Shakespeare at Winedale

Shakespeare at Winedale Summer Tour

Sun, June 17, 2012
Shakespeare at Winedale Summer Tour

The 2012 Shakespeare at Winedale summer class hits the road this summer as the final piece of their study of Shakespeare through performance. After concluding four weekends of public performances at the Winedale Historical Center near Round Top, TX, the troupe will perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas, Texas on Friday, August 17th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission or $10 for students/UT ID holders. The class will then hold a performance of The Winter’s Tale, at the SAC Black Box Theater on the University of Texas campus in Austin, TX, on Monday, August 20th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 for general admission or $10 for students/UT ID holders. The tour will wrap up with a final performance of Coriolanus on the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars stage in Staunton, Virginia on Monday, August 27th at 7:30pm; admission is free. Tickets for these events may be ordered online through the Shakespeare at Winedale website: or by contacting Liz Fisher at (512) 471-4726 or

Shakespeare at Winedale, housed in the College of Liberal Arts at UT, was founded on the belief that the best way to understand Shakespeare’s plays was through performing them. Over the years, the program has evolved into a multi-faceted educational program including a three-month summer residency dedicated to bringing Shakespeare’s words to life through the creative act of play. Before going on tour, students in the 2012 summer class will hold four weekends of public performances at the Winedale Historical Center, located near Round Top, Texas, in a converted nineteenth-century hay barn.

 For the first time in the program’s history, this summer’s class will perform Shakespeare’s riveting political thriller Coriolanus. “We are very excited to be doing the Winedale premiere of Coriolanus,” said program Director James Loehlin, “one of Shakespeare’s richest explorations of politics-- perfect for an election year! Coriolanus is set in the earliest days of the Roman republic, but still pertinent today.” On tour it will be performed in the Blackfriars Playhouse, a recreation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre located in the Shenandoah Valley in Staunton, VA., the home of the American Shakespeare Center.

Also among this summer’s diverse and entertaining plays are A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Winter’s Tale. Drifting between the natural and supernatural worlds of Shakespeare’s Athenian forest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows the trials of four young lovers when their paths cross the feuding fairy king and queen. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed at Winedale and at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, a theatre and arts center in downtown Dallas.

The Winter’s Tale, one of Shakespeare’s late romances, deals with the destructive nature of jealousy and the redemptive power of love. At times a wintry tragedy and at times a sunny comedy, The Winter’s Tale will be performed in the new Black Box theatre at the Student Activities Center on the UT campus.   

For a full schedule of performances or more information about the Shakespeare at Winedale program, please visit our website: or contact the program coordinator Liz Fisher at (512) 471-4726 or

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