Following a hiatus last year (not to mention that pesky drought), Georgia Shakespeare is bringing back its immensely popular Shake at the Lake this spring in Piedmont Park.
This year, the week-long free event will present The Bard’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream lake-side in the Midtown public park May 5 through the 9.
In a release sent to Intel Central, producing artistic director Richard Garner explains: “We are extremely grateful for our presenting sponsor Bank of America as well as the support of The Coca-Cola Company, CornerCap Investment Counsel, The Kendeda Fund, The Charles Loridans Foundation and the Piedmont Park Conservancy. Without their philanthropic vision and earnest interest in the arts in our city, Shake at the Lake would not be possible”
Why all the corporate name-dropping?
Well, for starters, Shake at the Lake didn’t happen in 2009 because the funding for it had dried up faster than the park’s drought-ravaged Lake Clara Meer.
The production will be directed by John Dillon and will feature Georgia Shakespeare’s company members. The play will run each night at 7:30.
Shake at the Lake began in 2004.
As always, the tickets are free but are distributed on a first-come, first- served basis on the day of each performance beginning at 10 a.m. at the Piedmont Park Visitor Center at the park’s 12th Street entrance and at the Georgia Shakespeare box office.