Founding Artistic Director Jennifer Tober One touch of nature makes the whole world we bring Shakespeare to friends everywhere...

Dear Friends,

For Cymbeline, directed by Jeff Chips, we have unexpected, but new adventures for our 16th season. As the recent spikes in COVID-19 cases made it clear that presenting virtually is the safe option, PSIP next begins online rehearsals for our innovative production. Follow us for details of how we will bring our 16th season production to audiences everywhere during September.

It’s wonderfully comforting that Shakespeare’s timeless words can bring us together and speak to our pain, our isolation, our fear during this incredibly difficult time. We can share the joy of experiencing each other’s company, talent, and laughter in our online artistic community. And look to the future, when we will be able to gather in person in our city parks again!

We depend on your generous support in this difficult time. We won't stop getting free Shakespeare out to the public - online at the moment and in public when it is safe - and we cannot do it without you! Thank you in sharing in our mission of providing free, excellent and exciting theatre for all.

When I take walks in Frick Park, I am reminded of September - when we gather together to enjoy our exciting, dynamic productions of Shakespeare's plays in our beautiful city parks. Now, as we prepare to gather online, join us for Cymbeline as we mark our 16th season!

With gratitude,

Jennifer Tober
Founder and Artistic Director
Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks

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Jeffrey ChipsCymbeline

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks stages Cymbeline, Shakespeare's fairy tale, for PSIP's 16th season.

The drama is set in ancient Britain and is based on legends surrounding the early Celtic king, Cunobeline.

Jeffrey Chips will direct the production. Jeff previously staged King Lear for PSIP (2015) and has acted in several productions.

Lisa Leibering returns to PSIP as production designer.

Watch for our online previews of Cymbeline!

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Founding Artistic Director Jennifer Tober

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks has been producing free public performances of Shakespeare’s works in the Pittsburgh city parks since 2005. In 2018, PSIP presented our first all-female cast production—Julius Caesar—during 8 performances to rousing critical and audience acclaim. Collaborations with leading cultural and education entities have included University of Pittsburgh Honors College, presenting a performance of our The Comedy of Errors at Pymatuning State Park in 2016. We also inaugurated an ongoing collaboration with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, providing 2 private student matinees of The Comedy of Errors for a total of 5 public schools and 1 homeschooling group, as well as performing selected scenes as part of The Trust’s Gallery Crawl event. The Trust invited PSIP to develop and perform an original compilation, Supernatural Shakespeare, for student and Gallery Crawl audiences in 2017.

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Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks' productions are supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Additional support from:

  • The Fine Foundation
  • The McKinney Charitable Foundation through the PNC Charitable Trust Grant Review Committee
  • Fidelity Charitable Trusts, The Seamon Fund
  • Vanguard Charitable Trust
  • Opportunity Fund

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks celebrates 16 seasons of bringing FREE Shakespeare plays to the Steel City!

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