defense," using sword and buckler, rapier and cutlass.
Finish the day with a performance of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," the centerpiece of the festival, performed July 16 and July 17 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoon, July 18, at 2 p.m. The rollicking, fast-paced show is performed by three actors in 97 minutes and covers all 37 plays penned by the Bard.
Every one of the comedies, tragedies and histories is performed with gusto and alacrity, Stewart said.
The production will also perform at wineries in Washington, Yamhill and Marion counties through Aug. 8. Dates, times and locations are on the festival's website at experiencetheatreproject.org.
The festival's Queen's Feast Gala, an authentic 1591 culinary experience complete with a pig on a spit and entertainment by singers and dancers, is already sold out, but Stewart said she hopes to have more tickets on sale soon.
To be added to the waiting list, visit the festival's website. Tickets are $65 to $150.
The festival encourages guests to check the festival's website for COVID-19-related information prior to attending this event.
"We want to inspire everyone to come to this joyous festival," Stewart said. "There is something for everyone, no matter your age or group. We recommend a $12 donation, but if you can't do that, it's free. Art is for everybody."
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