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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks to perform “Richard III” and “The Comedy of Errors” during summer tour

May 3, 2016 -- MSU News Service

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will perform “Richard III” and “The Comedy of Errors” during its summer tour throughout the mostly rural Northwest region, where many smaller communities have little access to such events. Photo by Nile Hawver.

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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will perform William Shakespeare’s “Richard III” and “The Comedy of Errors” during its upcoming summer tour of 61 communities throughout Montana, northern Wyoming, eastern Idaho, western North Dakota and eastern Washington.

The company features 10 professional actors selected from national auditions who tour without technical assistance to bring live theatre to mostly rural communities. This summer, 66 percent of the communities reached by the troupe have populations of 5,000 or fewer.

“We are very much looking forward to producing both plays this summer,” said Kevin Asselin, executive artistic director. “This will be the first time in MSIP’s 44-year history that we’ll bring “Richard III” to our stage. “Richard” will fit right into what is already an active political year, reminding us how Shakespeare stays relevant even 400 years after his death.  We are also excited to announce that this season will be dedicated to all of our hard working and dedicated tour coordinators from across the region!”

Asselin will direct “Richard III,” while Chris Duval, a University of Utah professor with many credits at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will direct “The Comedy of Errors,” which the company hasn’t performed since 2002.

All performances, with the exception of those at Bozeman’s Sweet Pea Festival, are free and open to the public. Audiences are encouraged to arrive early with chairs, blankets and picnics.

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is an outreach program of Montana State University’s College of Arts and Architecture. Grants, corporate sponsorships and hundreds of individual donors support the free performances.

Major sponsors include the National Endowment for the Arts: Artworks, The Gilhousen Family Foundation, The Gianforte Family Foundation, Pheasant Farms, Subaru of America, Spectec: Thunderbird International Corporation, Montana Arts Council, Community First Fund of Montana, Barnard Construction, NorthWestern Energy, D.A. Davidson and Company, KBZK, the MSU Alumni Foundation, and Yellowstone Public Radio.

For more information on the plays and a complete tour schedule, visit the company’s website: The full tour schedule is also listed below.

2016 Tour Schedule

June 15, Wednesday, Bozeman, Richard III, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 16, Thursday, Bozeman, Richard III, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 17, Friday, Bozeman, Richard III, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 18, Saturday, Bozeman, Richard III, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 22, Wednesday, Bozeman, The Comedy of Errors, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 23, Thursday, Bozeman, The Comedy of Errors, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 24, Friday, Bozeman, The Comedy of Errors, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 25, Saturday, Bozeman, The Comedy of Errors, 8 p.m., MSU Grove
June 27, Monday, Hobson/Utica, Richard III, 6:30 p.m., Utica Women’s Clubhouse Lawn
June 28, Tuesday, Lewistown, The Comedy of Errors, 6:30 p.m., Pine Meadows Golf Course
June 29, Wednesday, Conrad, The Comedy of Errors, 6:30 p.m., Conrad City Park
June 30, Thursday, Malta, Richard III, 6:30 p.m., Court House Lawn

July 1, Friday, Wolf Point, Richard III, 6:30 p.m., Faith Home Park
July 2, Saturday, Beach, ND, Richard III, 6:30 p.m., Beach Swimming Pool Park
July 3, Sunday, Ekalaka, Richard III, 6:30 p.m., Nursing Home Lawn
July 5, Tuesday, Miles City, The Comedy of Errors, 6:30 p.m., Pumping Plant Park
July 6, Wednesday, Glendive, The Comedy of Errors, 7 p.m., Makoshika Park Amphitheater
July 7, Thursday, Sidney, Richard III, 6 p.m., Veteran’s Memorial Pavilion
July 8, Friday, Forsyth, Richard III, 6 p.m., Rosebud County Courthouse Lawn
July 9, Saturday, Birney, Richard III, 6:30 p.m., Poker Jim Butte
July 10, Sunday, Sheridan, WY, The Comedy of Errors, 6:30 p.m., Kendrick Park Band Shell
July 11, Monday, Chico Hot Springs, Pray, The Comedy of Errors, 6 p.m., Chico Main Lawn
July 12, Tuesday, Roundup, The Comedy of Errors, 6 p.m., Roundup City Park
July 13, Wednesday, Absarokee, The Comedy of Errors, 6:30 p.m., Fishtail Family Park
July 15, Friday, Red Lodge, Richard III, 6:30 p.m., Lions Park
July 16, Saturday, Silver Gate-Cooke City, Richard III, 6:30 p.m., Silver Gate Park
July 17, Sunday, Gardiner, The Comedy of Errors, 6 p.m., High School Football Field
July 18, Monday, Powell, WY, The Comedy of Errors, 6:30 p.m., Washington Park
July 19, Tuesday, Cody, WY, Richard III, 6:30 p.m., Canal Park
July 20, Wednesday, Worland, WY, The Comedy of Errors, 6 p.m., Sanders Park
July 21, Thursday, Billings, Richard III, 6 p.m., Pioneer Park
July 22, Friday, Billings, The Comedy of Errors, 6 p.m., Pioneer Park
July 23, Saturday, Hardin, Richard III, 6 p.m. South Park
July 24, Sunday, Big Timber, The Comedy of Errors, 6:30 p.m., Lions Club Park
July 25, Monday, Dillon, Richard III, 6:30 p.m., Jaycee Park
July 26, Tuesday, Thayne, WY, The Comedy of Errors, 6:30 p.m., Community Center Lawn
July 27, Wednesday, Driggs, ID, The Comedy of Errors, 6:30 p.m., Driggs City Center Plaza (60 S Main)
July 28, Thursday, Pocatello, ID, The Comedy of Errors, 6:30 p.m., ISU Quad
July 29, Friday, Pocatello, ID, Richard III, 6:30 p.m., ISU Quad
July 30, Saturday, West Yellowstone, The Comedy of Errors, 6 p.m., West Yellowstone School Football Field
July 31, Sunday, Townsend, Richard III, 6 p.m., Heritage Park

