Rude Mechanicals present Romeo and Juliet live on Zoom and YouTube, Aug 15 & 16

Rude Mechanicals present Romeo and Juliet live on Zoom and YouTube, Aug 15 & 16

The Rude Mechanicals in residence at the Greenbelt Arts Center present
Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare
directed by Claudia Bach

Location: Online. Click here.

Saturday, August 15, 8 PM

Sunday, August 16, 2 PM — followed by a talkback with the cast and crew

Or join us live via YouTube on our channel:

The Rude Mechanicals and the Greenbelt Arts Center present this online production of Romeo & Juliet, the story of two young women in rural America fighting against the prejudices of their families and even themselves in order to be together. This cast brings new life, heart, and insight to this classic play.

From the Director:
“I wanted to explore how we overlook and miss the voices of young people. There is a striking lack of trust and communication between the young people in this community and the adults, and the consequences are dire. What does it mean for two young women, living in a town so small they’re practically isolated, to learn something about themselves — their love for each other — that suddenly makes them an Other? Alienated from the few people around them, who would they go to? Who would they trust? Suddenly, as the grapple not only with their secret infatuation but with the secret of their own identities, we can feel the full weight of the stakes Shakespeare is presenting to us, and the story begins to shed new light on what it is to love others and yourself.”

Performances will be online and open to the public. Please consider a suggested donation of $10 to support the work and expansion of both the Rude Mechanicals and the Greenbelt Arts Center.

Rude Mechanicals present Love’s Labours Lost at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Jan 31-Feb 9

Rude Mechanicals present Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Jan 31-Feb 9

The Rude Mechanicals present
Love’s Labour’s Lost
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Liana Olear

January 31 – February 9, 2020

Location: Greenbelt Arts Center

Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost is a comedy best known for its witty wordplay – the clever characters speak in puns, and less clever ones in malapropisms. The Rude Mechanicals’ production uses a modern setting, with cell phones, selfies and social media, to showcase Shakespeare’s timeless themes. But, spoiler – the ending is in the play’s name, and if ever you were annoyed at Romeo and Juliet’s brief acquaintance (coming soon!) being touted as love for the ages, perhaps you’ll appreciate an exploration of a much more sensible alternative.

Ticket prices: $24 General Admission, $22 Seniors/Military, $12 Student/Youth. Buy tickets here.

2019 Camp Encore presents Hamlet at the Greenbelt Arts Center, July 10-11

2019 Camp Encore presents Hamlet at the Greenbelt Arts Center, July 10-11

“…hold, as twere, the mirror up to nature.”
by William Shakespeare

Join director Kate Magill Robinson and the Camp Encore troupe leaders as they tackle Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece. Prince Hamlet, spurred on by his father’s vengeful ghost, takes a dark and winding path to discover whether the ghost’s shocking accusation of fratricide and usurpation is true. Hamlet’s stratagems roil the guilty conscience of his murderous uncle, confirming the ghost’s dreadful tale. Yet Hamlet hesitates to exact vengeance, as he grapples with the question of his own mortality and the price of truth. With a kingdom teetering in the balance, Hamlet’s quest overtakes him, ensnaring the innocent along with the guilty and, at the climax, bringing destruction to the royal house. At the end of the camp session, campers will present performances at the Greenbelt Arts Center. The performance schedule includes an evening performance on Thursday, July 11, at 7:00pm.

PERFORMANCES: Wednesday, July 10 at 1:00pm and Thursday, July 11 at 4:00pm and 7:00pm.

Performance Location: Greenbelt Arts Center

Tickets are free, but reservations are required. Reserve tickets here.

2019 Shakespeare in the Parks: Much Ado About Nothing at various locations, Jul 9-21

2019 Shakespeare in the Parks: Much Ado About Nothing at various locations, Jul 9-21

The Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division Presents the Prince George’s Summer Shakespeare Festival.

