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Tennessee Stage Company: 29th Season of Shakespeare on the Square

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event, Kids & family and Theatre

July 11 – August 11, Thursday to Sunday, 7:00 PM nightly outdoors on Market Square, downtown Knoxville (free)
2 p.m. matinees Sunday, July 21, Sunday July 28, indoors at Scruffy City Hall ($15)
6:30 p.m. Monday, July 29, Blount County Public Library (free)

Featuring A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Comedy of Errors

A blanket or a camp chair is all you need to view these performances. Or treat yourself to reserved VIP seating for just $15 per person, including a complimentary bottle of water and local merchant goodie bag. While we perform with no admission charge for general seating, we do appreciate your donations – we’ll pass a basket nightly and suggest a $10 donation per person. We also accept cash or credit cards at the “front of house” table.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
July 11, 13, 19, 21, 25, 27, Aug. 2, 4, 8, 10
This famous romantic comedy is set in the Athenian woods on one magical midsummer night. Two young lovers, pursued by rivals for their love, spurned fathers and the angry Duke of Athens find themselves lost in a magical wonderland peopled by the King and Queen of the fairies and their sprite henchmen Robin Goodfellow, known as Puck. All three delight in playing games with mere mortals who chance to enter their woods. Add a group of rowdy tradesmen seeking a secluded spot to rehearse their play for the Duke’s wedding and you have all the ingredients for a wild evening of magic and comedy that could only have come from the glorious imagination of William Shakespeare. “Oh, what fools these mortals be.”

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
July 12, 14, 18, 20, 26, 28, Aug. 1, 3, 9, 11
One of Shakespeare’s first (and funniest) plays. Two sets of identical twins (!) with the same names (!!) Dromio and Antipholus who were separated as infants, grow up in rival cities. Ephesus and Syracuse, with no knowledge of the others – until the twins from Syracuse pay a visit to Ephesus. Elaborate embarrassments abound as the whole town tries to sort out two Dromios and two Anthipholi. It’s a wild roller coaster ride with mistaken identities, hilarious blunders and slapstick farce around every curve. “I to the world am like a drop of water that in the ocean seeks another drop.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is directed by H. Caitlin Corbitt and The Comedy Of Errors is directed by Jennifer Alldredge.

The Tennessee Stage Company encourages our audiences to spend an evening on the Square: do a little shopping, have a nice dinner, see the play and maybe stop by a pub afterward. All of this and more is available on Market Square nightly. So come early and see the Square! Tennessee Stage Company: 865-546-4280, www.tennesseestage.com