ITHACA, N.Y. – For its 17th season of outdoor Shakespeare performances, the Ithaca Shakespeare Company will be moving to Robert H. Treman State Park for the 2019 summer season. The company will present performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Pericles” there from July 11-28.
For the past several years, outdoor performances have been held at Allan H. Treman State Marine Park, on the lake near the Hangar Theatre and Cass Park. Construction on the trail system there has been delayed by wet weather, resulting in the change of location for this summer. Despite the change, the Company is excited about the possibilities of the new location.
“Robert Treman Park is one of the jewels of the region, a must-see destination for anyone visiting Ithaca,” said ISC Artistic Director Stephen Ponton. “We’re thrilled to be able to bring our shows to such a beautiful location, and we’re grateful to the park management and personnel for working so hard to support these productions and make the switch as painless as possible.”
ISC will perform in a beautiful grove located near the Upper Entrance, the Old Mill building, and the entrance to the gorge trail. Parking and full restrooms are available at the site, and parking fees will be waived for audience members coming to see the Shakespeare productions.
Guests are invited to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs. Picnics are encouraged, and the company offers free golf cart shuttle service between the parking lot and the playing space for those who need assistance.
This year’s productions include Shakespeare’s most popular play alongside a play that is not nearly as well known. ISC has produced the much-loved “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” three times previously, but the comic antics of the fairies, lovers, royalty, and townspeople are always fresh and funny.
ISC is pairing the well-known comedy with the company’s first production of “Pericles.” While not generally familiar to current audiences, “Pericles” was extremely popular with audiences in Shakespeare’s time. “Pericles” is a thrilling adventure, a timeless romance, and a moving family drama. It’s a play that is full of contemporary resonances and that takes the audience from palaces to a brothel and from a combat tournament to a storm at sea.
“Pericles” will be performed July 11, 13, 19, 21, 25, and 27; and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be performed July 12, 14, 18, 20, 26, and 28. All shows begin at 6 p.m. and run a little over two hours, to end by sundown. Both general admission and reserved seating are available. To purchase tickets online or for more information, visit www.ithacashakespeare.org.
These performances are made possible by financial support from the Tompkins County Tourism Program and the New York State Council on the Arts.