The Appalachian Shakespeare Project is a new outdoor drama sponsored by Lincoln Memorial University. ASP’s mission is to adapt the classic works of William Shakespeare to work in an Appalachian setting. We have utilized a team of writers from LMU’s English department to translate the Elizabethan language, as well as geographical references and flora and fauna references, to something more fitting to our setting. Both last year’s production of As You Like It and this year’s production of Taming of the Shrew have been set in the pioneer era of Daniel Boone, however we plan to visit many other time periods in Appalachia. Shakespeare’s works transcend time and place to tell stories about people we all know, and some of his tales seem to be natural fits for certain periods in our history, and we want to explore all of them.
Performances take place in Berkaw Park in Cumberland Gap and are free and open to the public.
Performances: July 1, 2 3, 8, 9 and 10. Time TBA. For more information, click here to see the events calendar
Mark McGinley is the Assistant Professor of Theater at Lincoln Memorial University. He completed his undergraduate work in Theater at Carson-Newman College, and after a brief ten year break went on to complete his Master’s work at Louisiana Tech University. At LA Tech, he focused his studies on technical theater and stage combat, and was fortunate to receive instruction from Mark Guinn, one of the fight masters for the Society of American Fight Directors.
Mark has been involved in many shows in his time, but some of his favorites are the most recent productions at LMU, namely The Three Musketeers and Alice in Wonderland.