Staunton comes to McLean when the American Shakespeare Center performs three shows at The Alden
Direct from the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va., American Shakespeare Center (ASC) on Tour is coming to The Alden at the McLean Community Center (MCC) for three performances on Saturday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Oct. 27. Individual show tickets are $40 for the general public, $35 for seniors and $30 for MCC tax district residents. Patrons may purchase tickets to all three plays and an educational lecture, “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, for $110/$80 MCC tax district residents.
Since 1988, ASC on Tour has entertained audiences by offering three plays performed in repertory by the same troupe of actors and has earned its reputation as one of America’s most respected touring theater groups. ASC on Tour invites audiences to enjoy shows that are produced as Shakespeare’s company performed them—surrounded by audience members who share the same light with the actors, addressing asides to the audience and performing music contemporary to the time before the play and during intermission. This highly interactive style allows ASC on Tour to forge a sense of community between performers and audience rarely found in theater today and enables audiences to understand and enjoy these classic works.
The ASC Weekend at The Alden
Shakespeare’s “Imogen (Cymbeline)”
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m.; Doors open and live music starts at 1:30 p.m.
Princess Imogen is catapulted onto an epic journey when her father, King Cymbeline, banishes her soulmate. Featuring a band of tough-but-loveable woodsmen, an evil queen, noble battles and unexpected plot twists, this late Shakespearean play enchants audiences with a story about a powerful princess who will do anything for love. Running time: two hours.
Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Saturday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.; Doors open and live music starts at 7 p.m.
In “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” Shakespeare casts a theatrical spell powerful enough to make audiences of all ages believe in anything. This mischievous comedy of lovers, heroes, fairies and rude mechanicals is his tribute to humankind's power of imagination and reveals that the “course of true love” can alter with just one touch of magic. Running time: two hours.
John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath”
Sunday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m.; Doors open and live music starts at 1:30 p.m.
An Oklahoma drought during the Great Depression forces the Joad family to flee their home for the promise of a new life in California. Will hope prevail through the hardships and heartbreak? Steinbeck’s classic novel comes to life in this Tony Award-winning stage adaptation. Running time: two hours.
Tickets are on sale now! For more information visit: www.aldentheatre.org or call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711. For ADA accommodations, contact Patron Services Manager Evelyn Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 571-296-8385.