2024 OPS Fest - Original Practice Shakespeare

Sunday, July 28, 2024 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

This event repeats every 2 weeks on Friday.

OPS FEST - First Folio editions of Shakespeare's plays include all the cues an actor needs to perform their role without rehearsal. This allows the truest reaction to the story as it progresses. OPS Fest performs using the same techniques as they did in Shakespeare's own time, which means limited rehearsal, an onstage prompter, fast paced, energetic acting, and lots of audience interaction. This lends a much more immediate, organic, and improvisational feel.

Sunday, July 28 at 7pm 
Roehr Park 

Twelfe Night or What You Will: Orsino loves Olivia (unrequitedly). Twins, Viola and Sebastian, are shipwrecked. Viola cross-dresses, works for Orsino, and Olivia falls in love with her/him. Olivia's uncle and friends trick Malvolio into thinking Olivia loves him. Olivia (confused) marries Sebastian. Twins reunite, Malvolio's gulling and Viola's gender are revealed, Orsino proposes to Viola.

Friday, August 9 at 7pm
Lower George Rogers Park 

The Tragedie of Romeo and Juliet: The Capulets and Montagues hate one another. Romeo (Montague) sneaks into a Capulet party and meets Juliet (Capulet). They marry in secret. Juliet's cousin challenges Romeo. Romeo kills them and is banished. Juliet fakes death. Romeo doesn't realize, takes poison, and dies beside the "body." Juliet wakes and commits suicide by dagger.

Photo by David Mackintosh