Shakespeare comes to town Saturday


WAYNESBORO—The Institute hosts a production of “Richard iii,” based William Shakespeare’s Richard III on Saturday, July 2 at 7 p.m., at The Wharf, a rural, park-like property at 10141 Wharf Road in Waynesboro, Pa. 

The performance is free and open to the public. Richard III is the fourth outdoor Shakespeare production by the Maryland Entertainment Group (MEG) of Hagerstown to be presented in conjunction with The Institute. This year, MEG is working in partnership with the Shippensburg Theater Collective.  

“We are delighted that The Institute is able to bring outdoor performances of Shakespeare back to our local community,” said Tracy Holliday, Institute executive director. 

Richard of Gloucester, crippled and filled with jealousy, uses manipulation and deceit to achieve his goal of becoming the King of England. He murders his young nephews, his brothers, and anyone else standing in his way. Although he succeeds and becomes king, his brief reign ends with his death in battle, and Henry of Richmond becomes King Henry VII. 

Directed by Luke Reed, the cast hearkens back to Shakespeare’s time, when stage actors were all male, and women’s roles were played by young men. Several of the actors, all male, will play multiple roles. 

The play will run under two hours, with one intermission. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics as they enjoy Shakespeare under the trees. 

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