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Shakespeare in the Parks Comes to UM Oval

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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will return to the University of Montana campus to perform George Farquhar's "The Recruiting Officer" at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, and Shakespeare's "Henry V" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27.

Audiences are encouraged to arrive early with chairs, blankets, a picnic and friends and family to enjoy the evening. Both performances are free and open to the public.

The 41st season will feature one of Shakespeare's most popular historic plays, "Henry V." Joel Jahnke, who has been with the company since 1977, is artistic director for this production. During his tenure, he has directed more than 40 productions for MSIP including 19 of Shakespeare's plays. He also has directed for the Montana Repertory Theatre, Greasy Joan & Company in Chicago and the Magic Circle Mime Company based in Seattle. This will be his second time directing "Henry V" for MSIP.

MSIP is producing "The Recruiting Officer" for the first time. The play is a restoration comedy and will be directed by Associate Artistic Director William Brown. Set in the early 18th century, the play emphasizes the ‘comedy of manners' style often associated with this time period. Elegant costumes and beautiful scenery along with original music by award- winning composer Andrew Hansen will complement this comedy.

For more information on the Missoula performance, visit the University Center's website at http://www.umt.edu/uc. For more information on the plays and a complete tour schedule, visit the company's website at http://www.shakespeareintheparks.org.

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