Free Shakespeare in the park shows to start Friday

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Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green kicks off its 23rd season with a youth production of "The Taming of the Shrew" this Friday. Image courtesy Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green.
Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green kicks off its 23rd season with a youth production of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ on Friday. Image courtesy Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green.

The Bard is back.

Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green is getting set to kick off its 23rd season of delivering free live productions to the Port City.

In association with the City of Wilmington, Cape Fear Shakespeare offers play performances each weekend–and some weeknights–beginning Friday and continuing through June at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. each night, and all shows begin at 8 p.m.

The season officially gets underway with Cape Fear Youth Company’s adapted version of Shakespeare’s comedic “The Taming of the Shrew.”

“Great care has been given to preserve and maintain the original story and Shakespearean dialogue. However, certain liberties have been taken to create and interpret the play through the eyes of our youth, educationally and artistically,” according to a release from the organization.

“The Taming of the Shrew” runs Friday through Sunday and continues Monday, June 8, through Thursday, June 11, and Tuesday, June 16, through Thursday, June 18.

Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green will also present one of Shakespeare’s “problem” (not quite a comedy, not quite a tragedy) plays, “All’s Well That Ends Well,” Fridays through Sundays beginning June 5.