- Two tickets to the Bard’s Birthday Bash or a Shakespeare in the Park production
- When: Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m. (Bard’s Birthday Bash); June 11–July 19 (Shakespeare in the Park)
- Where: 129 Leslie (Bard’s Birthday Bash); Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre (Shakespeare in the Park)
- General admission
- Door time: 7 p.m. (Bard’s Birthday Bash); 30 minutes before showtime (Shakespeare in the Park)
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $12 for Much Ado About Nothing or Tartuffe ($20 value)
- $39 for Bard’s Birthday Bash plus two drink tickets ($70 value)
Bard’s Birthday Bash
In honor of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Shakespeare Dallas fetes Elizabethan enthusiasts with cake, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, casino games, and a private performance amid the industrial-chic confines of 129 Leslie. If you forget to bring a present for the birthday bard, you might be able to procure a vacation getaway during the live auction, or surreptitiously acquire a spa package during the silent auction. Cocktail attire is required, though neck ruffs and codpieces will likely be acceptable. Valets are complimentary.
Shakespeare in the Park
Much Ado About Nothing (June 18–July 19): While unwinding at a wealthy landowner’s estate after a triumphant war, young soldier Claudio quickly falls in love with Hero, the estate owner’s daughter. Meanwhile, confirmed bachelor Benedick trades barbs with Hero’s cousin, Beatrice, their barely concealed attraction bubbling just beneath the surface. The arcadian idyll threatens to come apart at the seams when Prince Don Pedro’s illegitimate brother conspires to ruin Claudio and Hero’s wedding. One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, Much Ado About Nothing spins a dizzying web of romantic and marital intrigue that forms a background for crackling verbal wit.
Tartuffe (June 11–July 18): On the outside, Tartuffe is a pious houseguest preoccupied with faith and good deeds, prompting the wealthy Orgon to invite him into his mansion. But in reality, he is a conman, and as the stark contrast between what he preaches and what he practices inspires laughs from the audience, he’s busily swindling his way into Orgon’s flush inheritance. Banned after its premiere by King Louis XIV, who was worried that it made the upper class look foolish, Molière’s classic comedy has gone on to become one of the most lauded and performed theatrical comedies in the world—while its title character has become synonymous with outrageous hypocrisy.
The works of William Shakespeare are timeless, and since 1971, Shakespeare Dallas has been a part of their rich theatrical tradition. From their roots as a summer company and their first, somewhat modest production—a one-man take on Hamlet —the organization has evolved to produce cultural events year-round. During the summer, skilled actors perform the Bard’s plays in the open air. When autumn arrives, Shakespeare on the Go! brings artists to schools to share age-specific, interactive programs. And through all seasons, Shakespeare Unplugged meets the community’s recommended iambic pentameter intake with staged readings and insightful lectures.