Attend the 2022 Nashville Summer Shakespeare Festival

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To go or not to go — is that even a question? The 34th annual Summer Shakespeare Festival is back — Thurs., Aug. 18-Sun., Sept. 18 at The Yard at oneC1TY. Hamlet once said, “Brevity is the soul of wit.” So, without further ado, let’s shake up your summer with how to attend this year’s festival.

Two productions, two playwrights

👑 Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline”
The famous work directed by Leah Lowe runs Thurs., Aug. 18-Sun., Sept. 11. The tragicomedy’s main theme is morality + loyalty. The play focuses on King Cymbeline’s daughter, whose journey to clear her name of infidelity becomes entangled with getting caught up as a page for the Roman Army — which was set to invade Britain. The play stars Jamie Herb (Imogen), Steven Young (Cymbeline), and Andrew Johnson (Cloten).

💎 August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean”
This adaptation directed by Chuck Smith kicks off Thurs., Aug. 25 and closes the curtain Fri., Sept. 9. The drama set in Pittsburgh’s Hill District is based on the theme of spiritual turmoil and follows 285-year-old Aunt Esther’s gift of healing as she guides Citizen Barlow to the City of Bones. The play stars Jarvis Bynum (Citizen Barlow), Jackie Welch (Aunt Esther), and Pierre Johnson (Solly).

Save the date

View the plays Thursdays-Sundays at oneC1TY (8 City Blvd.) with pre-show performances beginning at 6 p.m. before the play begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:15 p.m., so arrive early for themed cocktails + food truck fare.

Both plays have special performances at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center (112 Everbright Ave., Franklin) — “Gem of the Ocean” taking place Thurs., Sept. 15-Fri., Sept. 16 + “Cymbeline” set for Sat., Sept. 17-Sun., Sept. 18.

How to watch

  • Free: Bring your own blanket or chair (a $10 donation is suggested)
  • $40: A Noble Seat is a reserved chair in the second or third row
  • $100: The VIP Royal Package includes reserved parking, gourmet picnic dinner + seating in the first or second row

Pro tip: oneC1TY offers free parking in the underground garage beneath the building housing Pastaria and Sump Coffee.

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