Free Shakespeare in the Park

Troilus and Cressida

June 5-6, 10-13, 17-20
7:30 p.m. 

Reservoir Park Bandshell

We hope that you, your friends and family will all come out and enjoy the Harrisburg Shakespeare Company’s 22nd season at the Levitt Pavilion in Reservoir Park!

Seven years into the Trojan War which has reached a stale-mate and both sides, Trojans and Greeks alike, are questioning the value of continuing the conflict. Troilus and Cressida centers around Troilus, the young son of the Trojan House of Priam, and his love for Cressida, when political maneuvering interferes with their blossoming romance. Cressida then chooses to make alliances which stand to compromise her virtue. As she puts it, “I show more craft than love”. A dark view of love and war, this play turns cliched conventions of honor, whether in the bedroom or on the battlefield, upside down. Simultaneously comic, tragic and satiric, Shakespeare offers a chilling twist on the classical mythic heroes of antiquity.

Make sure to bring your canned goods! We accept canned good donations which are taken nightly to the Bethesda Mission. For more information on the Bethesda Mission and what they offer the community, click here!

A WORD ABOUT SEATING

The Levitt Pavilion is an outdoor venue with lawn seating, so please bring a blanket or lawn chair. For more information visit the Levitt Pavilion home page.

A FREE SHOW?

Yes. A free show. Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival was officially founded on March 1, 1994 by J. Clark Nicholson, Melissa H. Nicholson and Thomas A. Hensel. The City of Harrisburg was seeking ideas for performing arts events at Reservoir Park when Clark and Melissa suggested using the bandshell to produce outdoor Shakespeare. The City liked the idea and the Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival was born.

The main goal of HSF is to continue to produce free Shakespeare in Reservoir Park each year. Why? HSF believes that the works of William Shakespeare were written to be performed outdoors for a diverse audience and would like everyone to be able to enjoy and appreciate these great works, regardless of income or background. What better location than Reservoir Park and how better to reach a diverse audience than with free shows!

DIRECTIONS

FROM I-83 Follow I-83 and take the Progress Avenue exit which will lead you onto Route 22. Follow Route 22 until you are able to bear onto Walnut Street. Stay on Walnut Street for approximately 2 miles, heading through 7 traffic lights. After the 7 th light, the road will begin to bend to the right ahead. You will soon see a sign for the Parkside Café. Just before the Café you will bear left into Reservoir Park.

FROM I-81 The best option here is to take I-81 into I-83. Follow I-83 and take the Progress exit, which will lead you onto Route 22. Follow Route 22 until you are able to bear onto Walnut Street. Stay on Walnut Street for approximately 2 miles, heading through 7 traffic lights. After the 7 th light, the road will begin to bend to the right ahead. You will soon see a sign for the Parkside Café. Just before the Café you will bear left into Reservoir Park.

FROM PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE Take the PA Turnpike and get off at Exit 19, or Harrisburg East. Then take the I-283 exit and merge onto I-283 North. Take I-83 towards Hazleton/Lewistown and merge onto I-83 North. Follow I-83 and take the Progress exit, which will lead you onto Route 22. Follow Route 22 until you are able to bear onto Walnut Street. Stay on Walnut Street for approximately 2 miles, heading through 7 traffic lights. After the 7 th light, the road will begin to bend to the right ahead. You will soon see a sign for the Parkside Café. Just before the Café you will bear left into Reservoir Park.

FROM ROUTE 322 Follow 322 towards I-83 South. Follow I-83 and take the Progress exit, which will lead you onto Route 22. Follow Route 22 until you are able to bear onto Walnut Street. Stay on Walnut Street for approximately 2 miles, heading through 7 traffic lights. After the 7 th light, the road will begin to bend to the right ahead. You will soon see a sign for the Parkside Café. Just before the Café you will bear left into Reservoir Park.

RESERVOIR PARK HISTORY

In 1872, a reservoir for the City of Harrisburg was built in an undeveloped area outside the city limits, then called Prospect Hill (now Allison Hill). City leaders recognized the spot as a wonderful vantage point to view the Capitol, the river valley and the Blue Mountains and, in 1890, established the area around the reservoir as a park. The Reservoir Park commission was created in order to protect and preserve the park’s natural environment. They also wanted to make it the “social spot” of the City and in 1898 added the Reservoir Park Mansion, as well as an 18-hole golf course and picnic facilities after the turn of the century. The Bandshell was dedicated with a plaque in 1940.

Over the past few years through the Parks Improvement Plan, Mayor Reed and the City have been working to make Reservoir Park a social gathering place once again. The Mansion has been restored and includes Recreation Bureau Offices, conference centers and, in conjunction with the Art Association of Harrisburg, three art galleries. Adjacent to the Mansion are four classrooms/studios built to house a variety of art classes for adults and children. Antique-style lights were added to the grounds, the Bandshell was restored, and much work was done to improve and beautify the landscaping. A park ranger station was also constructed and the children’s playground was rehabilitated. The most recent addition to Reservoir Park is the new National Civil War Museum which opened in the summer of 2000.

Reservoir Park is also part of the Capital Area Greenbelt. When completed the Greenbelt will be a 20-mile-long trail around Harrisburg linking parks and open spaces for recreational activities such as walking, jogging, bicycling, and hiking. But it does much more than just provide recreation, as it helps to preserve some of the area’s fast-disappearing natural landscape and animal habitats, provides educational experiences for old and young alike, and filters urban pollution for the City and the Susquehanna River. The Capital Area Greenbelt Association (CAGA) is a non-profit organization committed to completing and maintaining this natural trail. If you are interested in finding out more about CAGA, please call 717-921-GREEN

WEATHER POLICY:

In the event of heavy rain or thunderstorms the performance will most likely be cancelled. Although we have been known to perform after heavy downpours that ended one half hour prior to curtain time.

The decision to cancel a performance will be made at the latest possible moment.

If there is a threat of possible light rain throughout the evening, the performance will proceed with modifications to the sound and lighting systems.

If rain begins during a performance, we will hold the show for up to 30 minutes. Once the rain stops, we continue the show exactly where we left off. If the rain persists for over 30 minutes, the performance will be cancelled for the evening.