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June 23, 2016
Shakespeare Performance

White Bear Lake, MN – It’s time to enjoy Shakespeare as The Bard intended—outdoors.

The 41st season of Shakespeare & Company, Minnesota’s longest-running outdoor classical repertory theatre, begins Saturday, June 25 at Century College and runs through July 31. This year’s productions are A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, and The Learned Ladies.

All performances are held at Century College’s Outdoor Theatre on the West Campus, 3300 Century Ave. N., White Bear Lake. (Please bring your own lawn chair or blanket, snacks and beverages.) Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and free for children under 12. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 pm, and Sundays at 6 pm. Tickets are available at the ticket booth prior to the performance.

For information, please call 651-779-5818 or visit

Starting June 25, enjoy the following plays:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, directed by Ann Frances Gregg.  Full of madcap chases and magic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a humdinger of a play. Shakespeare’s most popular comedy is ­led with many capricious, lusty love to the love of family, of art, of work. Four hotsy-totsy young lovers are on the lam from the high-hats’ world of rules. Along the way, madness ensues when the lovers’ paths cross with the king and queen of the fairies, a company of (not very good) actors, and one very impish sprite named Puck. Performances are June 25, June 26, July 2, July 15, July 23 and July 31.

The Tempest by William Shakespeare, directed by George M. Roesler. The Tempest probably was written in 1610–1611, and was fi­rst performed at Court by the King’s Men (Shakespeare’s Company) in the fall of 1611. It was performed again at the indoor Blackfriars Theatre in the winter of 1612–1613 during the festivities in celebration of the marriage of King James’s daughter Elizabeth. The Tempest is most likely the last play written entirely by Shakespeare and it is remarkable for being one of only two plays by Shakespeare (the other being Love’s Labor’s Lost) whose plot is entirely original. Our production is gender neutral with several of the male characters being played by women, including the main character of Prospero, whom we refer to as Prospera. Performances are July 1, July 3, July 9, July 17, July 22 and July 30.

The Learned by Moliere, directed by Jeff Altier. One of the main themes found throughout the works of Moliere is the idea of a house thrown into chaos (usually by the husband/father) who falls under the spell of a fraud. What makes The Learned Ladies so fun is how he twists the story by making the women of the house be the ones who are duped. This was one of Moliere’s most popular plays, and the writing is particularly sharp and fun—with both witty conversations and lower base fun. The characters of the women are especially interesting and have more depth than just a shrewish wife or daughter. The complexity of The Learned Ladies makes each one unique and interesting, and in my opinion it is Moliere at his very best. Performances are July 8, July 10, July 16, July 24 and July 29.

Shakespeare & Company 41st Season                          

Sat          6/25       A Midsummer Night’s Dream   
Sun        6/26       A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Fri           7/1         The Tempest    
Sat          7/2         A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Sun        7/3         The Tempest
Fri           7/8         The Learned Ladies        
Sat          7/9         The Tempest
Sun        7/10       The Learned Ladies
Fri           7/15       A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Sat          7/16       The Learned Ladies
Sun        7/17       The Tempest
Fri           7/22       The Tempest
Sat          7/23       A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Sun        7/24       The Learned Ladies
Fri           7/29       The Learned Ladies
Sat          7/30       The Tempest
Sun        7/31       A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Century College is located in White Bear Lake, MN and is one of the largest two-year community and technical college in Minnesota. Century College is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Century College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.