Aug. 1, Monday, Laurel, The Comedy of Errors, 6 p.m., Laurel Practice Football Field
Aug. 2, Tuesday, Boulder, Richard III, 6:30 p.m., Fairgrounds
Aug. 3, Wednesday, Cut Bank, The Comedy of Errors, 6 p.m., Cut Bank City Park
Aug. 4, Thursday, Fort Benton, Richard III, 6 p.m., Ft. Benton City Park
Aug. 5, Friday, Sweet Pea Festival, Bozeman, The Comedy of Errors, 4 p.m., The Hollow at Lindley Park
*Admission is charged to attend the Sweet Pea Festival
Aug. 7, Sunday, Sweet Pea Festival, Bozeman, Richard III, 5 p.m., The Hollow at Lindley Park
*Admission is charged to attend the Sweet Pea Festival
Aug. 8, Monday, Helena, The Comedy of Errors, 6 p.m., Pioneer Park
Aug. 9, Tuesday, Helena, Richard III, 6 p.m., Pioneer Park
Aug. 10, Wednesday, Hamilton, The Comedy of Errors, 6 p.m., Sapphire Lutheran Homes
Aug. 11, Thursday, Salmon, ID, The Comedy of Errors, 6 p.m., Sacajawea Center Amphitheater
Aug. 12, Friday, Anaconda, The Comedy of Errors, 6 p.m., Washoe Park
Aug. 13, Saturday, Philipsburg, Richard III, 6 p.m., Winninghoff Park
Aug. 14, Sunday,  Charlo, The Comedy of Errors, 6 p.m., Palmer Park
Aug. 15, Monday, Deer Lodge, Richard III, 6 p.m., Old Prison Grounds
Aug. 16, Tuesday, Superior, The Comedy of Errors, 6 p.m., Mineral County Fairgrounds
Aug. 17, Wednesday, Plains, Richard III, 6 p.m., Sanders County Fairgrounds
Aug. 18, Thursday, Trout Creek, The Comedy of Errors, 6 p.m., Trout Creek Park
Aug. 19, Friday, Spokane, WA, Richard III, 5:30 p.m., Lilac Meadow Riverfront Park
Aug. 20, Saturday, Liberty Lake, WA, The Comedy of Errors, 5 p.m., Pavilion Park
Aug. 21, Sunday, Sandpoint, ID, Richard III, 6 p.m., Bonner County Fairgrounds
Aug. 22, Monday, Libby, Richard III, 6 p.m., Elementary Amphitheater 
Aug. 23, Tuesday, Eureka, The Comedy of Errors, 6 p.m., Historical Village
Aug. 24, Wednesday, Kalispell, Richard III, 6 p.m., Flathead Valley Community College
Thursday, August 25 – OFF
Aug. 26, Friday, Seeley Lake, Richard III, 6 p.m., Double Arrow Lodge Grounds
Aug. 27, Saturday, Great Falls, Richard III, 6 p.m., University of GF Campus
Aug. 28, Sunday, Great Falls, The Comedy of Errors, 6 p.m., University of GF Campus
Aug. 29, Monday, Missoula, Richard III, 6 p.m., The Oval at University of Montana
Aug. 30, Tuesday, Missoula, The Comedy of Errors, 6 p.m., The Oval at University of Montana
Aug. 31, Wednesday, Whitehall, Richard III, 6 p.m., 206 Yellowstone Rd

Sept. 1, Thursday, Butte, The Comedy of Errors, 6 p.m., Original Mine Yard
Sept. 2, Friday, Big Sky, The Comedy of Errors, 5:30 p.m., Town Center Park
Sept. 3, Saturday, Livingston, The Comedy of Errors, 6 p.m., Shane Center Parking Lot
Sept. 4, Sunday, Bozeman, Richard III, 3:30 p.m., MSU Family & Graduate Housing Lawn
Sept. 5, Monday, Belgrade, The Comedy of Errors, 3:30 p.m., Lewis & Clark Park
Sept. 6, Tuesday, Manhattan, Richard III, 6 p.m., Altenbrand Park

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