2016 Shakespeare at Winedale Season, UT History Center at Round Top, TX

Shakespeare at Winedale 46th Summer Season:  MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, ROMEO AND JULIET, and KING JOHN by William Shakespeare performed by the Shakespeare at Winedale Summer Class July 14 - August 7, 2016

Shakespeare at Winedale Theatre Barn, Winedale Historical Complex, Round Top, Texas

TICKETS:  $10 - General Admission; $5 - Student/UT ID Holders available at www.shakespeare-winedale.org or (512) 471-4726

 Click here for full summer schedule for Shakespeare at Winedale (.pdf)

Shakespeare at Winedale’s 2016 Summer Class takes the stage this July with performances of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, and for the first time in the organization’s 46-year history, King John. The season will open on Thursday, July 14th, and run through Sunday, August 7th. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm, with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission or $5 for students, as well as UT faculty and staff. Patrons can purchase tickets through the Shakespeare at Winedale website, www.shakespeare-winedale.org, or by calling (512) 471-4726.


The Shakespeare at Winedale program, housed in the College of Liberal Arts at UT, offers students a unique opportunity to explore Shakespeare’s rich and complex texts through the creative act of play. Established in 1970 as an undergraduate English course, Shakespeare at Winedale has grown into a year-round program reaching many different groups across the state and country. Students in the summer program spend two months living in the Texas countryside, studying and performing three plays in the nineteenth century barn that has been converted into an Elizabethan theatre.


“We are very excited to be presenting such a rich and diverse selection of plays this season,” said program director James Loehlin, the Shakespeare at Winedale Regents Professor of English. “They show the range of Shakespeare’s work, representing each of his major genres of comedy, tragedy, and history, but they all revolve around a powerful neutral concept: what it means to keep faith.”


Venture to fair Verona, where two households’ inexorable enmity is challenged by the unassailable love of their offspring. Romeo and Juliet explores whether the fate of the star-crossed lovers or the dangerous combination of youthful passion and family vendetta is responsible for these characters' tragic end.


Much Ado About Nothing brings us to Messina, recently at war, to illuminate the many semblances of love. In this play of love and honor, many dissemble and deceive.  From the wry and nimble wits of Beatrice and Benedick to the naive infatuation between Claudio and Hero, this timeless comedy will make you laugh, break your heart, and, when all is revealed, mend those broken pieces together again.


Hear swords clash and the questions that ring out in King John. What makes a king fit to rule? His right? His cunning? His resolve to do whatever it takes? His resolve not to? This unique, stand-alone history play seeks answers to these questions as King John confronts King Louis of France over the throne of England. After battles, family betrayals, interventions of the church, and two drowned armies, all who survive are left to contemplate what supremacy means in a world governed only by the rules of mortality.


Thursday, July 21st, is Fayette County Night; tickets for Fayette County residents are only $4 for that evening’s performance of Romeo and Juliet, and door prizes will be raffled off for free at the end of the performance. Our celebratory season finale and reception starts at 6:30pm on Saturday, August 6th, with tickets for $25, which includes the reception and the evening performance of Much Ado About Nothing.


For a full schedule of performances or more information about the Shakespeare at Winedale program, please visit our website: www.shakespeare-winedale.org or contact the Program Coordinator Liz Fisher at (512) 471-4726 or lfisher@austin.utexas.edu.