Theater festival returns with Gibson, Simon, Shakespeare

Staff Report

The Oberlin Summer Theater Festival returns for its ninth season, with shows running from June 16 to July 30 at Hall Auditorium, Oberlin College.

All shows are free and family-friendly.

“The Miracle Worker” by William Gibson will be presented June 16 o July 30 (recommended for ages six and older). It is based on the Helen Keller autobiography “The Story of My Life” and was a Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway hit in 1959. The play follows Annie Sullivan, a once-blind girl from an impoverished background, who — as Keller’s governess and teacher — tames the wild young girl, who is deaf, blind, mute, and out of control.

Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” will run June 30 to July 28 (recommended for ages 10 and older). It is a romantic comedy set in a quirky fifth-floor apartment in Manhattan in the early 1960s, where newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter learn to live together.

“The Winter’s Tale” by William Shakespeare will be presented from July 14 to 29. A timeless romance of obsession and redemption, it follows the paranoid jealousy and unjust actions of King Leontes against his wife, Hermione, and best friend, Polixenes. Midway, the play jumps in time, place, and genre to become a hilarious pastoral comedy centered on the secret romance of their children, with the two plots ultimately merging.

Day and evening performances of all three plays will be offered. The full schedule can be found at

To reserve tickets, call the box office at 440-775-8169 or email

The Oberlin Summer Theater Festival will again feature its Acting Shakespeare Intensive day camp for high school students. Activities will focus on performance skills, including the basics of truthful acting and handling Shakespearean text, voice, and movement, all culminating in a scene study.

The one-week camp will take place in July. The cost is $100, with need-based aid available.

For more information or to enroll, visit or email

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