Shakespeare In Clark Park Returns To West Philadelphia With Coriolanus

An outdoor playhouse returns to the Spruce Hill neighborhood with this all-female production...

West Philadelphia’s verdant Clark Park becomes an outdoor playhouse for five nights this week as Shakespeare in Clark Park returns for its annual series of al fresco performances.

Pack a picnic and bring a blanket or a beach chair to enjoy a lavish all-female production of Shakespeare’s timely political drama Coriolanus from July 26-30.

Cries of protest and battle fill the night air in this story of revenge and unrest. Though the play takes place in the ancient Roman Republic, the issues of people power and military heroism remain as relevant as ever.

Shakespeare in Clark Park
(Photo courtesy Shakespeare in Clark Park)
Shakespeare in Clark Park draws hundreds of people to the park for free performances of Shakespeare’s famous works.

Director Kittson O’Neill’s contemporary twist — casting women in every role — brings a new perspective to the aggressive masculinity of Shakespeare’s warring characters, and Barrymore Award-winner Charlotte Northeast stars as the title character. Professional players perform alongside a chorus of 50 local community members, ages eight to 80, who play Rome’s enraged common people.

There’s no charge for the shows, although donations are accepted. Performances start at 7 p.m., but we’d recommend coming early — some performances attract up to 1,000 people to the natural amphitheater.

In case of nasty weather, performances will move indoors to the Harold Prince Theater at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at 3680 Walnut Street.

Shakespeare in Clark Park: Coriolanus

When:July 26-30, 7 p.m.
Where:Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Avenue



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