Join Harris County Precinct 4 and The Bard himself for a full weekend of food, games, and live Shakespeare theater Saturday, April 13, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Burroughs Park, 9738 Hufsmith Road in Tomball.
Precinct 4 will present performances of Two Gentlemen of Verona on Friday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 13, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m.
One of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, Two Gentlemen of Verona features plenty of romance, comedy, and action, as best friends Valentine and Proteus leave their hometown of Verona for Milan. When they both fall in love with the same woman, Proteus betrays Valentine, leading to an epic showdown in the forest. A band of outlaws and a disguised maiden intent on winning back her lost love add to the thrills. Don’t miss this lively rendition under the pavilion at Burroughs Park.
“This festival celebrating the work of the world’s most famous playwright is one of my favorite community events,” said Commissioner R. Jack Cagle. “I invite everyone to attend this fun-filled festival and enjoy a family-friendly version of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona.”
Returning to the festival this year is David Born as Shakespeare. Born has played Shakespeare for the past 17 years as both a stage and character actor and has appeared in more than 12 of Shakespeare’s plays. Attendees will be able to visit with Shakespeare and take photos as he roams the park. A photo booth with costumes will also be available.
Festival-goers can also enjoy performances by comedian and entertainer Jim Mackenzie, who specializes in juggling, sword swallowing, whip cracking, rope and pole walking, unicycling, music looping, straight jacket escape, and more.
Shakespeare-era attire is encouraged. Theater-style seating will be available under the covered pavilion at Burroughs Park on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees are invited to bring their own refreshments or purchase items from food trucks during the festival.
Established in 2013, Precinct 4’s Shakespeare in the Shade presentations are part of Commissioner Cagle’s educational and recreational commitment to Harris County residents.