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Bring Your Own Bard, the Shakespeare reading series

Shakespearian monologues and scenes read by, well, anyone.

Whether you are a seasoned actor or an energetic neophyte, whether you have a polished favorite or a monologue you are currently working on, all are welcome to perform their favorite Shakespearian verse in an informal and fun evening celebrating the Bard’s most famous and most obscure works.

Come with a reading prepared, or choose a monologue from those brought along by host Alan Irvine, or just sit back and enjoy.

BYOB is Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ informal scene night in which professional actors and non-actors alike take a crack at their favorite Shakespeare pieces in a light-hearted evening of fun.

WHERE: Te Café, 2000 Murray Ave. (at Beacon Ave) in Squirrel Hill.

WHEN: Doors open at 7:00 PM, readings begin at 7:30 PM. Suggested $10 donation at the door.

WHY: BYOB. For those who really want to read Shakespeare out loud and not worry about feeling foolish.

WHO: All ages and levels of experience welcome to read or listen. Kids are welcome. Beverages and light fare available for purchase.

All proceeds benefit PSIP’s Fall 2019 free production.

Bring Your Own Bard takes place the last Monday of every month from January-May.

February 25: Shakespeare Games (Cowboy Shakespeare, Shakespeare with a Rubber Duck, Shakespeare games) and monologues that usually get cut, selections from the poems, etc.)
March 25: Shakespeare's Oddities selections from the more obscure plays.
April 29: Shakespeare's Partners in Crime (focusing on pairs of characters - like twins, etc.)
May 27: Preview of the September show scenes.

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Founding Artistic Director Jennifer Tober

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks has been producing free public performances of Shakespeare’s works in the Pittsburgh city parks since 2005. In September 2016 we celebrated our 12th season of shows with 8 public performances of The Comedy of Errors, playing to over 1800 patrons that included people from surrounding counties and states as well as local community members. We had the pleasure of collaborating with the University of Pittsburgh Honors College to present a performance at Pymatuning State Park. And we inaugurated an ongoing collaboration with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, providing 2 private student matinees of The Comedy of Errors for a total of 5 public schools and 1 homeschooling group, as well as performing selected scenes as part of The Trust’s Gallery Crawl event.

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Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks' productions are supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Additional support from:

  • The Fine Foundation
  • The McKinney Charitable Foundation through the PNC Charitable Trust Grant Review Committee
  • Fidelity Charitable Trusts, The Seamon Fund
  • Vanguard Charitable Trust
  • Opportunity Fund