Workshops, Brunch and Playwright competition to round out the weekend

MIDDLEBURG, VA – The fifth Shakespeare in the ‘Burg theater festival will be held April 6-8, 2018 in beautiful, historic Middleburg, VA, with the return of Shakespeare in the Square (New York City) performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream and performances of winning plays from the international one-act playwriting competition.

The performances will be at the Hill School’s Sheila Johnson Center for the Performing Arts, 130 S. Madison Street, Middleburg, VA.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be presented on Saturday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. A brunch, with performances of the winning one-act plays, will be on Sunday, April 8, at 11 a.m.

Shakespeare in the Square actors will present workshops at the Hill School, with plans underway for other local schools to be involved.  Tickets for A Midsummer Night’s Dream are $45.  Tickets for the Sunday brunch are $35 with food provided by Tutti of Backstreet Catering.

Shakespeare in the Square is an energetic company of actors whose mission is “to perform Shakespeare to the hilt, with a respect for the words and an awareness of original staging practices.”  The company has a local connection since director Daniel Hasse is a graduate of the Hill School whose family lives in Upperville, VA.

This year’s Shakespeare in the ‘Burg festival will continue the tradition of bringing the works of the Bard to this lovely small town in the Virginia countryside, even as the festival expands its support of emerging playwrights.

For more information and to buy ticket, go to, or call (703) 298-7664.

About Shakespeare in the ‘Burg

This year marks the fifth year of Shakespeare in the ‘Burg. The festival was created by co-chairs Genie Ford and Jo Ann Hazard to bring Shakespeare and live theater to the historic village of Middleburg, VA. Each year, the festival includes at least one Shakespeare play as well as stagecraft workshops and performances of winning plays from the festival’s one-act playwriting competition. Shakespeare in the Square (New York City) is the official acting company and performances are held in the intimate but state-of-the-art space in The Hill School’s Sheila Johnson Center for the Performing Arts.