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Going solo in summer: Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival selling single-show tickets

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
In its 33rd year, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival will offer individual tickets for its upcoming 2024 summer season starting Monday, Feb. 12.

UPPER SAUCON TWP., Pa. — Enjoy some Shakespeare solo.

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival announced it will offer individual tickets for its upcoming 2024 summer season.

The festival runs May 29 through Aug. 4 at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales University, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley.

Tickets will be available to purchase online at pashakespeare.org; in-person; or by calling the box office at 610-282-9455 starting Monday, Feb. 12.

33 years of Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Festival is in its 33rd season.

Under the artistic direction of Jason King Jones and the managing direction of Casey William Gallagher, this year's theme is "Persistence of Love."

"Last season was a mosaic of beauty, joy, and heart as we explored ‘Brave New Worlds,’" Jones said in a news release. "This summer, we’ll focus on the countless ways love is manifested in our lives, from Celie's devotion to her family in 'The Color Purple' to Imogen's forbidden romance in 'Cymbeline.'

Whether for family, community, a partner, or an idea, love persists in all the stories we'll examine this summer."

Along with the Bard's classic works, 2024 will showcase a new hit comedy collaboration, two award-winning musicals, and two children's theater productions.

“This season is an invitation for everyone in the Valley and beyond to enjoy some great stories performed by exceptional artists,” Jones said. “We encourage everyone to join us for an unforgettable summer.”

The performances

“Play On!” Community Tour: The Comedy of Errors
When: May 31 to June 16
Where: Various locations in the Lehigh Valley
Directed by Jessica Bedford

The Play That Goes Wrong
When: May 29 to June 16
Where: Main Stage, 2755 Station Ave.
By Henry Lewis, Henry Shields and Jonathan Sayer
Directed by Jennifer Childs

The Merry Wives of Windsor, by William Shakespeare
When: June 26 to July 7
Where: Main Stage, 2755 Station Ave.
Directed by Matt Pfeiffer

The Color Purple
When: July 17 to Aug. 4
Where: Main Stage, 2755 Station Ave.
Based on the book by Marsha Norman. Music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray and directed by Amina Robinson.

The Last Five Years
When: June 12 to June 30
Where: Schubert Theatrej, 2755 Station Ave.
Written and composed by Jason Robert Brown and directed by Jason King Jones.

Shakespeare's Cymbeline
When: July 24 to August 4
Where: Schubert Theatre, 2755 Station Ave.

For kids, families

Winnie-the-Pooh & Friends
When: July 5 to Aug. 2
Where: Schubert Theatre, 2755 Station Ave.
Adapted by Jason King Jones and directed by Jenna Place

Shakespeare for Kids (S4K) presents Twelfth Night
When: July 24 to Aug. 3
Where: Main Stage, 2755 Station Ave.
By Erin Sheffield, directed by Matt Pfeiffer

Shakespeare for kids, S4K, mini tour
When and where: Allentown Public Library (1210 Hamilton St., Allentown) on July 26; Lower Macungie Library (3450 Brookside Road) on July 27; Bucks Country Library (150 S. Pine St., Doylestown); and Hellertown Area Library (409 Constitution Avenue, Hellertown) on Aug 1.

Go to pashakespeare.org for the most current schedule and information.