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Rain or shineBy Trevor J. Adams | Apr 27, 2011
After offering theatre al fresco in Point Pleasant Park since 1994, Shakespeare by the Sea is no longer slave to the weather. This month, the seasonal theatre company launches its indoor space. “We really wanted a space where we could stage productions when the weather isn’t good, so visitors from out of town—who may have a limited time—can still experience it,” explains Elizabeth Murphy, artistic director.
It’s an intimate venue, located in the company’s building at the entrance to the park. It can host about 90 guests. “It’s a modular performance space, you can set it up for almost any sort of performance. We’re hoping other companies will also want to rent it, and it will fill a need that way.”
Haligonians are getting their first look at the space with the season-launching production The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), running May 3 to 22. From July 1 to September 4, the company moves back outside to the park’s Cambridge Battery (when weather permits) for Measure for Measure, The Comedy of Errors and Robin Hood. The season concludes back indoors in October with Dracula.
It’s the busiest season in the company’s history. “I guess it is a big year,” Murphy says. “I didn’t really think about it that way. We’re just excited and hoping to start the ball rolling to bigger things.”