Love’s Labour’s Lost
Directed by Adam Hester
In this delightful Shakespearean soufflé, a lusty king and his three pals renounce worldly pleasures for the sake of higher learning, then forsake their vows to woo a French princess and her ladies in waiting. This clever romantic comedy uses the songs of Gershwin, Cole Porter, and their contemporaries for an inspired old-style Hollywood musical.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Directed by Gary Varner
They’re back! The fairies, the mortals, the rustics, the mayhem and the love! When the merry sprite Puck meddles with a magical love potion, young lovers lost in the woods mysteriously find themselves infatuated with the wrong person in this hilarious, fairytale fantasia that proves the course of true love never did run smooth.
The Abilene Shakespeare Festival, which began in 1990, is located in Abilene, Texas on the Abilene Christian University campus. Each year we are excited to take advantage of the theatre spaces in ACU's Williams Performing Arts Center. This venue offers an exciting challenge for artists, and stands as an integral part of the life and culture of Abilene. The 2000 Festival was our first time to produce two plays simultaneously, and it proved to be a great success both with audiences and with cast/crew.
The Festival, which takes place annually in June, provides an excellent opportunity to expose West Texas to the major works of Shakespeare and other classical literature. Our audiences have been made up of young and old, blue collar and white collar, cowboy and executive. We continue to introduce new patrons to Shakespeare who have little experience in regular theatre-going, and we are committed to bringing them high-quality, exciting new productions of classical works for little to no admission price.