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AST’s 2012 Season Ends on Sunday!

We already closed an amazing run of Twelfth Night, and there are only two performances each left of Big River, Richard III, and The Tempest. These outstanding productions have been receiving rave reviews from audiences and critics alike.

Performances this week | June 24 – July 1

Performances this week | June 17 – 23

Performances this week | June 10 – 16

Synopsis: “Richard III”


“A WEAK AND PIPING TIME OF PEACE”  After years of brutal civil wars between the York and Lancaster families (known as the War of the Roses), the Yorkists now sit on the throne.  For the first time in decades, England is enjoying life free from war under King Edward IV.  

Synopsis: “The Tempest”


Twelve years ago, Prospera reigned as the undisputed Duke of Milan, but was more interested in books and learning than in ruling the city.  Her jealous brother, Antonio, took advantage of this distraction, and overthrew his sister with the help of Alonso, the king of Naples. 

Synopsis: “Big River”


With The Adventures of Tom Sawyer behind him, Huckleberry Finn settles into a “civilized” life with the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson in St. Petersburg, Missouri. However, the demanding expectations of the town prove too much for a reckless and adventuresome Huck.

Synopsis: “Twelfth Night”


Regarded as one of William Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, Twelfth Night or What You Will brilliantly unsettles many common notions regarding gender, class, and social order prevalent during Shakespeare’s time.

Performances this week | June 3 – 9

Journey Down “The Big Muddy”

The Mighty Mississippi

Since I was a kid, I always thought of the Mississippi River as magical.  I loved imagining the explorers making their way down the mighty Mississippi and “discovering” new lands and people.  My childhood reading of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, coupled with visits to Mud Island in Memphis, reinforced

Embarking on the 2012 Season

Tempest photo

Over the next several weeks, I will be posting about each of the plays in our upcoming summer season.  We’ll begin with the opening production—Tweflth Night. AST’s 2012 season was put together with the theme of journey in mind.  I suppose I had that theme on the brain after having just taken a journey myself—a

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