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Our shows provide the perfect venue for children to experience Shakespeare. Watch a little, quietly exit to play in the park a little, return to watch a little more — your child is able to curate their own experience based on how much of the show they are prepared to absorb. This year, for the first time, at every show we will provide an optional kids’ supplement to the program (coloring pages, wordsearch/scramble, and mad libs).

Victorious Caesar desires the Crown. Not everyone agrees. How does rebellion threaten a democracy? The lines between loyalty and power blur as Rome's leaders consider the consequences of conspiracy and war.

Celebrating our 15th anniversary season, PITTSBURGH SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS stages our first all-female with JULIUS CAESAR.

Sept. 7, 8, 28, 29 - Opening and closing weekends in Frick Park, Beechwood Blvd. and Nicholson St., Squirrel Hill (map). Enter at Blue Slide Playground, 2500 block of Beechwood and follow the signs to the show.

The opening performance on Sat., Sept. 7 is part of the annual Britsburgh Festival, celebrating British culture and heritage.

Sept. 14, 15 - Highland Park, across from the Super Playground, Reservoir Drive (map).

Sept. 21, 22 - Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville, 40th St. between Penn Ave. and Butler St (map). Enter from Penn or 40th.

All performances begin at 2 pm. Arrive by 1:30 to get a spot and hear the story of the play presented by Alan Irvine.

Pre-Show Schedule

9/7 at 1:50pm A special tribute for PSIP’s 15th season
9/14-15, 21-22, 28-29 at 1pm Acting Workshop, Tonya Lynn & Sarah Carleton
9/8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 at 1:50pm Alan Irvine Storytelling

Children will receive a kids program with activities related to the play (also available from our blog).

Admission is FREE. Donations of $15 in advance or any amount at performances to support free Shakespeare in Pittsburgh city parks are encouraged. DONATE NOW! $15 for 15 years!

Audience members are encouraged to bring folding chairs or blankets and a picnic. Friendly dogs are also welcome.

Performances are rain or shine. In the event of dangerous weather, the website and social media will make relevant announcements.

Run time: approximately 90 minutes with no intermission

Review: "All-female 'Julius Caesar' makes a noble stand in Pittsburgh city parks" in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Preview: "All-Female 'Julius Caesar' Pittsburgh Production Delivers Timeless Political Insights" from WESA

Preview: "Women Take the Power (and the Stage)" in Pittsburgh Magazine

Read the program book (PDF) and see our blog for our Parents’ and Kids’ Guide and Illustrated Synopsis.

Following PSIP’s first and hugely successful history HENRY V in 2016, JULIUS CAESAR is the 14th Shakespeare play to be produced by the group founded in 2005 by Jennifer Tober, artistic director.

The all-female cast of JULIUS CAESAR is led by four actors who bring extensive experience in interpreting classics to their roles.

Irene Alby of Morgantown, West Virginia, appears in the title role of Caesar. Three Pittsburgh actors fill the other leading roles. Harper York portrays Marc Antony, Caesar’s likely successor. Shammen McCune* portrays Brutus and Lisa Ann Goldsmith* is seen as Cassius, his co-conspirator in a plot to remove Caesar.
*McCune and Goldsmith appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Ensemble members appearing in multiple roles are:

Gretchen Breslawski, Sarah Carleton, Kristin Conrad, Melissa Franklin, Kalee George, and Jessica Pierson-Turner.

Elena Alexandratros, stage director

Lisa Liebering, production designer

Tonya Lynn, production fight choreographer

JULIUS CAESAR is presented with support from The Fine Foundation, among others.

PSIP Photos by Catherine Aceto. Alexandatros photo: Rick Lewis. Alby photo: Jeffrey Hornstein. Goldstein photo: Becky Thurner Braddock.

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Preshow workshop: “How An Actor Prepares”

For kids—and adults—of all ages! The final three weekends, Sat and Sun, at 1 pm. Participants should arrive by 12:45. Free, donations accepted.

Have you ever wondered how actors “do what they do”? What happens backstage before the curtain rises? Join teaching artists Tonya Lynn and Sarah Carleton as they lead participants through a brief vocal and physical performer warm-up, do text work and physicalization of language on the famous Brutus and Cassius argument scene, and check out how PSIP sets up our ‘stage’ and how fight call is run.

Meet the players and artistic staff of JULIUS CAESAR, board members, special guests, and other PSIP artists that make it all happen! Space is limited to the first 50 tickets sold. Early bird tickets may be purchased for $45 per person through Monday, September 16. Tickets are priced at $60 as of Tuesday, September 17 until capacity is reached. All proceeds benefit Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks and benefit our 15th-anniversary production of JULIUS CAESAR.

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Bring Your Own Bard, the Shakespeare reading series

Bring Your Own Bard will resume in January 2020.

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 September 2016 we celebrated our 12th season of shows with 8 public performances of The Comedy of Errors, playing to over 1800 patrons that included people from surrounding counties and states as well as local community members. We had the pleasure of collaborating with the University of Pittsburgh Honors College to present a performance at Pymatuning State Park. And we 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.

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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