Seven Days Celebrate William Shakespeare's 452st Birthday and World-wide observance of 400th Anniversary of Playwright-poet's Passing

The second annual WEEK OF WILL kicks off Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks' 12th season with seven days of live and online events in the spirit of the company's free outdoor events since 2005.

A tribute at Oakland's Shakespeare statue opens the week-long celebration on Sat, April 23, the day traditionally marking William Shakespeare's birthday. A celebratory cocktail hour, appearances by Mrs Shakespeare, a twitter chat, and online t-shirt design and trivia contests will engage Shakespeare fans of all ages. ​​

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks joins the worldwide observance of the playwright's death as Shakespeare passed away on his birthday. ​

PSIP’s ​Mid-Spring Revels, ​ a fundraising gathering ​to benefit the 12th ​ season​, ​ will be hosted by Franktuary in Lawrenceville on Thurs., April 28, offering its signature imaginative hot dogs, appetizers, sides, specialty beers and beverages from 5 to 7 pm with a portion of proceeds benefiting PSIP’s 12th season. Proceeds benefit the company's annual free admission Shakespeare production, The Comedy Of Errors, one of the Bard's popular comedies. ​​

"Franktuary is one of the many reasons we love Lawrenceville, including historic Arsenal Park where we'll again perform in September." says Jennifer Tober, PSIP Artistic Director "This is an excellent opportunity for our supporters and patrons to come out, eat delicious food, raise a glass with us, and support free Shakespeare in the Steel City."​​

The show's t-shirt will be created via an open design contest, announced this week. Designs for Comedy Of Errors shirts are due no later than Monday, April 25. Twitter followers can tweet with the show's director Chuck Biekert on Wed., April 27, 7-8 pm.​

WEEK OF WILL features:

  • ON SHAKESPEARE'S 452st BIRTHDAY, Sat., April 23, 1:30 pm: Shakespeare Statue Tribute, featuring Yvonne Hudson as Mrs Shakespeare, Carnegie Music Hall Statue, Forbes Ave., Oakland. ​
  • Bard Walk from Shakespeare Statue to Schenley Plaza Oval Tent for 2 pm. performance of Mrs Shakespeare, Will's First & Last Love by Yvonne Hudson, surprise guests, and birthday treats. Free admission.​
  • Trivia Contest on Facebook, Sun., April 24, with the most knowledgeable fans on PSIP social media winning the new season t-shirt.​
  • Shakespeare Slam, Mon., April 25, 7:30-9 pm, "Villainy Most Vile" - Readings and performances of Shakespeare's most villainous characters open to actors and non-actors alike. Kids welcome. Te Cafe, Squirrel Hill. Free admission. $10 suggest​ed​ donation appreciated. All funds to support Comedy of Errors production.
  • VOTE for your favorite Shakespearean Ruler, Tues, April 26. Social media fans rate kings, tyrants, and more all day with the winner announced at the end of PSIP’s own “Super Tuesday".
  • T​witter Chat with ​ Comedy of Errors show director Charles Beikert on Twitte​r @Pgh Shakespeare, Wed​.​ , April 27, 7-7:30 pm.
  • Mid-Spring Revels at Franktuary, Lawrenceville, Thurs., April 28, 5-7 pm, with Jennifer Tober and PSIP company members. Eat, drink and be merry to support PSIP's 12th season.
  • T-Shirt Design Winner Announcement online, Friday, April 29. Week of Will wraps up with news of the 2016 COMEDY OF ERRORS t-shirt, in the tradition of the company's popular "Bard in the 'Burgh" shirts--AS YINZ LIKE IT (2014) and BLOW WINDS 'N 'AT (2015). T-shirts will go on sale in May.

Events are free unless otherwise noted, with purchases required at Franktuary. Social hashtag for Week of Will 2016: #WOW16PGH


Announcing the 2016 Comedy of Errors T-Shirt Design Contest

  • Get your design featured on Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ official 2016 Comedy of Errors T-Shirt.
  • WINNER receives a *free t-shirt, and *feature on the PSIP Facebook page, *$1 for each of the first 50 tshirts sold, and *2 complimentary tickets to Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s July production of Kiss Me Kate.
  • DEADLINE is April 25, 2016; Winner announced Friday, April 29 as part of Week of Will celebration.
  • Send artwork to hmmeade@pittsburghshakespeare.org
  • Artwork should be submitted in PDF or JPG format, hi-res (at least 300 dpi), dimensions of 8.5x11 inches
  • Keep in mind that PSIP will include our logo on the t-shirt
  • Logos can be a Pittsburgh-eze play on a Comedy of Errors quote, a general PSIP/Shakespeare theme, or other fun Shakespeare quotes

About THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, September 2016

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS continues Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks' tradition of offering FREE performances in numerous city parks on four weekends on Saturdays and Sundays during September 2016. The company continues its second decade with its 12th season production, opening Sat., Sept. 3. THE COMEDY OF ERRORS is rollicking tale of two sets of identical twins separated at birth. Class distinctions and madcap confusion ensue as the twins travel and meet up with their look-alike siblings.

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks is in its 12th year of providing free Shakespeare in Pittsburgh city parks.

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Shakespeare Slam 2016 Season

Shakespeare Slam 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.

Shakespeare Slam takes place the last Monday of every month from February-May.

The 2016 Shakespeare Slam season includes:

Wooing Contest (February 29)
Shakespeare – With a Rubber Duckie (March 28)
Villainy Most Vile (April 25)
Cowboy Shakespeare (May 30)

Anyone interested in reading should contact BYOB@pittsburghshakespeare.com, 412.521.6406, or visit us on Facebook at Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks. All proceeds support FREE Shakespeare in the Steel City.

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Founding Artistic Director Jennifer Tober

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks celebrates 12 seasons of bringing FREE Shakespeare plays to the Steel City! All performances FREE to the public!

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks is the city’s only outdoor Shakespeare company and has been offering free productions in city parks since 2005. In 2013, PSIP’s Romeo & Juliet, directed by Helen M. Meade, played to over 1,000 patrons over four September weekends. Celebrating our 10th season in 2014, PSIP served up As You Like It, (reprising our inaugural 2005 production), featuring Artistic Director Jennifer Tober as Rosalind. Next up: The Comedy of Errors, playing free to the public in Pittsburgh city parks in September 2016.



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Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks' productions of Midsummer Night's Dream in 2006, Twelfth Night in 2008, Much Ado About Nothing in 2010, Merry Wives of Windsor in 2011, The Tempest in 2012, Romeo and Juliet in 2013, and As You Like It in 2014 were supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment of the Arts, a federal agency.

PSIP has also received support from the Fine Foundation and The Pittsburgh Foundation's Day of Giving program.