The Two Gentlewomen of Verona
by William Shakespeare
adapted and directed by Jeff Christian

Flipping the genders of the major characters, we present our adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s first comedies in all its uproarious hilarity. Shakespeare, as always, displays his keen insight into human folly, giving us lines like “Love’s a mighty lord,” and “In love, who respects friend?” and gives us everything we want from a comedy: funny characters, funny lines, funny situations – all combined with a few lessons learned on our journey to the happy ending.  

Tuesday, July 23 (preview)
Thursday, July 25 (opening)
Saturday, July 27
Tuesday, July 30
Thursday, August 1 (closing)

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The Rover
by Aphra Behn
adapted by Janice L. Blixt, directed by Christy Arington

Integrating themes of feminism and libertinism into a high-octane swashbuckling tale, we are proud to stage the work of the leading female playwright of The Restoration, Aphra Behn. By setting the play during Carnival and focusing on her sights on marriage and identity, Behn displays a wicked sense of humor as she creates larger-than-life characters who prove to be both lovers and fighters. 




Wednesday, July 24 (preview)
Friday, July 26 (opening)
Sunday, July 28
Wednesday, July 31
Friday, August 2 (closing)

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2019 Performance Dates

All shows at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, July 23: The Two Gentlewomen of Verona (preview)
Wednesday, July 24: The Rover (preview)
Thursday, July 25: The Two Gentlewomen of Verona (opening); intern show @ 6:30
Friday, July 26: The Rover (opening); intern show @ 6:30
Saturday, July 27: The Two Gentlewomen of Verona; young adult show @ 6:15intern show @ 5:45
Sunday, July 28: The Rover; young adult show @6:15

Monday, July 29:  off day

Tuesday, July 30: The Two Gentlewomen of Verona; intern show @ 6:30
Wednesday, July 31: The Rover; intern show @ 6:30
Thursday, August 1: The Two Gentlewomen of Verona (closing); intern show @ 6:30; 5-8 year-old show @5:45
Friday, August 2: The Rover (closing); intern show @ 6:30; 9-11 year-old show @5:30

Performances are free to the public and no tickets are necessary.  A nominal suggested donation of $15 per person helps offset production costs incurred by bringing these shows to Benzie County.

Performance Location

We perform at Tank Hill (188 Park Avenue) in Frankfort, MI. Access is off Park Ave, just West of M-22 (Crystal Drive).

Parking and Accessibility

Parking is available on the north side of Park Avenue, on M-22, and in the Saint Ann Church parking lot across M-22.

Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets, low chairs, picnics and appropriate outdoor clothing.  There is no trash pick-up in the park, so please take your empty bottles and other items with you at the end of the night.

Performances will take place in all weather, as long as it is deemed safe to do so and the audience remains.

Benzie Bus will provide shuttle service from the parking lot of St. Ann Church to the performance space at Tank Hill, roughly every 10 minutes between 6pm and 7pm.  Designated seating for patrons with disabilities will be available. Please contact us at lakesideshakespeare@gmail.comto set up special accommodations.


There are no concessions sold at the performance location, but patrons are encouraged to pack a picnic to enjoy before the show.