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The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival season begins

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Lovers of the Bard rejoice. The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival celebrates its 17th season of presenting outstanding free live performances of the works of William Shakespeare for audiences all around Northeast Ohio.

Starting off the season will be “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”. In this most enchanting of Shakespeare’s works two couples lose their way in an enchanted fairy forest on the eve of a royal wedding while a group of rustic amateur actors rehearse a play they plan to perform at the wedding. Comedy abounds as the fairy folk of the forest have their way with the dreams and reality of those silly mortals.

The summer schedule of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”

Fri, June 6
Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park
Coventry Rd and Euclid Hts. Blvd.
Cleveland Hts., OH, 44118

Sat, June 7
Shaker Heights Community Colonnade
3450 Lee Rd.
Shaker Heights, OH, 44120

Sun, June 8
Notre Dame College
4545 College Road
South Euclid, OH 44121

Fri, June 13
Tremont Lincoln Park
1208 Starkweather Ave.
Cleveland, OH, 44113

Sat, June 14
Tremont Lincoln Park
1208 Starkweather Ave.
Cleveland, OH, 44113

Sun, June 15
Lorain County Community College
Stocker Center for the Arts
1005 Abbe Rd.
Elyria, OH, 44035

Fri, June 20
Lakewood Park
14532 Lake Ave.
Lakewood, OH, 44107

Sat, June 21
Lakewood Park
14532 Lake Ave.
Lakewood, OH, 44107

Sun, June 22
Cuyahoga Community College West
11000 Pleasant Valley Rd
Parma, OH 44130

Fri, June 27
Grove Amphitheater
425 N Commons Rd
Mayfield Village, OH

Sat, June 28
The James A. Garfield National Historic Site
8095 Mentor Ave
Mentor, OH, 44060

Sun, June 29
Penitentiary Glen Nature Center
8668 Kirtland-Chardon Rd
Kirtland, OH 44094

The second show of the season, the classic tragedy of ‘star-crossed lovers’ Romeo and Juliet, opens July 18 with the following schedule:

July 18-20
Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park
Coventry Rd and Euclid Hts. Blvd.
Cleveland Hts., OH, 44118

July 25-27; August 2-3
Tremont’s Lincoln Park
1208 Starkweather Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113

Friday, August 1
Market Square Park
W 25th St. and Lorain Ave
Cleveland, OH 44

All shows start at 7:00 pm and are presented free of charge. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and seat themselves prior to each outdoor performance. Rain spaces have been secured for every venue except Wade Oval, allowing performances to proceed, rain or shine.

For more information about The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival or to get involved, contact us at 440.794.1CSF, email info@cleveshakes.org, find us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit www.cleveshakes.org.

The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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