Get ready for the 2022 New Mexico Shakespeare Festival, which will feature two of the Bard’s beloved plays under the starry Albuquerque night sky.
No tickets are required for admission, and all seats are FREE.
Make yourself comfortable by bringing your own lawn chairs, seat cushions, stadium seats for the benches, blankets and a picnic. Even your pet dog on a leash is welcome. Do not bring alcohol.
Kudos to the festival promoters for noting that there will be plenty of room for wheelchairs.
British playwright William Shakespeare is considered by many to be the greatest writer of the English language. His more than three dozen plays explore timeless themes that resonate with audiences of all ages.
Festival organizers report this year’s Shakespeare festival will feature these two beloved works:
“King Lear,” directed by Debi Kierst
The play is about families—about fathers and daughters, fathers and sons, sisters and their husbands and lovers, brothers natural and unnatural. Ordinary jealousies, demands for love, sibling rivalries, desire for money and power, and petty cruelties are all taken to the extreme. It has been considered by many to be Shakespeare’s crowning artistic achievement.
“As You Like It,” directed by Julia Thudium
The play is being set in in its own time, Arden time. In this version, the mythical forest of Arden is where magic reigns and impossible things happen every day. This show will be filled with music and movement, laughter and most especially joy, joy for the audience and joy for the players.
Another reason for Shakespeare’s fame is that his plays are full of memorable quotes.
From “King Lear:”
“Many a true word hath been spoken in jest.”
From “As You Like It:”
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.”
The New Mexico Shakespeare Festival’s artistic director is Peter Shea Kierst, who has served as artistic director for the festival since 2017
The festival is presented by the Vortex Theatre and the City of Albuquerque. It has support from the Urban Advancement Trust Fund, New Mexico Arts and Sun Tours. Organizers say it is one of only 14 free Shakespeare festivals in the nation and one of only two free Shakespeare festivals west of the Mississippi.
BONUS: The festival has arranged for a number of local artists to open the festivities each evening. The acts range from improve to folk music to a barber shop quartet.
New Mexico Shakespeare Festival
Aug. 5 to Sept. 3, 2022
Each performance starts at 7:30 pm on Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. With a pre-show of music.
Veterans Memorial Park, 1100 Louisiana Blvd SE #5009, Albuquerque, NM 87108.
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