THEATER FEST: See ‘Green Gables,’ ‘Macbeth,’ and ‘Inherit the Wind’


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“Anne of Green Gables” will open the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival beginning June 24.

Now in its eighth season, the nonprofit festival will offer three free productions of meaningful classics for the community.

Festival director Paul Moser, professor of theater at Oberlin College, has built a core intergenerational acting ensemble, composed mostly of Oberlin graduates and like-minded professional artists.

The festival also offers a Shakespeare acting intensive for area high school students. Weeklong camp activities focus on performance skills—including the basics of acting and handling Shakespearean text, voice, and movement culminating in a scene study. This year’s intensive runs from July 25 to 29.

“Anne of Green Gables” will run from June 24 through July 31.

Adapted from the novel by L. M. Montgomery, it tells the story of aging brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, who send to an orphanage for a boy to help on the farm. To everyone’s surprise, a mix-up brings them a romantic and hot-headed 11-year-old girl, Anne Shirley, who turns their stodgy, rural Prince Edward Island community into a bright world of “kindred spirits.” This stage adaptation is suitable for theatergoers of all ages, especially school-age children six and older.

“Macbeth” will run from July 1 to 30.

One of Shakespeare’s most popular and accessible plays, it chronicles the moral descent of a noble Scottish warrior driven by ambition. After encountering the prophecies of three witches, he murders the king of Scotland to claim the crown, but his bloodthirsty reign soon spirals out of control to guilt-ridden madness and his ultimate demise. With sword battles, ghosts, witches, and magical apparitions, this production promises to be a feast of theatrical spectacle and suspense.

“Inherit the Wind” will run from July 8 to 30.

Tthe epic courtroom drama, written by Northeast Ohio natives Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, was inspired by the Scopes “Monkey Trial” of 1925. It follows the events surrounding a young high school teacher arrested for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution. The American theater classic premiered in 1955 at the height of the McCarthy era, but its central theme — the right to think — still resonates today.

Although tickets are free and available at the door, reservations are recommended. All plays are performed in Hall Auditorium, 67 North Main St., Oberlin. The box office opens three hours before curtain time.

To reserve tickets, call 440-775-8169 or email ostf@oberlin.edu.

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