Shelter from the storm

In the wake of the blood and guts of Titus Andronicus, the Montford Park Players close out the 2016 summer season at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater with some decidedly lighter productions. All performances take place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. and are free.

Beginning Friday, Aug. 5, and closing Saturday, Aug. 27, is William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. The comedy of mistaken identities, manipulation and double-crossings will be directed by Scott Keel. An hour before the performances on Aug. 19-21, students from The Montford Moppets summer program will present their work. Previous iterations of the camp have seen the young actors learn, rehearse and perform such Shakespeare plays as Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night and Othello. Under the direction of Jeff Catanese, this year’s participants will create a show of their own based on some of Shakespeare’s greatest scenes.

The Players’ final production, before moving indoors for its “off-season” at the Asheville Masonic Temple, is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, written for the stage by local playwright Gregory Roberts-Gassler. The timeless story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy is being directed by Dusty McKellen and runs Friday, Sept. 2, through Saturday, Sept. 24.

About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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