Watching a play is the second-best way to achieve emotional catharsis, right behind writing a play about achieving emotional catharsis. Tear-stain a playbill with this GrouponLive deal.
- $12 for one ticket to a production by The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (up to $21 value)
- Where: F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre Main Stage
- Seating: best available
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
- A Midsummer Night's Dream on Saturday, April 12, at 12 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
- Julius Caesar on Saturday, April 12, at 2:30 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
"Lord, what fools these mortals be!" So speaks Puck, the mischievous sprite responsible for much of the cheery mayhem in Shakespeare's beloved comedy. Over the course of one moonlit night in an enchanted forest, four mortals fall in and out of passionate love, two powerful fairy rulers spar, and one hapless would-be actor becomes a donkey unable to effectively emote.
It is among the most iconic episodes in history, but the drama of Julius Caesar's assassination might be matched by the power of Shakespeare's poetry. This is the play that birthed the phrases "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears," "Beware the Ides of March," and, of course, "Sup, Brutus?" As the titular Roman ruler grapples with the burden of power, his once close friend Marcus Brutus begins to fear that Caesar will turn the republic into a monarchy—a misunderstanding with tragic results.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
One of the nation's most esteemed Shakespeare outfits, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has brought the playwright's work to life for the past half-century. But the troupe takes its name more as an inspiration than a strict limit, also mounting productions of other classics by writers such as Thornton Wilder and Noël Coward. Once a summer, the company takes to the College of Saint Elizabeth's outdoor amphitheater—modeled after Athens' Theater of Dionysius, a favorite venue for Shakespeare performances in Greece—to present the bard's work in the way he intended: alive under the open sky.