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Shakespeare & Beyond

What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters in February

MJ Daly plays Ophelia and Le Beau in Shakespeare: Drum and Colours, Seattle Shakespeare.

Febuary. Febrary. Februayr. February! It might seem like there’s nothing intuitive about a month with 28 (sometimes 29) days and an unpredictable number of Rs in its name. But once you find out what the Folger’s theater partners have onstage this month, seeing a show at a theater near you will be a no-brainer.

Start things off with a delightful virtual Midsummer from high schoolers around the Chicago area, or make your way to Brooklyn to catch Theatre for New Audience’s exciting new Merchant of Venice. It’s also Black History Month, and this February offers the chance to see 20th-century American classics by groundbreaking Black playwrights at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and The Old Globe. Meanwhile, Gamut Theatre Group’s Echoes of Voices of the Eighth explores Black history in the company’s hometown of Harrisburg, PA.