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Shakespeare in the Parks performs “Richard III.”

July 11, 2016

The performance is part of the theater troupe’s 61 community tour through Montana, northern Wyoming, eastern Idaho, western North Dakota and eastern Washington.

“Richard III” will fit right into what is already an active political year, reminding us how Shakespeare stays relevant even 400 years after his death,” Executive Artistic Director Kevin Asselin said.

The company features 10 professional actors selected from national auditions who tour without technical assistance to bring live theatre to mostly rural communities. This summer, 66 percent of the communities reached by the troupe have populations of 5,000 or fewer.

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is an outreach program of Montana State University’s College of Arts and Architecture. Performances this summer are supported by grants and corporate sponsorships as well as hundreds of individual donors.

Audiences are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner to the evening performance.

In the chance of inclement weather, the show will take place in in the Keltz Arena on the University of Montana Western campus.