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Shakespeare heads outdoors, with some timely political drama

COURTESY OF CASEY CAMPBELL/BAG & BAGGAGE PRODUCTIONS - Cassier Greer will play the title role in Bag & Baggage's all-women production of 'Coriolanus' this summer.Lo, tradition wafts solftly through Portland's nature, with gentle, warm summer nights graced by fair ensemble, hastening a season of performance that spills into the eve' beginning this weekend.

Portland Actor’s Ensemble and Original Practice Shakespeare Festival will kick off Portland’s annual Shakespeare in the Park event with performances of The Tempest in Gabriel Park and Coriolanus in Pettygrove Park.

Performing Shakespeare outdoors provides a different atmosphere, setting and experience that cannot be recreated indoors.

Shakespeare plays have a long-standing tradition of being performed outdoors, says Patrick Cox, the producer for actor's ensemble "Coriolanus." “Outside is a set in itself,” Cox says. “There’s something beautiful about seeing a production outdoors that uses the space that it’s in.”



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