30th Anniversary Season
Join us for an exhilarating season, celebrating three decades of captivating and inspiring Arizona! Prepare for enchantment, inspiration, and a thought-provoking journey as Southwest Shakespeare marks thirty years of theatrical excellence.
Performances held at Mesa Arts Center and Taliesin West
OCTOBER 13-28, 2023 | MESA ARTS CENTER
Experience Macbeth, a captivating tale of ambition, betrayal, and supernatural forces. Step into the treacherous world of medieval Scotland, as a bold warrior obsessed with power descends into murderous madness. With its gripping plot, haunting themes, and Shakespeare’s brilliance, Macbeth is a mesmerizing theatrical masterpiece.
Above: Kyle Sorrell and Alison Campbell in Macbeth (2019).
NOVEMBER 3-11, 2023 | MESA ARTS CENTER
A Black Girl’s Journey
“Astonishing, heartbreaking, and ultimately inspiring.” Fresh on the heels of performing this one-woman living memoir at Lincoln Center, Debra Ann Byrd brings Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey, to the Southwest Shakespeare stage fearlessly exploring her personal struggles and triumphs growing up in Spanish Harlem, through her brilliant gender-switched performance as the Moor of Venice.
FEBRUARY 9-24, 2024 | MESA ARTS CENTER
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Enter a whimsical realm where fairies meddle, lovers entangle and mischief reigns supreme. An enchanted forest is the playground for Puck, the magical fairy who spins a web of chaos with his delightful pranks and unpredictable tricks. With mistaken identities, hilarious misunderstandings and supernatural transformations, Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a night of pure theatrical delight.
APRIL 11-14, 2024 | TALIESIN WEST MUSIC PAVILION
Southwest Shakespeare at Taliesin West
April production to be announced soon!
Held in the intimate and fascinating "home theatre” of master architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Southwest Shakespeare’s performances at Taliesin West are wildly popular and quickly sell out. Always riveting, always entertaining, this series brings classical theatre into a modern architectural space for a magical experience between actors and audience. Reserve your seats now for our April production which will be announced later this fall.
MAY 9-12, 2023 | MESA ARTS CENTER
The School for Lies
It’s 1666 and the brightest, wittiest salon in Paris is that of Célimène, a beautiful young widow so known for her satiric tongue that she’s being sued for it. Surrounded by shallow suitors, whom she lives off of without surrendering to, Célimène has managed to evade love since her beloved husband died — until today when Frank appears. With a cast of colorful characters and a rollercoaster ride of verbal acrobatics and clever word play, this wild farce is sure to leave you laughing out loud.