Much Ado About Nothing – Prince George’s Shakespeare in the Parks
Vicious Rumors. Reluctant Rivals. And The Triumphant Power of Love.

A fun-filled comedy, featuring Beatrice and Benedick, the witty rivals whose secret love for each other is revealed when they come to the rescue of Claudio and Hero, whose wedding has been sabotaged by the nefarious Don John. Set on the picturesque island of Sicily, this traveling production will feature live musicians playing a blend of traditional Italian music as well as original numbers composed from Shakespeare’s text.

Performances July 9-21, 2019

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a FREE performance in your favorite park!

Tuesday, July 9, 6:30 pm
Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

Wednesday, July 10, 7:30 PM
Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville, MD 20855

Thursday, July 11, 7:30 pm
Oxon Hill Manor
6901 Oxon Hill road
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Friday, July 12, 7:30 pm
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland, 8270 Alumni Drive, College Park, MD 20742

Saturday, July 13, 7:30 pm
Cabin John Regional Park Amphitheater
7400 Tuckerman Lane
Bethesda MD 20817

Sunday, July 14, 3 pm
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Tuesday, July 16, 7 pm
Riversdale House Museum
4811 Riverdale Rd, Riverdale, MD 20737
Rain location: Riverdale Elementary School Multipurpose Room
5006 Riverdale Road, Riverdale 20737

Wednesday, July 17, 7:30 pm
Magruder Park
40th Avenue and Hamilton Street, Hyattsville 20782
Rain location: City of Hyattsville Multipurpose Room
4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville 20781

Thursday, July 18, 7:30 pm
Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Dr, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Rain location: Largo/Kettering/Perrywood Community Center
431 Watkins Park Dr, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

Friday, July 19, 7:30 pm
Montpelier Mansion
9650 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel, MD 20708
Rain location: Deerfield Run Community Center
13000 Laurel Bowie Rd, Laurel, MD 20708
*This performance will be sign-language interpreted

Saturday, July 20, 7:30 pm
Fairwood Community Park
12390 Annapolis Road, Bowie 20720
Rain location: Glenn Dale Community Center
11901 Glenn Dale Blvd, Glenn Dale, MD 20769

Sunday, July 21, 3 pm
The Publick Playhouse
5445 Landover Road
Cheverly MD 20784

Enjoy free, entertaining, and accessible productions of the work of the greatest playwright of the English language at parks and arts centers throughout Prince George’s County! Each summer Shakespeare in the Parks tours a professional, family-friendly production of one of Shakespeare’s plays throughout the County, making great theatre available to everyone. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a FREE performance in your favorite park! For more information, call 301-446-3232; TTY 301-699-2544.


Hamlet Replayed at Clarice Smith, Feb 22-Mar 2

Hamlet Replayed at Clarice Smith, Feb 22-Mar 2

Hamlet Replayed
Based on William Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Directed by Leslie Felbain

February 22 – March 2, 2019

Fri, Feb 22, 2019 . 7:30PM
Sat, Feb 23, 2019 . 7:30PM
Sun, Feb 24, 2019 . 2:00PM
Wed, Feb 27, 2019 . 7:30PM
Thu, Feb 28, 2019 . 7:30PM
Fri, Mar 1, 2019 . 7:30PM
Sat, Mar 2, 2019 . 2:00PM
Sat, Mar 2, 2019 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre.

Hamlet is knee-deep in a personal and political quagmire. His father, the king, has been murdered by his uncle Claudius, who has hastily married his sister-in-law to assume the throne. Seeking to avenge his father’s murder, Hamlet sets off a chain of events resulting in death, destruction and a notable absence of justice.

But the politics and scandal in Shakespeare’s classic tragedy are nothing compared to the political discord and global uncertainty of today. This student-driven, devised theater piece, adapted from the Bard’s tale, imagines a new cast of greedy, divisive leaders—and a new generation to challenge them and liberate themselves.

Tickets: General admission $25, Students/Youth Free. Click here.