Celebrate 30 Years of Shakespeare in the Park!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: August 9th–September 16th

If we are in love, are we ever in control?


The Nashville Shakespeare Festival continues its 30th anniversary season with a celebratory production of Shakespeare’s classical comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directed by Jaclynn Jutting, this magical play explores the duality of love. The show runs August 9–September 9 in Centennial Park, Nashville, and then plays an encore weekend at Academy Park Performing Arts Center in Franklin from September 13–16.

In true Nashville Shakes style, the production will feature an original score by Rollie Mains, played live by the composer and local musicians, Natalie Bell, Jeff Rogers and actor/musician Matthew Cruz Benenson.The cast of 23 actors and apprentice company members includes Nashville favorite, Tamiko Robinson Steele playing both Titania, Queen of the Fairies and Hippolyta. Also double-cast is Geoff Davin as Oberon and Theseus, and Artistic Director Denice Hicks, who will be playing both the mischievous Puck and Egeus.


And here’s a bonus: Little elves and fairies can take the stage this year! Children ages 6–12 can attend Elf & Fairy Camp each week of the show, and perform alongside the pros in the show.

Blending the world of ancient Greece with an enchanting, twinkling fairy forest is set designer Paul Gatrell, lighting designer, Anne Willingham, and costume designer Colleen Garatoni. Dance choreography by Everett Tarleton.“Working on this play, with Nashville Shakespeare Festival—loved by so many Nashvillians—has been a delight,” says Director Jaclynn Jutting. “Producing it in the heart of Nashville’s Centennial Park brings Shakespeare’s Athens, Greece to the ‘Athens of the South.'” Artistic Director Denice Hicks adds: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the perfect play to celebrate 30 years of Shakespeare in the Park. There is a lot of tension and anxiety in the world these days, and this is an event that brings everyone together to share a fun evening full of laughter and wonder.”

6:00 p.m.: Food & drink vendors open + Talking Shakespeare, with nightly special guest speakers
6:30 p.m.:  Pre-show entertainment
7:30 p.m.: Performance

The Franklin performances will begin a half-hour earlier. All shows are Thursdays–Sundays and Labor Day (Monday).

Tickets are free, but a $10 donation is encouraged. VIP Royal Packages are $75 and include reserved seating, VIP parking and a gourmet dinner by Bacon & Caviar. Tickets are available at ticketsnashville.com.

The Festival will also take a moment to honor its original founding members from 1988, and celebrate those who are still critical to NSF today, in a Founder’s Day Celebration on Sept 2nd.

All of NSF’s programming is supported in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Congratulations, NSF! We can’t wait for opening night—mark your calendars and don’t miss this Nashville favorite!


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