Prince George's Shakespeare in the Parks

Shakespeare in the park logo written in green letters with graphic image of a theater. 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 Prince George’s 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.

For more information, call 301-446-3232; TTY 301-699-2544.

2022 Prince George’s Shakespeare in the Parks presents The Tragedy of Macbeth 

Join Prince George's Shakespeare in the Parks triumphant return, to a park near you, with our actionpacked production of Shakespeare's classic tragedy Macbeth. Inspired by the novel-turned-movie Gangs of New York, this 1850's interpretation features some of the region's best stage combat artists and seasoned actors. Paired with Shakespeare's iconic language, this fast paced 90-minute adaptation will leave audiences breathless. Bring your lawn chair, a picnic, and enjoy the Bard under the stars with Prince George's Shakespeare in the Parks! 

Sunday, July 10th at 3 pm, Fairwood Community Park Amphitheater 12390 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie, MD 20720 
Rain Location: Glenn Dale Community Center 11901 Glenn Dale Blvd., Glenn Dale MD 20769 

Tuesday, July 12th at 6:30 pm, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallen Ave., Wheaton, MD 20902 

Thursday, July 14th at 7:30 pm, Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Kettering, MD 20774 
Rain Location: Largo/Kettering/Perrywood Community Center 431 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 

Friday, July 15th at 7:30 pm, Montpelier Mansion Grounds, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, MD 20708 
Rain Location: Deerfield Run Community Center 8870 Cherry Lane, Laurel, MD 20708 

Saturday, July 16th at 7:30 pm, Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Dr., Oxon Hill, MD 20745 

Sunday, July 17th at 3:00 pm, John Addison Concert Hall Harmony Hall Art Center, 10702 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington, MD 20744 

Wednesday, July 20th at 7:00 pm, Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale, MD 20737 
Rain Location: Prince George’s Plaza Community Center 6600 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville, MD 20782 

Thursday, July 21st at 7:30 pm, David C. Driscoll Community Park, 3911 Hamilton St., Hyattsville, MD 20781 

Friday, July 22nd at 7:30 pm, Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville, MD 20855 

Sunday, July 24th at 3 pm, Prince George’s Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Hyattsville, MD 20784 

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Auditions for Prince George’s Shakespeare in the Parks 2022

Audition for Prince George's Shakespeare in the Parks’ action-packed production of the classic tragedy Macbeth. Inspired by the novel-turned-movie Gangs of New York, this 1860's interpretation will feature intricate stage combat by some of the region's best fight directors. Performances at outdoor and indoor locations in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in Maryland.

Audition/Callback Information:

  • Due to restrictions still posed by COVID-19 we will be accepting video submissions for our upcoming tour. 
  • Submit your audition by Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 11:59 pm.
  • In-person callbacks will be Monday, February 7, 2022 at The Bowie Center for Performing Arts. 

 What to prepare:

Please prepare and present a 60-90 second monologue by Shakespeare or one of his contemporaries in verse. Actors who are proficient at playing a musical instrument, share that with us as well. Our music director has requested you play a ~60 second piece of folk music ideally with a celtic feel. State which instruments you play as well as your proficiency level on your video submission

Instructions

Rehearsal and Tour dates: 

  • First Rehearsal Monday, June 4, at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park MD.
  • Performances July 8 – July 24, 2022.
  • For further information email Christel Stevens 

Shakespeare in the Parks Audio Dramas:

Shakespeare in the Parks Audio Drama: A Christmas Carol

Step back in time to Victorian London for a magical tale of ghosts, a change of heart, and the true meaning of the holidays in Charles Dicken’s – A Christmas Carol. This timeless classic has been adapted by Christopher Dwyer into an audio drama. Listen in and be charmed by a much-loved holiday story vividly brought to life. Our FREE, family-friendly presentation, filled with music, captures the joy and delight of the season. Narrated by Lilian Oben, this performance includes appearances by award-winning actors Edward Gero as Jacob Marley and Matt McGee as Scrooge. Join us on a thoughtful journey, with well-known characters, in what is sure to be a comforting and safe holiday tradition. 

If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On! A Celebration of Music from Shakespeare in the Parks

Enjoy a musical feast of songs, scenes, and poetry from Shakespeare’s plays, performed by the actors and musicians who bring you Prince George’s Shakespeare in the Parks every summer. Put on your headphones and be swept away on a tide of romance and nostalgia. Imagine yourself in the Forest of Arden, while relaxing at home or sitting “ON” a picnic blanket in your favorite M-NCPPC park setting. Suddenly the scene shifts to a small Italian café, where a strolling guitarist sings the classic  “Una “NOTTE” a Napoli.” 

Shakespeare in the Parks Audio Drama: The Tempest. 

Have you ever imagined being shipwrecked on a lonely island? What if the air was full of whispering voices? Suddenly a mysterious fairy appears, who can control the wind and the waves while flying from one palm tree to the next! Prince George’s Shakespeare in the Parks presents The Tempest, one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Let your imagination soar as you listen to this audio drama, with magical music and exciting sound effects, and a love story between two young people who meet on the shores of the sparkling sea.

Are you teaching The Tempest in your classroom or in-home learning? Download our Education Guide to accompany the radio drama.

Shakespeare in the Parks Audio Drama: Macbeth: 

Shakespeare in the Parks 2020 is an exciting virtual experience! The Tragedy of Macbeth is presented as an hour-long audio drama set among the gangs of New York of the 1860s, a turbulent time during the American Civil War, with domestic unrest in the streets of the city. The classic story stays the same: the tragic hero Macbeth stumbles upon three witches in the sewers, who fill his head with the prophecy of being the "king hereafter." Murder, mayhem, and a grab for power consume the Macbeths, as they rise and fall during their short reign. Click the link and enjoy. Appropriate for middle school ages and above.

Are you teaching Macbeth in your classroom or in home learning? Download our Education Guide to accompany the radio drama.

Production History

  • A Christmas Carol: A Radio Drama (2020)
  • Macbeth: Radio Drama (2020)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (2019)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (2018)
  • As You Like It (2017)
  • Twelfth Night (2016)
  • Romeo and Juliet (2015)
  • The Tempest (2014)