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Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival right around the corner

UPPER SAUCON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales University has been a cultural staple in community for 26 seasons.

"It is distinctive and it is the only fully professional theater within a 150 mile radius," says Patrick Mulcahy, Producing Artistic Director for the festival.

The festival features seven major productions and 150 performances in a 9-and-a-half week season.

There's a variety of genres: "Shakespeare, Broadway musicals, classic comedy, contemporary comedy," says Mulcahy.

This year the festival will feature the Broadway hit Evita.

"This is really a powerhouse cast. There is a cast of Broadway headliners," exclaims Mulcahy adding "New York quality, Pennsylvania prices, no Lincoln Tunnel!"

Of course, the festival wouldn't be complete without Shakespeare.

"We are doing two Shakespeare shows this year: As You Like It and Troilus and Cressida," Mulcahy explains.

One of those productions will be produced similar to the way actors performed during the Elizabethan era.

“The actors come in with their lines learned. They have 4-and-a-half days to stage to play themselves. They raid the costume shop and the scene shop and then 4-and-a-half days later they are in front of an audience," says Mulcahy.

Click here for more information on the festival.

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