The Original Practice Shakespeare Festival will bring the bard’s works to parks in North and Northeast Portland in June, July and August. And, the actors will use the free-wheeling performance style that was common in Elizabethan England.
That means the actors will have limited rehearsal, cue scripts, an onstage prompter and they will welcome audience interaction, according to a news release from the organization.
“As they say, it’s improv-ish,” according to the website. “While the actors have memorized their parts, they never read the full play so the action and narrative may surprise them, too.”
Each actor carries a small scroll containing his or her lines. The scrolls are a “safety net” since players are interacting with one another for the first time. And, the festival organizers say, they encourage “the audience to boo – or cheer – depending on their reaction to a player’s performance.”
So, grab a blanket to sit on the grass at Kenton Park, North Delaware Avenue and Argyle Street, to see a free performance of “The Tempest” from 1-3 p.m. June 25.
Irving Park, Northeast Seventh Avenue and Fremont Street, will be the site of performances of “Julius Caesar” from 2-4 p.m. July 22; “Much Ado About Nothing” from 2-4 p.m. July 23; “The Tempest” from 7-9 p.m. July 23 and “Macbeth” from 7-9 p.m. July 28.
Other performances are scheduled in Cathedral Park, North Pittsburgh Avenue and Edison Street, and Laurelhurst Park, Southeast Caesar Chavez Boulevard and Stark Street. The full schedule is available at www.opsfest.org/tour-calendar.