Shakespeare on the Plaza Brings Laughs to
Civic Plaza is the stage for two comedies
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Classical theater joins the urban cityscape of Downtown Albuquerque as the City of Albuquerque and The Vortex Theater present Shakespeare on the Plaza with 15 free evening performances on Civic Plaza beginning Friday, June 8.
William Shakespeare's comedies As You Like It and Merry Wives of Windsor will include theatrical lighting and sound during the fully-costumed productions. Both plays are set in the 1960's. There will be a ‘60s dance party before the show beginning at 7:00 pm Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and live music on Fridays.
As You Like It, directed by Brendan McCall, follows sibling rivalries, exiled lords, lovers in disguise, and some of Shakespeare's most well-known speeches («All the world's a stage") and ends in reconciliation and marriage. McCall is a multifaceted international theater artist and producer currently based in Oslo, Norway.
InMerry Wives of Windsor, the lecherous Falstaff attempts to seduce married women, who see through him but lead him on in order to turn the tables on him.Merry Wives of Windsor is directed by Dennis Elkins, who directed last year's highly successful Comedy of Errors. He has been an acclaimed actor, director, and professor of theater
for many years.
The schedule is as follows:
Friday, June 8 -As You Like It
Saturday, June 9 -Merry Wives of Windsor
Sunday, June 10 -As You Like It
Thursday, June 14 -As You Like It
Friday, June 15 -Merry Wives of Windsor
Saturday, June 16 -As You Like It
Sunday, June 17 -Merry Wives of Windsor
Thursday, June 21 -Merry Wives of Windsor
Friday, June 22 -As You Like It
Saturday, June 23 -Merry Wives of Windsor
Sunday, June 24 -As You Like It
Thursday, June 28 -As You Like It
Friday, June 29 -Merry Wives of Windsor
Saturday, June 30 -As You Like It
Sunday, July 1 -Merry Wives of Windsor
All performances begin at 7:45 p.m.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs as limited seating is available. Culinary delights will be
available from local food trucks and there will be beer and wine for those with valid IDs.
Paid parking is available beneath Civic Plaza. Street parking and a number of other parking structures also are in
About the Vortex Theatre:
The Vortex is Albuquerque’s oldest continuously-running Black Box Theatre, a pioneering venue for classic, contemporary, and cutting-edge theatre since 1976. This 501©3 non-profit community playhouse entertains audiences year-round with some of the city’s finest productions, including our annual Summer Shakespeare
Festival. The Vortex is located at 2900 Carlisle Avenue NE.