Montford Park Players – FREE Shakespeare All Summer


Well you guys put up with my monthly plugs of the FREE shows at the Carolina, so let me plug another FREE set of shows in Asheville. The Montford Park Players put on an entire wonderful summer of FREE Shakespeare Plays outdoors at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater.

Rain(Waiting in the rain for play to start)
Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and most Sundays. Donations are solicited at intermission but it is very low-key and you don’t need to donate if you don’t feel like it. Bring a picnic lunch with a bottle of wine or buy snacks and drinks while there. They often have The Chocolate Lab selling there as well as a hot dog vendor.

This year’s schedule of FREE plays:

May 31st to June 22nd – The Tempest

June 28th to July 20th – The Merchant of Venice

July 26th to August 17th – Love’s Labour’s Lost

August 23rd to September 14th – Hamlet


My Weekends with the Immortal Bard

I like Shakespeare and always have since my mother took me to see Hamlet oh so many years ago. I find his themes to be intricate and his wordsmithery (okay maybe that is not a word but it should be) fabulous. I never cared much for his comedies but enjoyed his tragedies and the few histories I had seen. My wife never cared much for Shakespeare and thought him to be the most overrated playwright ever. Both of our opinions lasted until a few years ago.

Now we both adore the Bard. Every weekend we go to see FREE Shakespeare in Montford Park in Asheville. Yes this is a plug for The Montford Park Players. Every summer they put on FREE Shakespeare plays at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre in Asheville. They run every weekend all summer and each play runs four weeks.

This year the first play was a double feature of Double Falsehood and Comedy of Errors. It was brilliantly staged by director Jason Williams and choreographer Kristi DeVille as a Bollywood musical. Currently we are two weeks into director Scott Keel”s adaptation of All”s Well that Ends Well. He has adapted this as though it were a Jane Austen novel. The acting, costuming, sets, and music are all superb.

The above picture is where I play the drum in the enemy ambush scene from All”s Well (two audience members are chosen at random to help with the drumming in that scene). My wife and I enjoyed the play so much that we went to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings performances. If you ever go – bring a picnic dinner and something to drink (alcohol is permitted).

This leads of course to my theme of the week which is Shakespeare on Instant Netflix.