Starting June 26 at Nay Aug Park and finishing its run on July 26 at the University of Scranton, the fourth annual Scranton Shakespeare Festival was as lively and diverse as ever, with the 2015 season featuring “Romeo + Juliet,” “Robin Hood: A New Musical,” “The Commedia Rapunzel,” “Loose Canon,” and “The Tavern.”
Created and executive produced by Michael Bradshaw Flynn, a West Scranton native, the Scranton Shakespeare Festival has become a staple of summer theater in NEPA, making its mission clear on its website:
It is the mission of the Scranton Shakespeare Festival to give the Northeastern Pennsylvania community and the surrounding area a profound understanding of Shakespeare’s work through innovative performances in professional productions.
Our goal is to bring accessible, free-of-charge, open air theatre to socio-economically diverse audiences and to provide children’s theatre outreach programs to educate not only the audience of today, but also the audience of tomorrow.
We intend to make the Festival an integral part of the community and to contribute to Scranton’s rich theatrical history and a renaissance of theatre in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
NEPA Scene photographer Robb Malloy attended “Loose Canon,” written by Brian Reno and Gabriel Vega Weissman and directed by Logan Reed, on Saturday, July 25 at the University of Scranton’s Royal Theatre in the McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts and captured some fun moments from the show.
by Rich Howells
Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, photographer, and podcast host. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.