NASHVILLE, TN – July 17, 2019 – After 30 years of “Shakespeare in the Park” performances at the bandshell in Centennial Park, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival will relocate its Summer Shakespeare productions to oneC1TY, a vibrant mixed-use development. This year’s plays are “The Tempest” and “Pericles” playing Aug. 15-Sept. 22.
“The Tempest,” a romantic comedy for all ages, plays 7 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday; and “Pericles,” Shakespeare’s fantastical odyssey, an apprentice company show directed by Laramie Hearn playing 7 p.m. Fridays and 9:30 p.m. Labor Day Sunday. “The Tempest” plays an encore weekend Sept. 26-29 at Academy Park Performing Arts Center in Franklin.
Shows begin at 6 p.m. with food trucks, the pre-show concert series, and free “Talking Shakespeare” guest lectures.
Located less than a half mile away from Centennial Park, oneC1TY is a wellness-focused community that includes commercial, residential, and recreational space just off the 28th-31st Avenue connector and Charlotte Avenue in Nashville’s Midtown District. The location is home to popular food and drink spots like Pastaria, Avo, The Sandbar, Koko’s Ice Cream, and Sump Coffee. There is convenient access to public transportation, and the site is fully accessible. The stage, also called the Pavilion, houses the largest 3-D printed structure in the world and is situated in The Yard, a green space on the east side of the complex. oneC1TY offers easier, more abundant parking in a three-level garage, improved restrooms, increased food and beverage options, and plenty of blanket and lawn chair space, as well as bleacher seating. Popular food trucks will also be on site.
Set designer Andy Bleiler, costume designer Lynda Cameron-Bayer, and props designer Patricia Convertino will create the plays’ magical worlds. Rollie Mains will compose an original score for “The Tempest,” Jodie O’Regan will compose for “Pericles,” and Tosha Pendergrast will be dance choreographer for both shows.
This is a family-friendly festival, and dogs on a leash are welcome. While the festival is always free, a $10 donation is strongly encouraged to help provide the best outdoor theatre experience in Nashville. This year there will also be reserved “Noble” seating available for $30. Royal Packages, which include VIP parking, comfortable reserved seating, and dinner catered by Pastaria, are $75 and support educational outreach programming.
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s programs are funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and Metro Arts.
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