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Houston Shakespeare Festival Presents ‘Henry V’ and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

Once again this summer, the University of Houston’s School of Theatre and Dance presents the Houston Shakespeare Festival at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. Last year’s festival drew more than 37,000 people. This summer, the festival features productions of Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing. We talk about the productions with this year’s directors […]

An image from the 2014 Houston Shakespeare Festival at the University of Houston. (Image Courtesy UH)Once again this summer, the University of Houston's School of Theatre and Dance presents the Houston Shakespeare Festival at Hermann Park's Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Last year's festival drew more than 37,000 people. This summer, the festival features productions of Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing.

We talk about the productions with this year’s directors and a pair of cast members. And we learn why cast and crew members remain dedicated to providing free Shakespeare in the park.

We’re joined by: Jack Young, the festival’s artistic director and director of Much Ado About Nothing; Lenny Banovez, director of Henry V and artistic director of Titan Theatre Company in New York; Demetria Thomas, an actor who plays Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing; and Brendan Marshall-Rashid, an actor who plays the title role in Henry V.

(Image Courtesy: Houston Shakespeare Festival/University of Houston)

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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