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Rogue Valley Shakespeare Company announces production of Shakespeare in the Park

As the Bard (or John Fletcher) might have said, “Of all the valleys I think a thief is best.”

The Rogue Valley Shakespeare Company, which was founded last year, has announced that it will present its production of Dream of a summer night June 3 to June 17 at Reinhart Volunteer Park in Grants Pass.

“We are thrilled to bring this cultural offering to our community, following the traditions of so many vibrant communities across the country where Shakespeare in the Park is part of the annual cultural fabric,” said Annie Sabel, Founding Producer of RVSC, in a press release.

Dream of a summer night will be directed by Sabel’s husband, Steven Sabel, who is the company’s artistic director and has directed 24 different Shakespearean plays. He plans to use the park’s natural greenery as part of the production’s set.

“I am thrilled to work with this tremendous collection of artists as a company to tell this delightful story outdoors under the stars,” he said.

RVSC’s Shakespeare in the Park productions are intended to be annual flagship events for the company. However, the Sabels are preparing many additional non-Shakespeare productions, including plays by Chekhov, Molière, Henrik Ibsen and Oscar Wilde.

Before moving to Oregon in 2019, Annie Sabel was a founder and studio/theatre director at the Archway Theater Company in Los Angeles. During the pandemic, she served as executive director of Barnstormers Theater in Grants Pass.

“It has been a pleasure to work with the local theater community through such difficult times, witnessing the strength and determination of local artists to persevere in their craft,” she said.

Dream of a summer night will bring Sabel back to familiar territory. A specialist in classical theatre, she has co-produced, directed and acted in productions of As You Like It, Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Trojan Women, Antigone and Medea.

“It will be great to go back to my roots with Rogue Valley Shakespeare Company,” said Sabel. “There are so many great masterpieces filled with rich characters and compelling stories to share with audiences.”

Seating places on the lawn for Dream of a summer night are currently on sale here for $60 (each space can accommodate up to four people).

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