Learn more about one of our most popular summer offerings, our Preface and Preface Plus series!
Summer in the Education department is a time when we turn our focus away from primarily serving student groups and towards programming for patrons of all ages. One of our most popular summer offerings is our Preface and Preface Plus series.
Want to find out why there is nothing new or “revisionist” about Maid Marion dressing as a man and having a fight with Robin Hood? Itching to understand just exactly how the feud between Oberon and Titania is responsible for the discord among the youth of Athens and their parents in A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Need a quick run-down of the backstory before grabbing a rare opportunity to enjoy a live production of Cymbeline? Come to the Preface, have a fun and engaging half hour, and walk out a more prepared theatre-goer. No need to be part of a group; Prefaces are open to individual ticket buyers.
From June 18th through Labor Day there is a 30 minute session every night at 5:30 called a Preface. We share the history, background and main characters of whichever play is performing that night on the Elizabethan Stage. On Thursdays at noon we expand the Preface into a 45-60 minute Preface Plus. These more in-depth sessions focus on a show that is playing that day in one of our indoor theatres. It might be the Bowmer matinee of Two Trains Running one week, and the evening performance of The Liquid Plain in the Thomas Theatre the next. Check the Festival Noon brochure or check with the box office for the Thursday Preface Plus schedule.
Remember, Prefaces Plus is only once a week, but the 5:30 Preface for that night’s show on the Elizabethan Stage happens every single night (okay, except July 4th) from June 18th through Labor Day.