MADISON, N.J.: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has announced its 2019 season, featuring five productions.
“We are so excited to bring these theatrical treasures to our audience and we’re especially pleased to be kicking the 2019 season off in high style with Ken Ludwig’s thrilling, funny swashbuckler,” said artistic director Bonnie J. Monte in a statement. “His The Three Musketeers is a wonderful new take on Dumas’ classic novel. Each and every one of this year’s shows will appeal to people of all ages and from every walk of life!”
The season opens with Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers (begins June 12), a retelling of the classic tale that follows the story of a country boy and his sister as they embark on daring adventures with the Musketeers. Rick Sordelet will direct.
Next up will be Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) (begins July 3), by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor. This anthology of Shakespeare spoofs, fit for young patrons, will be presented on an outdoor stage on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth. Brian B. Crowe will direct.
Following will be N. Richard Nash’s The Rainmaker (begins July 31), about a young woman in rural America longing for love. Monte will direct.
The season will continue with Shakespeare’s As You Like It (begins Sept. 11), a romantic comedy about Rosalind, who flees persecution in her uncle’s court and finds love in the Forest of Arden. Paul Mullins will direct.
Next will be Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (begins Oct. 16), directed by Ian Belknap.
The season will conclude with A Christmas Carol (begins Dec. 4), adapted by Neil Bartlett from Charles Dickens. The holiday favorite will feature a small ensemble playing multiple roles, and will be directed by Brian B. Crowe.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, founded in 1963, is a professional theatre producing classic works located on the campus of Drew University.