Shakespeare in the Park

The 2022 Festival has passed; watch this space for memories from that event and announcements about our 2023 Festival soon…!

About the Festival

Stay tuned for announcements about our 2022-2023 season, including our Free Shakespeare in the Park Festival May 11th-14th, 2023 on the Capital City Amphitheater stage in Cascades Park in beautiful downtown Tallahassee.

CALL FOR DIRECTORS

Southern Shakespeare Company is now accepting Director’s Proposals for their mainstage production of Antony & Cleopatra for the 2023 Free Shakespeare in the Park Festival. Please download and read through the proposal form below.

All proposals should be emailed to Executive Director Bianca Montague by July 15th.

Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th will also feature performances from Renaissance-themed artists and SSC’s junior acting troupe, The Bardlings. Other highlights through the weekend include readings from our 2022 Sonnet Contest winners, local vendors, food trucks, and MORE!

Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 5th

7:30 pm – Much Ado About Nothing starring Kevin McDonald

Friday, May 6th

7:00 pm – 2022 Sonnet Contest Winners’ Readings
7:30 pm – Much Ado About Nothing starring Kevin McDonald

Saturday, May 7th

4:30 – 5:30 pm – Renaissance performers in Cascades Park
5:30 – 6:30 pm – The Bardlings present Romeo & Juliet
7:30 pm – Much Ado About Nothing starring Kevin McDonald (ASL Interpreted Performance)

Sunday, May 8th

4:30 – 5:30 pm – Renaissance performers in Cascades Park
5:30 – 6:30 pm – The Bardlings present Romeo & Juliet
7:30 pm – Much Ado About Nothing starring Kevin McDonald

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The quality of the mainstage SSC festival performances each year matches that of the many Shakespeare productions we’ve watched in much larger cities throughout England and the U.S. Tallahassee doesn’t know how lucky it is!

Dr. Sarah Lebhar Hall
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My 19 year old granddaughter was smitten. Days after [the festival] she enthusiastically shared her experience of the evening with a group of youths who claimed “there’s nothing to do in Tallahassee”…Thanks for the encounter!

2021 audience member
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Thank you THANK YOU for bringing [the festival] back!!! My love of Shakespeare started because of that first [Southern Shakespeare] showing of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Thank you for bringing back one of my loveliest childhood memories.

Brittany Callens
festival attendee
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The set, the costumes, the actors and their excellent performance throughout the play all contributed to a feast for the eyes and ears. And for those who are hearing impaired, watching the signers convey the message and emotion was a treat!

Penny Davis
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I’ve seen a LOT of Shakespeare, both community and professional, and this show was hands down one of the best I have ever seen. Don’t miss out!

Rose Bennett
festival attendee

RECENT PRODUCTIONS

After pausing in 2020 for the Covid-19 pandemic, we are pleased and proud to be gathering safely around Shakespeare again in the gorgeous outdoor performance space of Cascades Park. Our vital partnership with Tallahassee Community College continues to support the rehearsal and production process.

Click on a show title to view our digital playbill for a given production. Gallery photos can also be clicked to expand.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Guest starring Kevin McDonald of Kids in the Hall, 2022
Photographer: Bob Howard

TWELFTH NIGHT

Guest starring Hal Sparks of Queer as Folk, 2021
Photographer: Bob Howard

Past Productions

Originally formed in 1995, the Southern Shakespeare Festival was reinvigorated after a fifteen-year hiatus in its new home, the Capital City Amphitheater stage.

Click on a show title to view our digital playbill for a given production. Gallery photos can also be clicked to expand.

MACBETH

Guest starring Marc Singer of Beastmaster, 2019
Photographer: Bob Howard

ROMEO & JULIET

Guest starring Renee O’Connor of Xena: Warrior Princess, 2018
Photographer: Bob O’Lary

AS YOU LIKE IT

Guest starring Terry Wells and Devon Glover AKA Sonnet Man, 2017
Photographer: Bob Howard

COMEDY OF ERRORS

Starring Melanie Mays, 2016
Photographer: Bob O’Lary

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Guest starring Jef Canter, 2015
Photographer: Bob Howard

Festival Sponsors

Poet

Julie & Scott Carswell

Anonymous

Minstrels

Michael & Judy
Wilson Sheridan
Jessica Lowe-Minor
Beth & Curt Blair

Muses

Chip Chalmers
Laura Glenn
Gloria Priest
Jeff Mandel
Janet Hinkle
Mark & Colleen Seidenfeld

Additional Sponsors

The Beck Family
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