One of my readers noticed a similarity between a Shakespeare traveling group, The Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, whom she saw in her hinterland region some years ago and the Blackfriar Theatre ensemble of whom reviewed recently for their production of School for Scandal. Yes, these are related. The Express was a touring company started in 1988. In 1999, they rebranded as Shenandoah Shakespeare and settled in Stanton, VA. In 2004, the Blackfriar Theatre opened, with resident company performing at the theatre and the touring company continuing its mission to perform at high schools, colleges, and communities which might not have stages. We moved within driving distance in 2003, appeasing our curiosity that inaugural season. Continue reading
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