As they have for nearly two decades, the words of Shakespeare will come alive again in Rochester. The Rochester Community Player's Shakespeare Players present the 19th annual Shakespeare in the Park at the Highland Park Bowl (1200 South Avenue).
This year's performances will include two plays: "Henry IV, Part 1" and "Henry IV, Part 2." "Henry IV" picks up where "Richard II" — performed by RCP last April — left off, capturing the tumultuous rule of Henry IV, as well as the exploits of his son, Prince Hal, who chooses to shirk his royal duties in favor of cavorting with the lower rungs of society. The part of King Henry IV will be played by RCP veteran Jeffery Jones, who also played the part in "Richard II." The performance is co-directed by Brad Craddock and Stephanie Roosa.
"Part 1" will be performed Friday, June 26, Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28. "Part 2" will be performed Friday, July 3, and Sunday, July 5. Beginning Tuesday, July 7, performances of "Part 1" and "Part 2" will be on alternate days through Saturday, July 18. No performances on Mondays or Thursdays. A double header of both parts will be performed on Sunday, July 12, beginning at 4 p.m. Entrance for Shakespeare in the Park is free with a suggested donation. All show times at 8 p.m. For more information, visit rochestercommunityplayers.org.