Two Shakespeare plays run through the end of July

It’s not summer if we’re not outdoors enjoying Shakespeare in the Park! This year’s Ithaca Shakespeare Company season features two plays running through the end of July at the Treman Marine Park.

Update: The Thursday, July 20th showing of “Much Ado About Nothing” has been canceled due to the weather. There’s another performance this Saturday at 6pm, and presale tickets will be honored at any performance of the holder’s choice.

A past outdoor Shakespeare production in Ithaca. 14850 file photo.

Ithaca Shakespeare Company produces two plays at a time, and they alternate performances. We’d think it could be confusing for the performers, but it’s great for audiences who want to see a couple of different plays!

This season, ISC is doing “Richard III: The Winter of our Discontent” starting on July 13, and “Much Ado About Nothing” starting July 14.

ISC is calling “Richard III” the “grand finale” in their series of history plays. “The Wars of the Roses are over, the house of York has been victorious, and England is at peace…until Richard of Gloucester begins maneuvering against his own family to take the throne for himself.”

That’s alternating with “Much Ado,” one of Shakespeare’s most popular romantic comedies. “When Don Pedro and his soldiers arrive in sunny Messina for some much-needed R & R, love blossoms, and Beatrice and Benedick rekindle their merry war of wit. Don Pedro attempts to out-do Cupid by tricking Beatrice and Benedick into falling in love with each other, while Don John and his drunken henchmen scheme to ruin the marriage of their hated rival.”

Ithaca Shakespeare Company used to perform at the Cornell Plantations, now called the Cornell Botanic Gardens, but moved to Treman Marine Park last summer. They host about 4,000 attendees per season.

Tickets are on sale at ithacashakespeare.org. There are six performances of each play.

All ISC shows begin at 6pm at Allan H. Treman Marine Park on the shores of Cayuga Lake, near Cass Park and the Hangar Theatre. Set your GPS for 805 Taughannock Boulevard.

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