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Friends of Free For All
The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Free For All is a much-loved Washington tradition, offering free performances of a Shakespearean classic to the general public. Every Free For All, costs STC nearly $700,000 to present., but with the support of hundreds of generous Friends, STC has brought world-class Shakespeare productions free of charge to more than 650,000 area residents since its inception.
When you become a Friend of Free For All, you not only play a critical role in ensuring the continuation of this time-honored D.C. tradition, you also receive wonderful benefits at every level.
Friends of Free For All Levels and Benefits
To guarantee that we can mail tickets to your home, please make your reservation by July 27.
*Due to the popularity of the Friends program and the limited number of seats, all dates are subject to availability. We will make every effort to honor your first choice of date.
**Due to printing timelines, only gifts received before July 27 can be recognized in the Free For All program.
Friends of Free For All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Free For All is not possible without our generous friends like you. For more information, contact Donor Services at 202.547.1122, option 7 or SupportSTC@ShakespeareTheatre.org.
Since the 1993-1994 Season, the Shakespeare Theatre Company has staged more 70 plays as part of its ReDiscovery Series. Now in its 18th year, the ReDiscovery Series has investigated many rarely produced classics that resulted in mainstage productions including Schiller’s Don Carlos (produced during the 2000-2001 Season), A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde (produced during the 1998-1999 Season), The Silent Woman by Ben Jonson (produced during the 2002-2003 Season) and a new translation and adaptation of George Farquhar’s The Beaux’ Stratagem by Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig (produced during the 2006-2007 Season). In recent years, the series has led directly to newly commissioned adaptations by David Ives of French verse comedy: Pierre Corneille’s The Liar (produced in the 2009-2010 Season) and Jean-François Regnard’s The Heir Apparent (produced in the 2011-2012 Season). The series also included the sold-out world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ rediscovered one-act plays, Five by Tenn, at the Kennedy Center in 2001, a production later remounted in New York at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
Works for the ReDiscovery series are chosen by Artistic Director Michael Kahn and presented under the direction of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s artistic staff. Guest artists join members of the Washington theatrical community to investigate classic works of world literature at the Lansburgh on several Mondays throughout the year. Guest scholars, translators and adapters involved with the evening’s reading also frequently participate in rehearsal, performance and post-performance discussions.
The ReDiscovery Series is made possible through the generosity of donors Jean and David Grier.
Academy for Classical Acting
The students in the Academy For Classical Acting, a graduate degree partnership between the Shakespeare Theatre Company and The George Washington University, perform a two-production showcase each spring. The mission of the ACA, to train the very best in classical performers, is highlighted in these two entertaining and robust productions each spring.
On October 1, 2007, the Harman Center for the Arts opened its doors to Washington, D.C. Envisioned in 2003, the Harman Center is an expanded stage for the Shakespeare Theatre Company and features state-of-the-art venues for Washington’s performing arts community.
Recognition in Sidney Harman Hall is available to honor a space with your name, own your subscription seat or etch your name on the Mezzanine Terrace. Recognition opportunities are available in the Lansburgh Theatre as well.
To learn more about the select major naming opportunities that remain, please contact Noreen Major, Chief Development Officer, at 202.608.6304.