Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Offering Live, Outdoor Productions

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) will present Crazy Love!, an entertaining double-bill of two different evenings of classic comedy comprised of two short, outdoor productions in early August 2020. The performances will alternate between Verily, Madly Thine, a delightful cornucopia of Shakespeare’s wittiest and silliest love scenes, and a mini double-bill featuring Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Aria de Capo, a whimsical commedia gem, and a new translation of Molière’s hilarious farce, The Love Doctor. Company member AC Horton will direct Verily, Madly Thine, and Bonnie J. Monte, STNJ’s Artistic Director, will direct both the Millay and Molière.

2020 marks Ms. Monte’s 30th season with the company. Performances will take place at the “Back Yard Stage” on the great lawn of the Theatre’s Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory in Florham Park, NJ. Social distancing will be in place, and masks are required of all audience members, staff and volunteers. STNJ’s Shrewd Mechanicals company of eight non-Equity actors, all of whom have been isolated together in company housing since the pandemic began, will perform both shows.

In a recent letter to patrons, company members and volunteers, Ms. Monte stated

“We are one of the first companies to be bringing live theatre back to life. Given the restraints that the pandemic has placed on all of our lives and our normal activities, this little announcement feels monumental, ground-breaking and thrilling – and under the circumstances, it kind of is — certainly for us, and we hope for you too!”

All tickets are $20, with up to five people able to be seated within a prescribed eight-foot diameter “pod.” Each pod will be six feet apart in order to maintain proper social distance. For more information about the productions, please visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

Performance Schedule:
Thursday, July 30 @ 7 pm Aria Da Capo/ The Love Doctor 
Saturday, August [email protected] 7 pm Verily, Madly Thine
Sunday, August 2 @ 4:30 pm Aria Da Capo/ The Love Doctor 
Sunday, August 2 @ 7 pm Verily, Madly Thine
Thursday, August 6 @ 7 pm Verily, Madly Thine
Saturday, August 8 @ 7 pm Aria Da Capo/ The Love Doctor 
Sunday, August 9 @ 4:30 pm Verily, Madly Thine
Sunday, August 9 @ 7 pm Aria Da Capo/ The Love Doctor 

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