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Rowayton's Pinkney Park Hosts Shakespeare Comedy

Mary B. Robinson Photo Credit: Marven Moss
An audience at Rowayton’s Pinkney Park enjoys a Shakespeare on the Sound production. Photo Credit: Marven Moss

NORWALK, Conn. – Shakespeare on the Sound will present “All’s Well That Ends Well” at its 20th-anniversary presentation in Pinkney Park June 11-28.

The nationally renowned Mary B. Robinson will direct The Bard’s subtle and poetic comedy. The provocative challenge to the conventions of gender unfolds under the stars in the natural outdoor amphitheater of the park in Rowayton.

A 3 1/2-week run of the play “Intimate Apparel” at the Westport Country Playhouse last fall — recounting the relationship between an African-American seamstress and a Jewish tailor — is among the 60-plus productions Robinson has directed in New York City and across the U.S. over the past 30 years. Judith Ivey, Cynthia Nixon, Jeff Daniels and Buck Henry have appeared on Robinson’s stage. Her book “Directing Plays, Directing People: A Collaborative Art” has been described by Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee as “an intelligent and useful guide for both the professional and the casual theater lover.”'

Robinson intends to mount “All’s Well That Ends Well" in the round, meaning the audience in Pinkney Park will encircle the stage, just as the so-called “groundlings" did at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater 400 years ago outside London. As opposed to the Elizabethan era, Robinson is setting the play in an Edwardian time bend, the early 1900s.

The production runs Tuesdays through Sundays, with patrons permitted to stake out space on the grounds with a blanket or deck chair starting at 4 p.m. The play will begin each night at 7:30. Most nights, there is a special preview presentation for children one hour in advance.

Admission and parking are free. Donations will be collected at the gate; $20 suggested for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Reserved seating is also available for $50. To reserve seats, click here or call 203-299-1300.

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