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SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: ‘ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL’

  • Michael Redmond as Parolles and Russ Warshaw as the First Lord at a rehearsal for Actors’ Circle Theatre “All’s Well that Ends Well” coming to Depot Park in Peterborough the first two weekends of August. Courtesy Photo

  • Actors' Circle Theatre plans to perform "All's Well that Ends Well" in Depot Park in Peterborough the first two weekends of August, 2018, as part of their annual Shakespeare in the Park. Courtesy Photo—

  • Actors' Circle Theatre plans to perform "All's Well that Ends Well" in Depot Park in Peterborough the first two weekends of August, 2018, as part of their annual Shakespeare in the Park. Courtesy Photo—

  • Actors' Circle Theatre plans to perform "All's Well that Ends Well" in Depot Park in Peterborough the first two weekends of August, 2018, as part of their annual Shakespeare in the Park. Courtesy Photo—

  • Actors' Circle Theatre plans to perform "All's Well that Ends Well" in Depot Park in Peterborough the first two weekends of August, 2018, as part of their annual Shakespeare in the Park. Courtesy Photo—


Thursday, August 02, 2018 3:13PM
What: “All’s Well that Ends Well”When: Aug. 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 5 p.m.Where: Depot ParkRain location: Bass Hall, 19 Grove St., Peterborough Cost: freeInformation: www.actorscircletheatre.org

Actor’s Circle Theatre’s 2018 annual Shakespeare in the Park offering, “All’s Well That Ends Well,” opens the first two weekends in August at Depot Square Park in Peterborough.

“These two weekends are our steadfast tradition!” ACT managing director Rob Koch said. “This year‘s official dates are August 4, 5, 11 and 12, 5 p.m. all shows, and Chris McCartie is back as our director. As always, we offer it free to the public. Our audiences and casts continue to grow, and we’re grateful and happy for the opportunity to offer the Bard’s works year after year in Depot Square.”

Director Chris McCartie said although he has seen many enjoyable productions of “All’s Well that Ends Well” it seems to be one of the Bard’s less frequently performed plays.

“Its serious themes, such as class prejudice, unrequited love, and loss, are set alongside some very silly comedy. At its heart is the story of a smart, strong woman using all of her resources to get what she wants. Helena is in love with Bertram, who by reason of social position— and temperament—is seemingly unobtainable. In a sort of twisted fairy tale, Helena, with some help from her dead father, a fatally ill queen, and a young woman willing to risk her reputation to help a new friend, plots to win the man of her dreams,” MacCartie said. “The misadventures of the inexperienced and naive Bertram, and his bombastic fraud of a mentor, Parolles, as they leave the court of France to serve as soldiers in Italy, serve as a comic subplot to Helena’s quest. In adapting the work for our production, I eliminated the character of Lavatch, a cynical court jester, whose jokes and re fer  ences would simply not  be rele vant to a modern audience. I have also set the play in the early 1960s, both to give it a different look from the more traditional show we did last year, and because I am inspired by the music from that era, which is well-suited to the action of the play.”

Producer Mia Moravis said, “Our cast members are seasoned actors who are returning ACT players, and we are thrilled to welcome Susan Ericson-West and Russ Warshaw as new cast members this year.”

McCartie adds, “All of this is not to be missed, come the first two weekends in August!”

“All’s Well That Ends Well” stars Wendy Almeida, Bryan Hebert, Sarah Katka, Heather McCormack, Michael Redmond, Peter Eisenstadter, Alexis McCormack, Brenda Fox Tree, Susie Ericson-West, Carin Torp, Mia Moravis, Alana Korda, Russ Warshaw, Chris McCartie and Hank Parkhurst. The show is adapted and directed by McCartie, produced by Moravis, costumes by McCartie and Mia Moravis and sound by McCartie​​​​​​.