Ten Reasons To Get Your Butt Out To Shakespeare In The Park

Linda Blase
Jessica D. Turner, Joanna Schellenberg and Beau Trujillo in As You Like It.

There's something quaint and elegant about seeing Shakespeare Dallas' summer shows on the grassy lawn of the outdoor amphitheater at Tenison Park. Even if you're wearing cut-offs and flip-flops, and picnicking on Slim Jims and Mike's Hard Lemonade, it still counts as high culture. Goodness knows, in our crass, Snooki-fied world, a little more art helps balance things out.

So stick an ice-pack in your pocket (it's what the actors do to beat the heat) and get out to Cyrano de Bergerac and As You Like It before July 23. They do shows every night but Monday (park opens at 6:45 p.m.; show starts at 8:15 p.m.; all tickets are $10). And if you need more reasons to go:

10. As an outdoor show with alcohol (tote your own or buy it there), the productions at Shakespeare Dallas this year are shorter, safer and easier on the eardrums than Bonnaroo or Coachella. Big plus: Clean indoor potties.

9. Hotties abound in both plays. Gorgeous Dallas actress Lydia Mackay, as Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac, brings heaving girl-cleavage, if you like that sort of thing. Beau Trujillo, playing Orlando in As You Like It, has a P90X torso and a big talent for speaking in iambic pentameter. (That's him in the photo.)

8. This As You Like It is set in 1930s Spain, so the blah-blah is broken up by wild gypsy guitar music (by local composer Newton Pittman) and crazy-sexy flamenco dancing by Delilah Buitrón, aka La Musa Flamenca.

7. If you hate Shakespeare, note that Cyrano was written in 1897 by Edmond Rostand. By Shakespeare Dallas standards, it's practically a hot new play.

6. While watching Cyrano, it's fun to make bets on whether the enormous fake nose glued to actor Chris Hury's face will melt off before intermission.

5. If you get bored during the plays, you can make out on your blanket with your date and no one will care. First base only.

4. In As You Like It, it's fun to listen for words and phrases you didn't know came from the Bard. Example, "all the world's a stage" and "forever and a day."

3. Shakespeare is funnier with background noise of sirens, airplanes and cicadas.

2. If you make friends with the people around you, they'll share their wine and pie when you run out.

1. It's cheaper than Medieval Times, but you can still drink, eat with your hands and watch cute guys swordfight.

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Tenison Park Golf Course

3501 Samuel Blvd., Dallas, TX

Category: General

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One reason not to go trumps all those. TOO DAMN HOT! Sorry Shakes. Move it to spring or fall and we might get back together again.

Robert Holmén
Robert Holmén

I tried going to As You Like It, which was advertised on their site as "$10 Donation Suggested" which implies to me that they will let you in for less than $10 if you ask.  But no, they hassle you for the $10 and make an awkward scene about it as if they hadn't really said anything like that on their site.  I didn't have $10 so that was the end of Shakepeare in the Park for me.

They should either do it free or give up the facade entirely and state outright that you need $10.  When other arts organizations like the Dallas Symphony or the Dallas Museum of Art do "free" it's actually free and no open pops up at the gate make you feel guilty about believing their PR.

There's also no place to properly park a bicycle at this venue.  If there is the staff had no clue about it.


My first trip every to Shakespeare Dallas on Friday night.  It was miserably  hot (I think 105 at 7:30).  But I brougt an ice chest full of ice which allowed me to stay out there and survive  until the sun went down.  After dark, it turned into a lovely evening.   I absolutely cannot tolerate the heat (and hate it also) .... but I'm so glad I made the effort to Cyrano de Bergerac.  A memorable production.  Thanks!!!


I too agree that free should mean free, but I'm sensing a little guilt here too.  Yes we pester for donations (even on paid admission nights!), but I promise you we will not make you feel guilty for coming to see our show if you dont have $10 on "free" nights.  As fara as bicycle parking, I'm pretty sure you could have chained your bike anywhere on the iron fence that runs the whole perimeter of the park.  While it might not be "proper", it's safe and much closer than auto parking.  Give us another chance.  Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the "free" nights


Never had a problem on Pay what you can nights. Which for As You Like It is only on Tuesdays...


should of read a bit closer.

Thurs.-Sun.: $10 adults/$7 seniors and students.

Tues. & Wed.: $10 donation requested.

Children 12 and under are free.

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