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 to see a performance at Water Works Theatre Company’s Shakespeare in the Park at Starr Jaycee Park in Royal Oak. Doors open 45 minutes before showtime. Choose from the following shows and performances:
For $10, you get one ticket for general admission to Henry V (a $20 value), valid for one of the following dates:
- Thursday, August 2, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, August 3, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, August 5, at 5 p.m.
For $6, you get two tickets for general admission to A Midsummer Night's Dream (a $12 value), valid for one of the following dates:
- Saturday, August 4, at 1 p.m.
- Sunday, August 5, at 1 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 7, at 7 p.m.
Shakespeare in the Park in Royal Oak bills itself as Michigan's largest professional outdoor Shakespeare event, and for two weeks this summer, the professional players will take to the open-air stage in reimagined versions of two classics. During Henry V, Michael Brian Ogden leads a cast of veteran actors who wield authentic broadswords and combat moves. Historical battle scenes envelop the stage as the titular young king ventures out in conquest of France. With period costumes and props, the 16th-century play comes to life while guests sip beer and wine purchased during the performance (not provided with this Groupon; outside beverages not permitted).
A Midsummer Night’s Dream weaves a tale of lovers and actors, whose actions are manipulated by the fairies that inhabit the forest around them. Five performers animate all of the play’s roles in a family-friendly, one-hour production that leaves wee ones with a newfound respect for Shakespeare and a penchant for monologues in iambic pentameter. The lawn-style seating of the outdoor theater allows visitors to bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the arts in casual, summer style, with ample parking nearby.