Summer Shakespeare season takes "smart" approach

Author: Arts and Letters


Theater enthusiasts will enjoy a multitude of opportunities to share in the talents of a troupe of the finest professional Shakespearean actors this summer at the University of Notre Dame.

Now in its eighth year, the 2007 season of Summer Shakespeare at Notre Dame, titled “A Season of Smart Men and Smarter Women,” will showcase the University’s professional theater in residence with events to educate, engage and entertain audiences and participants July 21 through Sept. 2.

Highlighted by a mainstage performance of the warm and witty Shakespearean comedy “Love’s Labor’s Lost,” this year’s schedule also includes the return of “ShakeScenes,” a collection of short scenes taken from the works of Shakespeare and performed by local community members, and high school and grade school students. It also will feature performances of Moliere’s “The Learned Ladies,” presented outdoors by the Young Company, featuring students from Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College.

Information on tickets, which go on sale July 2, is available on the Web at or by calling the DeBartolo Center ticket office at 574-631-2800. For more on Summer Shakespeare, visit on the Web or call 574-631-BARD (2273).

Dates and locations for key events are as follows:

  • ShakeScenes – July 21 and 22, Washington Hall (free and open to the public)
  • *"The Learned Ladies" * – July 22 to Aug. 27, various park locations in Michiana (free and open to the public)
  • “Love’s Labor’s Lost” – Aug. 21 to Sept. 2 , Decio Theatre, DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts (ticket prices range from $12 to $35)

One of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies, “Love’s Labor’s Lost” tells the romantic tale of four young nobles who fall in love with four thoroughly modern women, despite having vowed to dedicate themselves only to their studies under the rule of the King of Navarre. The performance is directed by Jay Paul Skelton, Ryan Producing Artistic Director of Summer Shakespeare, in his mainstage debut.

Summer Shakespeare is one component of Shakespeare at Notre Dame, a program that also includes the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies and Actors From The London Stage, an international touring theater troupe based at Notre Dame. The mission of Shakespeare at Notre Dame is to establish the University nationally and internationally as a center for the study of Shakespeare in performance.

Contact: Jay Paul Skelton, producing artistic director, Summer Shakespeare, 574-631-BARD (2273),

Originally published by Julie Hail Flory at on June 14, 2007.