William Shakespeare

(Poster design courtesy Actors Theatre of Missouri)

Springfield Shakespeare at the Columns, in partnership with Actors Theatre of Missouri, Rice Theatricals, and The Dangerous Playground, presents William Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" in the auditorium at the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive adjacent to Phelps Grove Park.  This is a rare opportunity for local theatergoers to see an early, lesser-known Shakespeare work—his first tragic play, in fact.

(Poster design courtesy Missouri State University Theatre and Dance)

Missouri State University Theatre and Dance will present Shakespeare's whimsical comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream Nov.12-14 in Craig Hall Coger Theater.  Associate Professor Sarah J. Wiggin directs the production, which celebrates the chaotic, confusing, irrational, but ultimately magical and irresistible, nature of romantic love. She calls it "a story of lovers fleeing a situation of required marriage, and going into the woods.  And as is pretty standard for a lot of fairy tales (and other stories), the woods are a place of magic and chaos...