The Tempest Pops-Up in Surprise Nashville Location Pop-UpRight Shakespeare #3

Shakespeare is popping up in some surprising places: Pop-Up #1 was at a church in East Nashville, #2 was at Boundry near Music Row – we’ll give you clues for #3, but you won’t know where until the day before the show! As part of NSF’s 30th anniversary season, we’re staging 6 “upright” readings of the Bard’s plays with some of Nashville’s favorite actors in mystery locations inspired by each of the plays.

Next up in the Pop-UpRight Shakespeare series is the magical, The Tempest, directed by Natalie Risk, a comedy/romance with fantastical creatures, drunken clowns, a powerful magician, and young love. NSF’s Artistic Director, Denice Hicks, will be reading the role of the rightful Duke of Milan and sorcerer, Prospero.

“People have been asking us for more Shakespeare year-round, and the Pop-UpRight readings are an answer to that,” says Denice Hicks, the company’s Artistic Director. “Part of the adventure is the surprise location, then these fantastic actors bring the plays to life spontaneously. They are so much fun because anything can happen.”

Locations will be texted to ticket buyers first (24 hours in advance) before the start of the performance. For walk-up audiences, locations will be posted on and on Nashville Shakes’ social media pages the morning of the show.

Tickets: “Pop-Up Passes” are $30 for the rest of the 4 plays, which ensures a seat up front, or $10 for individual plays. Walk-ups are also encouraged! Tickets will be $12 at the “door.”

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UP NEXT in Nashville Shakes’ 30th Anniversary season: Pop-UpRights: Titus Andronicus (July 21), The Taming of the Shrew (October 20), and Richard III (November 17). Our 30th Anniversary Shakespeare in the Park in August/September 2018 will be a magical, celebratory production of the Bard’s most beloved comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

All of NSF’s programming is supported in part by Metro Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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