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Kentucky Shakespeare Sets Dates for 2017 JULIUS CAESAR in the Parks Tour

Kentucky Shakespeare has announced the fourth annual SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS tour. Their 6-actor, 85-minute production of JULIUS CAESAR will tour to 23 area locations this spring, bringing free Shakespeare to local neighborhoods March 25-May 19, 2017.

"This is a historic step for us, serving this many locations in such a widespread reach in our community through the spring tour. We started with nine parks in 2014 and this spring we are thrilled to serve a record 23 neighborhoods in the Kentuckiana area," says Producing Artistic Director Matt Wallace. "This new adaptation of Shakespeare's political thriller is jam-packed with powerful issues that resonate in our world today." He added, "We thank the nineteen Louisville Metro Council members who've sponsored the performances in their districts, the Mayors of Lyndon, New Albany, Jeffersonville and Jeffersontown, White Clay, Humana, and other generous individuals who have helped us put together this special event for our community."

The production is directed by Wallace and features an ensemble cast of six professional actors. Robert Thompson plays the title role of Julius Caesar, with Dathan Hooper as Brutus, Alisha Espinosa as Portia, Neill Robertson as Cassius, Owen Kresse as Mark Antony, and Sabrina Spalding as Casca. All of the actors also play other multiple roles in the production. The production also features costumes by Donna Lawrence-Downs, sound design by Jon Becraft, and set constructed by Charles Nasby.

JULIUS CAESAR is one of the great tragedy themed plays by William Shakespeare. Julius Caesar is a highly ambitious political leader and his aim is to become dictator. Caesar is warned that he must "beware the Ides of March." The prophecy comes true and Caesar is assassinated due to the plotting of Brutus and Cassius. The friend of Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, provides the famous funeral oration ("Friends, Romans, and countrymen...") Brutus and Cassius meet their inevitable defeat which plunges the country into civil war.

Dates, Places and Times of the productions are as follows:

March 25, 2017 - 6:00PM

IBEW Local 369 Hall

4315 Preston Hwy #102, Louisville, KY 40213

Rain Space: Same

Sponsor: Councilman Dan Johnson, District 21

March 30, 2017 - 6:00PM

Parkhill Community Center

1703 S 13th St, Louisville, KY 40210

Rain Space: Same

Sponsor: Councilman David James, District 6

April 7, 2017 - 6:30PM

Bicentennial Park

118 E Spring St, New Albany, IN 47150

Rain Space: Silver Street Park

Sponsor: Jeff Gahan, Mayor, City of New Albany

April 8, 2017 - 6:00PM

Tyler Park

1501 Castlewood Ave. Louisville, KY 40204

Rain Space: Douglass Community Center

Sponsor: Councilman Brandon Coan, District 8

April 9, 2017 - 6:00PM

Robsion Park

Robsion Park Dr, Lyndon, KY 40222

Rain Space: Lyndon City Hall

Sponsor: City of Lyndon, Brent Hagan, Mayor

April 14, 2017 - 6:00PM

Sun Valley Park

6616 Ashby Ln, Louisville, KY 40272

Rain Space: Sun Valley Community Center

Sponsor: Councilwoman Cindi Fowler, District 14

April 15, 2017 - 1:00PM

Riverview Park

8202 Greenwood Rd, Louisville, KY 40258

Rain Space: Pleasure Ridge Park High School

Sponsor: Councilman Rick Blackwell, District 12

April 15, 2017 - 6:00PM

Emerson Park

1100 Sylvia St, Louisville, KY 40205

Rain Space: Shelby Traditional Academy

Sponsor: Councilman Pat Mulvihill, District 10

April 21, 2017 - 6:30PM

Veterans Memorial Park

10707 Taylorsville Rd, Jeffersontown, KY 40299

Rain Space: Jeffersontown Community Center

Sponsor: Mayor Bill Dieruf and the Jeffersontown City Council

April 23, 2017 - 1:00PM

Iroquois Park Amphitheater

2120 Rundill Rd, Louisville, KY 40214

Rain Space: Same

Sponsors: Councilwoman Vicky Aubrey Welch, District 13; Councilwoman Marianne Butler, District 15; Councilman Dan Johnson, District 21; Councilman David Yates, District 25

April 23, 2017 - 6:00PM

Shawnee Park

230 Southwestern Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40212

Rain Space: Same (Pavilion)

Sponsor: Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, District 5

April 25, 2017 - 4:00PM

Kentucky Center Steps

501 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202

Rain Space: Kentucky Center Lobby

Sponsor: Humana

April 27, 2017 - 6:00PM

Baxter Square Park

301 S 12th St., Louisville, KY 40203

Rain Space: Baxter Community Center

Sponsor: Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith, District 4

April 28 - 10:00AM

Russell Lee Park

701 Southern Ave, Louisville, KY 40211

Rain Space: Southwick Community Center

Sponsor: Councilwoman Jessica Green, District 1

April 28, 2017 - 6:00PM

Highview Park

201 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY 40228

Rain Space: Central Government Center

Councilman James Peden, District 23

April 29, 2017 - 1:00PM

Water Tower Park

3005 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40207

Rain Space: Water Tower

Sponsors: Councilwoman Angela Leet, District 7 and Councilman Bill Hollander, District 9

April 30, 2017 - 1:00PM

Broad Run Park - Parklands

11551 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40291

Rain Space: Same

Sponsor: Councilman Stuart Benson, District 20

April 30, 2017 - 6:00PM

Petersburg Park

5008 E Indian Trail, Louisville, KY 40218

Rain Space: Price Elementary

Sponsor: Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, District 2

May 7, 2017 - 1:00PM

Locust Grove

561 Blankenbaker Ln, Louisville, KY 40207

Rain Space: Same

Sponsor: Councilman Scott Reed, District 16

May 7, 2017 - 6:00PM

Hounz Lane Park

2300 Hounz Ln, Louisville, KY 40223

Rain Space: Westport Road Baptist Church

Sponsor: Councilman Glen Stuckel, District 17

May 12, 2017 - 6:30PM

New Albany Amphitheater

201 E Water Street, New Albany, IN 47150

Rain Space: Silver Street Park

Sponsor: Jeff Gahan, Mayor, City of New Albany

May 13, 2017 - 6:00PM

Story Avenue Park

1519 Story Ave, Louisville, KY 40206

Rain Space: Crescent Hill Methodist Church

Sponsor: Councilman Bill Hollander, District 9 and White Clay

May 19, 2017 - 7:00PM

Big Four Station Park

Big Four Pedestrian Bridge, Jeffersonville, IN 47130

Rain Space: Same

Sponsors: Mike Moore, Mayor, City of Jeffersonville; Jeffersonville Public Art Commission; Jeffersonville Main Street; Jeffersonville Arts Alliance

Kentucky Shakespeare presents the oldest free Shakespeare festival in the United States and is the largest, in-school arts education provider in the Commonwealth. Mission: Grounded in the works of Shakespeare, we enrich our community by presenting accessible, professional theatre experiences that educate, inspire, and entertain people of all ages. For more information about Kentucky Shakespeare visit

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