Bang the drum: Trinity Shakespeare Festival 2017 doth come!

TSF2015: Love's Labour's Lost

TSF 2015: Love’s Labour’s Lost

Trinity Shakespeare Festival proudly announces its productions for Summer 2017, as it enters its 9th year of audience-pleasing excellence in performance.

Richard III and Measure for Measure will run in repertory June 13-July 2, 2017 on the campus of Texas Christian University.


Wednesday and Thursday January 18th and 19th

Open Auditions (Equity and Non-Equity) on the campus of Texas Christian University, Buschman Theatre Lobby. Prepare a one minute Shakespeare monologue – memorized. Bring two copies of your resume and headshot. An online schedule sign-up will be available on he Trinity Shakespeare website two weeks before the first audition date.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – Open Auditions

6:00-10:00pm – Buschman Theatre Lobby, TCU

Thursday, January 19, 2017 – Open Auditions

6:00-10:00pm – Buschman Theatre Lobby, TCU


Friday, January 20, 2017

6:00-10:00pm – Buschman Theatre Lobby, TCU

Saturday, January 21, 2017

10:00am-3:00pm – Buschman Theatre Lobby, TCU

Richard III – TSF Associate Artist Stephen Brown-Fried returns to direct a spectacular and chilling Richard III (after last summer’s audience charmer A Midsummer Night’s Dream.) Respected professional actor and director Blake Hackler, a Trinity favorite, will portray Richard. “Stephen Brown-Fried is considered by many to be the best young director of Shakespeare in the country. To have him back again with Trinity this coming summer, examining a play like Richard III, is a gift for us. I could not be happier for our loyal audiences and our fine acting ensemble as our Shakespeare community continues to grow in the Dallas/Fort Worth region.” T.J. Walsh

Brown-Fried exudes excitement at the prospect of directing this play. “I’m spectacularly excited to work with Blake on Richard III. Blake is one of the most inventive and electric actors I know; he’s thrillingly dynamic onstage, and he’s capable of making you laugh in one moment, terrifying you in the next, and then evoking your pity in the moment after that. I think his Richard will be an extraordinary and chilling performance.

Richard might be the most demanding part Shakespeare ever wrote…..

In his diary of the year he spent preparing for the part, Tony Sher describes it as ‘the character actor’s Hamlet’. Later in his career, Shakespeare would figure out that it helps to give the leading actor a break in the fourth act, but he hadn’t yet learned that trick when he wrote Richard, so the part is almost inhumanly grueling — though I know Blake, one of the most energetic actors I know, will be up to it.

Stephen Brown-Fried

Stephen Brown-Fried

I’m also excited for the intimacy of the Hays Theatre, TCU’s black box space. The play chronicles events that are shocking in terms of the villainy they expose. I want audiences to get so close to these events that they can feel the human reality of the play’s action. What does it feel like to be at the center of a government descending into political terror, and what psychology is capable of enacting that terror? What are the Faustian bargains that each member of that government makes in the interests of self-preservation? It’s a mountain of a play to dive into; it poses some incredibly fascinating — and terrifying — questions.”

Measure For Measure – T.J. Walsh directs this Shakespearean gem as a continuation of his investigation of Shakespeare’s later plays, including 2016’s critically praised production of The Winter’s Tale. “Measure for Measure is a majestic story of love and power. It walks that fine, sophisticated line between drama and comedy that so many of Shakespeare’s later plays hold gracefully in balance. Our job at Trinity is to find that balance and invite the audience into the play’s world in order to care about its complex characters in a palpable way.” T.J. Walsh

Outstanding Trinity veterans compose the creative design teams. Helping Steve create the world of Richard III are scenic designer Brian Clinnin, costume designer Aaron Patrick DeClerk and lighting designer Tristan Decker. The design team for Measure for Measure includes scenic designer Will Turbyne, costume designer Lloyd Cracknell and lighting designer Michael Skinner.

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