Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park was originally founded as an outdoor Shakespeare festival in the summer of 1985 by Kathryn Huey O’Meara McGill and Jack O'Meara. With a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council, productions were held at E.C. Hafer Park in Edmond. The popularity grew, and productions were expanded. By 1989, the city of Edmond built a new performance space for the company and semi-permanent stages were constructed.
Fires in the early 2000's forced Oklahoma Shakespeare in the park to relocate to the University of Central Oklahoma and then to its current home at the Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City.
Today, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park presents classical live theatre in an outdoor setting, with summer and winter season performances. In addition, the company offers residencies, youth camps and, as a member of the Oklahoma Arts Council's Touring Program, theatrical workshops.
Individual tickets for Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park performances are typically $15 for adults, $10 for students, seniors and military.
They can be purchased online or at the box office, beginning at 7 p.m. each night of the performances.
If inclement weather causes the cancellation of a performance, purchased tickets are good for a future performance.
If you're interested in being a performer for Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, look for audition announcements on the official site.
Volunteer / Donate:
In addition, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park encourages people to get involved by volunteering or donating.
Volunteers are needed at the box office and as ushers and greets. They receive two complimentary show tickets for each full shift worked. If interested, call (405) 235-3700.
Monetary donations, an important part of Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park's operating fund, are greatly appreciated. Call the number above for information, or mail checks (made payable to OSP) to Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, PO Box 1437, Oklahoma City, OK 73101-1437.
- June 1-24: "The Taming of the Shrew"
- July 13-23 (Paseo): "Or,"
- August 17-27 (Paseo): "Private Lives"
- September 14-30: "Hamlet"