ARTS COUNCIL OF BIG SKY

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will perform “The Comedy of Errors” at 5:30 p.m. in Big Sky’s Town Center Park on Friday, Sept. 2. This free performance is being presented by the Arts Council of Big Sky and the Big Sky Resort Tax District.

As one of the summer’s most anticipated events in the region, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks brings professional productions, at no cost to the public, to communities throughout Montana, northern Wyoming, eastern Idaho, western North Dakota and eastern Washington.

The company features 10 professional actors selected from national auditions who tour without technical assistance to bring live theater to mostly rural communities. This summer, two-thirds of the communities reached by the troupe have populations of 5,000 or fewer.

Chris Duval, a University of Utah professor with many credits at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will direct “The Comedy of Errors,” which the company has not performed since 2002.

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks opened its first season in the summer of 1973. Since that time, the company has performed more than 2,250 times to nearly 750,000 people, becoming a mainstay of Montana culture. The company’s contribution to the cultural fabric of the state, and its unique ability to serve the most remote rural areas of the region, has been chronicled by Montana PBS, “NBC Nightly News,” The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and many others.

In 1991, the company was named the recipient of the Montana Governor’s Award for the Arts, the highest honor that can be bestowed on an arts organization in the state.

All performances of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks are free and tickets are not needed for admission. Audiences are encouraged to show up prior to the appointed curtain time with chairs, blankets, a picnic supper, and friends and family to enjoy the evening.

Visit bigskyarts.org for more information on this event and the Arts Council of Big Sky.