EAST HANOVER, NJ — The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has announced live in-person performances. The theater group will be reopening their Back Yard Stage in Florham Park, an outdoor venue that will accommodate COVID safety precautions, said the group.

Shakespeare’s perennial favorite, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the very timely Julius Caesar will be performed in 70-minute long, abridged versions — perfect for both young audiences and adults. On both Saturday, April 24 and on Sunday, April 25, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will perform at 11a.m. and later in the afternoon, at 2 p.m. on each of those days, Julius Caesar will hit the stage.

Both productions are part of STNJ’s “Short Shakespeare” series, presented for audiences each spring. There are rain dates reserved for the following week, and public performances are also scheduled for May 1 and 2, again with Midsummer performing at 11a.m. and Julius Caesar at 2 p.m.

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These “Short Shakespeare” performances are an annual favorite for STNJ audiences, and the chance to experience live theatre again is an added bonus. Tickets are on sale through the STNJ Box Office, at 973-408-5600. Tickets are only $20 for adults and children under 17 can attend for free.

“Nothing says spring quite like the return to vibrant outdoor productions, and what better play for this time of year than the Bard’s raucous and funny A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” said Brian B. Crowe, Director of Education at STNJ. “We are thrilled to be part of Axelrod’s “Bard at Bell Works” festival and to also present performances for families in our picturesque Back Yard Stage conveniently located in Florham Park.

 

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