In-person Shakespeare festival in Beaverton will begin on July 16
As COVID-19 cases drop throughout the area, shows are returning to in-person events, such as Experience Theatre Project's 2021 Westside Shakespeare Festival in Beaverton.
On Monday, May 25, the company announced that this would be its first in-person outdoor theatrical event for all ages. The three-day immersive celebration is free to attend and will take place on the Beaverton City Library's south lawn.
The festival will follow federal and state guidelines each day of the festival, which may limit capacity.
"Immerse yourself in 1591, the year of Queen Elizabeth I and the English renaissance," said the company in a press release. "A myriad of poets, madrigal singers, Renaissance dancers, Shakespeare-related activities and performances are featured on two stages — a full weekend of fun for the whole family."
The festival will feature a "hilarious" presentation of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" each day of the festival. William Shakespeare himself — or, at least, an actor portraying him — will also be on hand to talk about his life and stories.
According to the Experience Theatre Project, actors from local theater companies will perform scenes all weekend for the festival.
"Engage in sword fighting demonstrations from Academia Duellatoria, enjoy Tudor-inspired art, Elizabethan meat-and-vegetable pies from Mrs. Lovett's Pie stand, then grab a pint of ale at the over-21 pop-up pub ('The Elephant'), which will feature Oregon wines, a variety of Oregon microbrews, and Billy Shakes' favorite go-to mead," added the announcement.
The festival begins on Friday, July 16, and runs through Sunday, July 18, with a suggested $5 donation per person.
"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" will be performed Friday and Saturday nights starting at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at noon.
Tickets for the Queen's Feast will take place on Saturday, July 17, which will be a 1591 culinary experience with a spit-roasted pig with William Shakespeare and the Queen in attendance. The event will also include singing, dancing and a performance.
The "Complete Works" will continue with performances with a wine tour through Washington, Yamhill and Marion counties starting at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 17, and will continue at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 18.
On July 23 through July 25, the production will continue its wine tour at Helvetia Winery in Hillsboro, Fairsing Vineyard in Yamhill on July 28 through July 30, including Lady Hill Winery in St. Paul on July 30 and Aug. 1 and Aug. 2.
For more information, visit experiencetheatreproject.org.
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