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- $40 for two tickets to one play at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival (up to an $84 value)
- When: July 22 through August 11
- Where: Michael Baughman Theatre at Jackson Community College
- Seating: orchestra
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the complete calendar.
A storm rages, a fool sings, a shipwreck separates two twins—so begins the web of mistaken identity, spurned love, and cross-dressing squires that is Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Lost on foreign soil without her beloved brother, Viola decides the best way to protect herself is to don trousers and a manly disposition. Skirts and curls tucked away, she offers to serve Orsino, the Duke, and promptly tumbles headlong into unreciprocated love. When Orsino's beloved Olivia then falls for the costumed Viola, it seems nothing could be more complicated—but then a certain long-lost twin emerges from the sea. Twelfth Night sends its forlorn lovers into a whirlwind of romance, confusion, and silly-looking pants, leaving audiences wondering what really makes a fool and from where love springs.
One of Shakespeare's lesser-known histories—but nonetheless full of nefarious plots and memorable characters—King John explores the familial ties and and political rivalries that shaped England in the medieval era. France threatens war unless John gives up the crown to his nephew Arthur, forcing the monarch to navigate a delicate path to maintain his already precarious seat on the throne. The answer seems to come in the form of a long-lost relative, the illegitimate son of John's brother Richard I. Known as Philip the Bastard but rechristened Richard Plantagenet, John's new-found nephew seems to be a useful ally. But appearances can be deceiving, and The Richard Formerly Known As Philip may have more sinister designs on his uncle.
She Stoops to Conquer
Love, class, and false identities collide in Oliver Goldsmith's fast-paced, surprisingly modern farce from the late 18th century. Mr. Hardcastle is a dignified country gentleman hoping to find a match for his clever daughter Kate in the person of the wealthy Londoner Charles Marlow. Unfortunately, the young Marlow is afflicted with a crippling nervousness around women of high social rank, mainly due to their retractable claws. Lower-class women, however, are a different story entirely, so Kate settles on a ruse to trap the skittish city boy—she will pretend to be her own maid. Kate's undercover plan sets the stage for mistaken-identity hijinks and ensuing romance, an irresistible combination that has led the play to be adapted for film and television no less than eight times.
Michigan Shakespeare Festival
The youthful romanticism of Juliet. The raging jealousies of Othello. Richard III's outsized villainy. All are found in the pages of Shakespeare's works, and all are brought to vibrant new life at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, the official Shakespeare festival of the state. With characters so rich, it's not surprising that the company exclusively staged the Bard's works for 19 years. But, recognizing that Shakespeare's reach extended far beyond the end of his own quill, the Festival now showcases one piece from an additional playwright each season. But whether the curtain opens on a comedy or a tragedy, a dramatic history or a tender romance, the organization aims to move audiences with timeless stories.