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Shakespeare performance to return to Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
Shakespeare performance to return to Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN, Ark. — This summer, all of the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute’s front lawn will be a stage.

On Saturday, June 20, the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre will enact an outdoor performance of As You Like It at the Institute. The performance, which will be free and open to the public, will include the full plot of As You Like It abridged into a family-friendly version. While outdoor chairs will be set up at the Institute for the upcoming event, onlookers will also be able to utilize blanket space on the lawn depending on their preferences. The River Rock Grill will provide food for purchase.

“The 2014 performance of A Comedy of Errors was a big success,” said Dr. Marta Loyd, executive director of the Institute. “We are proud to offer such an exceptional experience to the residents of Petit Jean Mountain, Morrilton and the rest of the Arkansas River valley.”

As You Like It is one of the four Shakespearean plays that the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre is performing in its June 2015 lineup. Living up to its reputation, the play involves humor, brotherly contention, action, romance and even four eventual marriages.

The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, which has been featured in the New York Times, is no stranger to the Institute after the success of last year’s packed performance. It claims the title of the only professional Shakespeare company in Arkansas. Located in Conway, the theatre serves to both educate and entertain in its high-quality performances.

“Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre is thrilled to partner again with the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute to bring our one-hour adaptation of As You Like It to Petit Jean Mountain,” said Mary Ruth Marotte, executive director of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. “The gorgeous grounds of the Institute provide the perfect backdrop to present this fun-filled romp through the forest of Arden. As You Like It is one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious comedies and will delight audiences of all ages.”

In the case of rain, the performance will be held in the Institute’s Show Barn Hall. Tickets can be reserved through the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute by visiting www.rockefellerinstitute.org/shakespeare. For more information, contact Payton Christenberry at 501-727-6255 or pchristenberry@uawri.org.       

 

About the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

In 2005, the University of Arkansas System established the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute with a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust. By integrating the resources and expertise of the University of Arkansas System with the legacy and ideas of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, this educational institute and conference center creates an atmosphere where collaboration and change can thrive.

The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute offers a variety of workshops, seminars, public lectures, conferences and special events. To learn more, call 501-727-5435, visit the website at www.rockefellerinstitute.org, or stay connected through Twitter and Facebook.

About the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre

            The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre is the state’s only professional Shakespeare company and is proud to make its home on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas. Each summer, AST offers full productions of a range of Shakespeare’s works, as well as other plays and musicals that help fulfill AST’s mission to entertain, engage and enrich the community.

            In 2013, AST will present Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merchant of Venice and our family Shakespeare adaptation of As You Like It, as well as the musical Fiddler on the Roof. Performances begin Thursday, June 4, and go through Sunday, June 28. For more information, visit www.arkshakes.com