STRATFORD, Conn. — The Hudson Shakespeare Company of New Jersey is returning to the Stratford Library to stage three plays for its 11th annual season of classic productions.
The performances of the three plays begins June 25 at the Stratford Library, 2203 Main St.
Performed outside in the library’s scenic amphitheater, the three fully staged and costumed performances are free and open to the public.
The historical cycle of plays selected this year begins with Shakespeare’s great drama “Richard II” on Saturday, June 25 ,at 2 pm. More cult leader than king, Richard II rules his kingdom without any regard for his subjects except for those sycophants who he personally chooses for his inner circle. While Richard lords over his country with reckless abandon, the seeds of civil war are sown as the recently banished Henry Bolingbroke returns to England to claim an inheritance taken from him by Richard.
Hudson Shakespeare Company, now in its 25th season of traveling Shakespeare, continues its history cycle in July with “Edward III” on July 30. The little-seen drama tells the story of Richard’s grandfather and father, Ned, the Black Prince. Shakespeare wrote several scenes in the play that has been recently added to his Complete Works.
The company will finish its silver season with “Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2”, combining both plays into one two- hour showing on Aug. 27.
At the Stratford Library, Hudson Shakespeare performances are held outside and patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to spread. In the event of inclement weather or extreme heat, the play will move inside to the air-conditioned Lovell Room.
For further information call the Library at 203.385.4162 or visit: www.stratfordlibrary.org .