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    NPT is proud to announce its third annual New Players Theater Festival at Mill Run Amphitheater. This year’s Festival is entitled “The Rowdy Ones”, and will feature Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and Henry IV, Part One in repertory from June 20 to July 28.

    The 2013 Festival kicks off with the Bard’s politically incorrect classic comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Jocelyn Wiebe. Shakespeare’s hottest couple, Petruchio and Kate, will have you grinning, gawking and groaning as they go at it in this stylish 1960s take on the battle of the sexes. As Petruchio, NPT company founder Tim Browning brings his signature swagger to the stage, countered by the formidable talents of NPT newcomer Amanda Cawthorne as the sexy and sharp-tongued Kate. With the whirlwind comedic energy that NPT brought to Scapin, and the Bard’s litany of vintage Elizabethan burns, this promises to be anything but “tame”.

    Next, NPT takes on its most challenging adventure yet, when they tackle Shakespeare’s greatest history play, Henry IV, Part One. NPT favorite David Tull plays Prince Hal, the boozing, brawling Prince of Wales torn between his duty to his father the king, and to Falstaff (veteran Shakespearean actor John Tener), his partner in unparalleled debauchery. You’ll be enthralled by this intimate coming of age story, directed by one of Columbus’ most respected actor/directors, Robert Behrens and set against the epic backdrop of a kingdom at war with itself. Can the royal family’s original bad boy get his act together in time to unite his country before it’s torn apart by vicious infighting that would put today’s politicians to shame?

    For cast lists and specific dates for each show, please visit the show pages: The Taming of the Shrew, Henry IV, Part One. For more general information, visit the Festival page.

    Admission to all performances is Pay-What-You-Will upon arrival. Premium Reserved seats will also be available for purchase in advance of performances. The 2013 Festival will take place Thursdays through Sundays from June 20 through July 28. All performances are at 8pm. Parking is free at the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church at Mill Run (3500 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026).

    This year, the Festival is excited to bring in some of Columbus’ hottest food trucks like Cheesy Truck, Blu Olive, Red Snapper and more to provide tasty complements to your own picnic items. And as an added bonus, NPT will have a beer garden set up the weekends of June 27-30 and July 11-14, serving up frosty beverages to slake your thirst.

    Ready to plan your trip to the Island? Get all the information you need here!


    Rehearsals are underway now. We can’t wait to kick the Festival into high gear!

    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans

    The Taming of the Shrew is part of the 2013 New Players Theater Festival, The Rowdy Ones, running June 20 – July 28. It is playing in repertory with Henry IV, Part One. Performance dates for this show are June 20-23, 30 and July 6-7 11-12 and 19-21.

    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans

    Henry IV, Part One is part of the 2013 New Players Theater Festival, The Rowdy Ones, running June 20 – July 28. It is playing in repertory with The Taming of the Shrew. Performance dates for this show are June 27-29 and July 5, 13-14, 18, and 25-28.



    Theatre Review: Taming of the Shrew a relic of times past but a fun show
    Published on July 1, 2013 11:00 am
    By: Lisa Much

    Summer is mostly in the air, which means New Players Theater’s 2013 Festival is in full swing. The festival occurs on The Island, an intimate space behind a church in Hilliard and features two Shakespearean plays in rep. Cautionary word, if you’ve never attended a NPT Festival before, locating the venue may become challenging, but the effort in finding it to see the sixties, slap-stick rendition of The Taming of the Shrew seems worth it.

    READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/theatre-review-taming-of-the-shrew-a-relic-of-times-past-but-a-fun-show


    Well, fans, you can’t say the wretched Ohio weather never brought about any good in your life:

    Due to weather and cancellations earlier in the summer, we are extending the Festival by one weekend. We’ve added one more performance of HENRY on Thursday, August 1st; and two more performances of SHREW on Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd. For those of you who missed SHREW, you’re in luck!

    As an added bonus, we’ve discounted our Premium Reserved seating by 25%. All Adirondacks are now $15, and can be purchased at this link[/url].

    Spread the word and make your end-of-Festival plans now. This weekend, it’s all HENRY; next weekend is 1 more HENRY and 2 more SHREWs. See you on the Island!

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