In a sure sign that summer is coming, Shakespeare Theatre has announced the production and dates for this year's Shakespeare Free For All. The early summer tradition offers quality theater under the stars at the Carter Barron Amphitheater, and lots of people arrive early to picnic on the park's lawn before the show. This year's play, running from May 25-June 4, is "Pericles," an infrequently-performed Shakespeare production that Post theater critic Peter Marks hailed as "an evening of bewitching ingenuity and bountiful surprise."
The free tickets will be distributed at three locations -- The Washington Post, Carter Barron Amphitheater and the Shakespeare Theatre -- on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the performance. Each person can take up to four tickets.
If you'd prefer not to leave your tickets to chance (or an early morning wait), you can volunteer at the show and receive complimentary dinner and reserved seating. Call 202-547-3230, Ext. 2308 for more information.
"Pericles," written late in Shakespeare's career, is a far-fetched tale about an honorable prince who flees a death sentence, loses his wife, endures multiple shipwrecks and ends up happy. With a delicious picnic from Teaism, Balducci's or your favorite take-out place, free Shakespeare and a spot outside on a warm night, you should end up happy, too.
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