Prince George's Shakespeare in the Parks

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Enjoy free, entertaining, and accessible productions of the work of the greatest playwright of the English language at parks and arts centers throughout Prince George’s County! Each summer Prince George’s Shakespeare in the Parks tours a professional, family-friendly production of one of Shakespeare’s plays throughout the county, making great theatre available to everyone. Bring your lawn chair, kick back and enjoy a free performance for all ages in your favorite park! 

Shakespeare in the Parks Auditions for the 2023 Season

Auditions: Sun., Jan. 22, 2023, 10 am - 6 pm
Auditions Snow Date: Sun., Jan. 29, 2023, 10 am - 6 pm 

Shakespeare in the Parks Auditions 

Prince George’s Shakespeare in the Parks brings free, entertaining, and accessible productions of works by the greatest playwright of the English language to communities throughout Prince George’s County, and provides opportunities for county-based directors, designers, actors, and musicians to share their creativity and expertise with county residents of all ages. All acting positions are paid; performances are scheduled from June 25 - July 16, 2023, in open-air locations in Prince George’s County. Auditioned actors must be 18 years or older and should present a monologue from one of Shakespeare’s plays. Actors need not be county residents to audition. Auditions are by appointment only. 

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Registration deadline: Mon., Jan. 16, 2023, 5 pm. 

2023 Season Announcement Coming Soon

Enjoy free, entertaining, and accessible productions of the work of the greatest playwright of the English language at parks and arts centers throughout Prince George’s County! Each summer Prince George’s Shakespeare in the Parks tours a professional, family-friendly production of one of Shakespeare’s plays throughout the county, making great theatre available to everyone. Bring your lawn chair, kick back and enjoy a free performance for all ages in your favorite park!

2022 Prince George’s Shakespeare in the Parks: The Tragedy of Macbeth 

Join Prince George's Shakespeare in the Parks triumphant return, to a park near you, with our actionpacked production of Shakespeare's classic tragedy Macbeth. Inspired by the novel-turned-movie Gangs of New York, this 1850's interpretation features some of the region's best stage combat artists and seasoned actors. Paired with Shakespeare's iconic language, this fast paced 90-minute adaptation will leave audiences breathless. Bring your lawn chair, a picnic, and enjoy the Bard under the stars with Prince George's Shakespeare in the Parks! 

Sunday, July 10th at 3 pm, Fairwood Community Park  
Tuesday, July 12th at 6:30 pm, Brookside Gardens canceled due to thunderstorms
Thursday, July 14th at 7:30 pm, Watkins Regional Park
Friday, July 15th at 7:30 pm, Montpelier Mansion Grounds
Saturday, July 16th at 7:30 pm, Hillcrest Heights Community Center
Sunday, July 17th at 3:00 pm, Harmony Hall Art Center canceled due to technical issues
Wednesday, July 20th at 7:00 pm, Riversdale House Museum
Thursday, July 21st at 7:30 pm, David C. Driskell Community Park canceled due to extreme heat
Friday, July 22nd at 7:30 pm, Meadowside Nature Center
Sunday, July 24th at 3 pm, Prince George’s Publick Playhouse

Shakespeare in the Parks Audio Dramas:

Shakespeare in the Parks Audio Drama: A Christmas Carol

Step back in time to Victorian London for a magical tale of ghosts, a change of heart, and the true meaning of the holidays in Charles Dicken’s – A Christmas Carol. This timeless classic has been adapted by Christopher Dwyer into an audio drama. Listen in and be charmed by a much-loved holiday story vividly brought to life. Our FREE, family-friendly presentation, filled with music, captures the joy and delight of the season. Narrated by Lilian Oben, this performance includes appearances by award-winning actors Edward Gero as Jacob Marley and Matt McGee as Scrooge. Join us on a thoughtful journey, with well-known characters, in what is sure to be a comforting and safe holiday tradition. 

If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On! A Celebration of Music from Shakespeare in the Parks

Enjoy a musical feast of songs, scenes, and poetry from Shakespeare’s plays, performed by the actors and musicians who bring you Prince George’s Shakespeare in the Parks every summer. Put on your headphones and be swept away on a tide of romance and nostalgia. Imagine yourself in the Forest of Arden, while relaxing at home or sitting “ON” a picnic blanket in your favorite M-NCPPC park setting. Suddenly the scene shifts to a small Italian café, where a strolling guitarist sings the classic  “Una “NOTTE” a Napoli.” 

Shakespeare in the Parks Audio Drama: The Tempest. 

Have you ever imagined being shipwrecked on a lonely island? What if the air was full of whispering voices? Suddenly a mysterious fairy appears, who can control the wind and the waves while flying from one palm tree to the next! Prince George’s Shakespeare in the Parks presents The Tempest, one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Let your imagination soar as you listen to this audio drama, with magical music and exciting sound effects, and a love story between two young people who meet on the shores of the sparkling sea.

Are you teaching The Tempest in your classroom or in-home learning? Download our Education Guide to accompany the radio drama.

Shakespeare in the Parks Audio Drama: Macbeth: 

Shakespeare in the Parks 2020 is an exciting virtual experience! The Tragedy of Macbeth is presented as an hour-long audio drama set among the gangs of New York of the 1860s, a turbulent time during the American Civil War, with domestic unrest in the streets of the city. The classic story stays the same: the tragic hero Macbeth stumbles upon three witches in the sewers, who fill his head with the prophecy of being the "king hereafter." Murder, mayhem, and a grab for power consume the Macbeths, as they rise and fall during their short reign. Click the link and enjoy. Appropriate for middle school ages and above.

Are you teaching Macbeth in your classroom or in-home learning? Download our Education Guide to accompany the radio drama.

Production History

  • A Christmas Carol: A Radio Drama (2020)
  • Macbeth: Radio Drama (2020)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (2019)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (2018)
  • As You Like It (2017)
  • Twelfth Night (2016)
  • Romeo and Juliet (2015)
  • The Tempest (2014)