Georgia Shakespeare will open its 2012 season with “The Tempest,” Shakespeare’s final and perhaps most romantic play. It will be a special “Shakespeare in the Park” production at the Legacy Fountain in Piedmont Park, while the remainder of the season will take place at the company’s regular venue, the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University.
The company was founded in 1985 and staged its first production in 1986. For this year’s summer season, it will put on six productions, including “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde.
The 2012 season schedule:
- “The Tempest,” May 9-13.
- “Illyria: A Twelfth Night Musical,” June 6-August 5. Described as Shakespeare’s most musical play, “Illyria” is adapted by John R. Briggs, the creator of 2010’s “Shrew: The Musical.”
- “Much Ado About Nothing,” June 21-August 4. Shakespeare’s version of a romantic comedy, where all is fair in love and war.
- “The Importance of Being Earnest,” July 5-August 3.
- “The Emperor and the Nightingale,” July 14-August 3. A family musical based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen.
- “Macbeth,” October 4-28. Shakespeare goes to the dark side for this story of how ambition can corrupt.