Shakespeare Center Celebrates 25 Years


STAUNTON -- For 25 years...celebrating Shakespeare, right here in the valley. The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton is kicking off its 25th season.

The group performs plays under the same staging conditions that Shakespeare used in Elizabethan times.

Jim Warren is the co-founder and artistic director. He says stripping the plays down allows them to "uncover the essence" of what Shakespeare was actually writing.

"The idea that you need special technical lights and revolves and smoke machines and electricity, things that take electricity.... You can do great plays with that, but these plays weren't written for that," he said.

The American Shakespeare Center performs at the Blackfriar's Playhouse in downtown Staunton. It's the only re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor theater in the world.


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