Image from How Shakespeare Won the West

"I wanted to kick off the season with something that is a celebration of ambition, that has a strong exuberant quality, and that celebrates the art form of theatre. It's an honor to be premiering a new work of Richard Nelson's." – Peter DuBois

A ragtag troupe of actors heads West during the Gold Rush, seeking fortune and fame performing Shakespeare for enthusiastic ‘49ers. But with stiff competition, romantic entanglements, and an Indian Chief who sees himself in King Lear, their ambitious cross-country adventure is complicated by the teeming challenges and glories of the new American frontier.

Embracing the greatest elements of Shakespearean comedy and American vaudeville, this jubilant celebration of the human spirit is by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Richard Nelson (James Joyce’s The Dead and Two Shakespearean Actors).

"Nelson is arguably the most thoughtful and prolific of America's playwrights." – Newsday

Approximate Running Time: 1 hour and 35 minutes


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