Sweet Tea Shakespeare
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About Sweet Tea Shakespeare

Sweet Tea Shakespeare is a project of Fayetteville State University and is hosted by Cape Fear Botanical Garden in Fayetteville, North Carolina

Sweet Tea Shakespeare seeks to celebrate the wonder of Shakespeare and other classic plays in beautiful environments with family-style flare by providing simple, elemental, magical theatre experiences with a nod to the diversity and heritage of southeast North Carolina.

The goals of Sweet Tea Shakespeare are:

1) To develop an informed audience for classical theatre by producing Shakespeare and other classics,

2) to provide rich opportunities for area artists, including FSU students and alums, for quality performance, particularly when other area theatres are dark.

3) to encourage cultural tourism from surrounding areas for the benefit of Fayetteville area businesses;

4) to vitalize the performance of Shakespeare and other drama for the diverse communities of Southeast North Carolina and the Sandhills by presenting inspiring, accessible, literate, experiential theatrical performance;

5) to foster community and fellowship around the enterprise of outdoor theatre.

Sweet Tea Shakespeare is a function of Fayetteville State University and enjoys support from FSU Friends of the Arts and FSU Foundation, Inc.

What we do?

Simple. Magical. Classical.

Sweet Tea Shakespeare fun facts

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Productions since 2012
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Classic playwrights, from Shakespeare to Chekov
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Exceptional partners in FSU and CFBG
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Dedicated company members, plus a host of other artists

 

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Upcoming Events

Much Ado About Nothing

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Much Ado About Nothing EXTENDED! Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s production of Much Ado About Nothing has been EXTENDED. The production will be presented May 2-4 at the Poe House in the Museum of the Cape Fear complex at at 801 Arsenal Ave in Fayetteville.

Sweet Tea Shakespeare will present William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at Poe House May 2, 3, and 4 at 7pm each night. Directed by Gilbert Theater Artistic Director Robyne Parrish, the production will be a fast-paced, fun-filled production of Shakespeare’s classic play about falling in and out of love.

The play centers on soldiers returning from war and dealing with civilian life — falling into and out of love, getting into trouble, and shifting their wartime mentality. Known primarily for the hilarious exchanges between Beatrice and Benedick, two would-be lovers, the play is a rousing tale of fun, fear, and love.

Performances will take, weather permitting, outdoors. Audiences should bring their own seating and bug spray. A jacket is advised for the cool  nights. Pets and outside food are not allowed.

Each performance is preceded by half an hour of live music and preshow entertainment with plenty of opportunity for fellowship and fun.

Ticket:  $12 general admission; $7.50 Students; $5 Children 6-12 yrs.; Free Under 5 yrs.; $5 FSU students. Purchase tickets on-line: sweetteashakespeare.com .
* No outside food or beverages; no coolers, no pets.

Visit www.sweetteashakespeare.com for more information. Call (910) 672-1724 for tickets.

Sweet Tea Shakespeare, a project of Fayetteville State University, seeks to celebrate the wonder of Shakespeare and other classic plays in beautiful environments with family-style flare by providing simple, elemental, magical theatre experiences with a nod to the diversity and heritage of southeast North Carolina.

Love’s Labour’s Lost

June 18-22; 7:00 p.m. | performances at the Cypress Pond | rain or shine

Follow four buffoonish men as they pledge to live a life free of women and dedicated to chastity and academic study — until four beautiful women, including the Princess of France, arrive on the scene. Each of the men secretly tries to woo one of the women without being caught by his fellows. Uproariously funny and tenderly poignant, Love’s Labour’s Lost is a great night under the stars.

Preshow music and entertainment starts 30 minutes prior to show time. Food, beer, and wine available for purchase.

Ticket: $10 Garden member; $12 Non-member; $7.50 Students; $5 Children 6-12 yrs.; Free under 5 yrs.; $5 FSU students.

* No outside food or beverages; no coolers, no pets.

The Taming of the Shrew

July 16-20; 7:00 p.m. | performances at the Cypress Pond | rain or shine

When Bianca wants to marry the love of her life, her father has one rule: Bianca’s older sister, Katharina (“Kate”), must be married first. The problem? Kate will have nothing of it. Enter Petrucchio, a would-be suitor for Kate, who employs some unconventional methods of “taming” Kate and who ends up being tamed himself in the process

Preshow music and entertainment starts 30 minutes prior to show time. Food, beer, and wine available for purchase.

Ticket: $10 Garden member; $12 Non-member; $7.50 Students; $5 Children 6-12 yrs.; Free under 5 yrs.; $5 FSU students.

* No outside food or beverages; no coolers, no pets.

“There is nothing better than spending a night in a garden under the stars with wit and love and laughter.” — Marie, a patron.

“Thank you all for making Shakespeare so appealing and entertaining…We have declared Sweet Tea Shakespeare as our new tradition!” — Carol, a patron.

“Sweet Tea Shakespeare both credibly and creditably presents the substance and the spirit of Shakespeare.” — ncartsreview.com

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jeremy Fiebig, Artistic Director [email protected] Much Ado About Nothing EXTENDED! Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s production of Much Ado About…

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