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Commonwealth Theatre Center is proud to present three plays by William Shakespeare in the annual Young American Shakespeare Festival:

Richard III

directed by Heather Burns
May 12 @ 2:00, May 13, 16, 18 @ 7:30, May 20 @ 12:30

Measure for Measure

directed by Charlie Sexton
May 11, 17, 19 @ 7:30, May 13 @ 2:00, May 20 @ 4:00

The Merry Wives of Windsor

directed by Jennifer Pennington
May 10, 12, 15 @ 7:30, May 19 @ 2:00, May 20 @ 8:00


The Young American Shakespeare Festival is the oldest and largest such festival by and for young people in the nation, and it concludes the company’s 40th anniversary season. In 2017, the company will complete the Shakespeare canon, becoming one of the very few theatres in the country that can claim this accomplishment.

On the final day of the Festival, audiences can see all three plays in a marathon. Plays begin at 12:30, 4:00, and 8:00pm, and we’ll have fun between the shows.

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directed by
Heather Burns

The dastardly Richard will claim the throne for his own, and neither allies nor family are safe in this finale to Shakespeare’s Wars of the Roses. No rest for the wicked. No mercy for the weak. No villain ever confided so much in the audience.[/one_third] [one_third]

for Measure

directed by
Charlie Sexton

Although technically a comedy, this enduring “problem play” deals with corruption and political hypocrisy among the powerful even as it delivers an entertaining blend of plots, tricks, and disguises in the build to a climax skewering the prevailing misogyny of the day.[/one_third] [one_third_last]

The Merry Wives
of Windsor

directed by
Jennifer Pennington

Short on funds and searching for fun, the legendary Falstaff—newly arrived in the quiet burg of Windsor—attempts a seduction of two women he believes are in love with him. But when the women discover he’s used the same letter for them both, they turn the tables on the rogue in this rousing Elizabethan farce. [/one_third_last]


$15adult, $10student/senior

Matinees (Saturdays and Sundays):
$10 adult, $8student/senior

Marathon Day – May 20:
Matinee pricing for 12:30pm and 4pm, evening pricing for 8pm
$15 for all three (reservations in advance STRONGLY recommended)


Daily Schedule:

May 10 – 7:30 – Merry Wives
May 11 – 7:30 – Measure for Measure
May 12 – 2:00 – Richard III
May 12 – 7:30 – Merry Wives
May 13 – 2:00 – Measure for Measure
May 13 – 7:30 – Richard III
May 14 – X
May 15 – 7:30 – Merry Wives
May 16 – 7:30 – Richard III
May 17 – 7:30 – Measure for Measure
May 18 – 7:30 – Richard III
May 19 – 2:00 – Merry Wives
May 19 – 7:30 – Measure for Measure
12:30 – Richard III
4:00 – Measure for Measure
8:00 – Merry Wives


Nancy Niles Sexton Stage at Commonwealth Theatre Center
1123 Payne Street, Louisville, KY 40204