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Summer 2016:
Twelfth Night
Henry VI: A Tiger's Heart

The Reviews Are In...

From the Ithaca Journal review of both shows by Barbara Adams:

"Summertime in Ithaca — of all the pleasures uniting art and nature, Ithaca's own Bard-in-the-Park has to be near the top of the list...Pack a picnic supper, bring a chair or blanket, catch up with friends, and enjoy the talented ensemble.

"The setting is superb: Beyond the stage there's the lake, and in the late afternoon, the light filtering through the trees is magical...

"[ISC] has effectively combined Shakespeare's three 'Henry VI' plays to create one lively, fast-paced drama, 'A Tiger's Heart'...The role of Chorus identifies each person so efficiently that the complicated plot becomes amply clear...

"[In 'Twelfth Night,'] the trio of troublemakers keeps us in stitches...Daniel Kiely's Sir Toby Belch...sets new comic highs...

"Situation comedy, slapstick, romance, satire and very clever dialogue — this 'Twelfth Night' spills over with it all — irresistible!"

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Jousting On Saturday And Sunday!

We're hosting a variety of pre-show entertainment at the park before each performance this year. On Saturday and Sunday this week, July 16 and 17, come out around 4:30-5 pm and see mounted medieval jousting by Paragon Jousting!

It's so cool we can hardly believe it's happening!

See more details about our pre-show mini-Ren Fest here.

The Bard Buggy

While we love our new performance site at Allan H. Treman State Park, the walk from the parking lot to the performance space is a little longer than before...but never fear, the Bard Buggy is here!

Thanks to the generosity of Empire Golf Cars and the Country Club of Ithaca, we've got a great electric golf cart available to transport mobility-impaired audience members back and forth. And it's driven by the ghost of King Henry IV!

Twelfth Night
July 7, 10, 14, 16, 22, 24 at 6 pm

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An exploration of love in all its forms, the crowning glory of Shakespeare's romantic comedies is a richly layered and endlessly entertaining play. Hilariously funny and deeply romantic, Twelfth Night features: a shipwreck, a clever heroine in disguise, twins that no one can tell apart, multiple cases of mistaken identity, a lovesick count, a lovesick countess, a pair of drunken pranksters, a duel (sort of), a pair of yellow stockings, a pirate, a fool, a madman, a bunch of lovers, a bunch of songs, one of the greatest practical jokes in all of literature, and a whole lot of smiling!

Henry VI: A Tiger's Heart
July 8, 9, 15, 17, 21, 23 at 6 pm

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When Henry V dies and leaves his young son on the throne, the divisions in the kingdom break open and England erupts into civil war. The Wars of the Roses pit the house of Lancaster against the house of York — one led by one of Shakespeare's most formidable women, and the other driven by the ominous rise of the future Richard III.

Drawing on material from all three parts of Shakespeare's Henry VI, this sweeping epic features the first appearance of Richard III, two of Shakespeare's strongest women in Queen Margaret and Joan of Arc, the scene that gave birth to the phrase "the Wars of the Roses," a popular rebellion with the slogan "Let's kill all the lawyers!", and some of the most thrilling and intense conflicts that Shakespeare ever created!

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