Living in Boulder, it is not hard to find yourself wandering around the red-brick buildings, large lawns and grown-up trees that make up the University of Colorado. Among strong science, business and law programs, the university is also ranked in the Top 100 for its theater program.
Nestled between the Henderson Building and Hellems Arts and Sciences, one might find themselves stumble upon an outdoor old-style theater built back in 1939. Named after Mary Rippon, the first female professor at the University of Colorado, the Marry Rippon Outdoor Theatre has hosted plays such as Romeo and Juliet since 1944. In 1958, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival was founded. This is the second oldest Shakespeare festival in the country.
From the first week of June through the first week of August, you can enjoy outdoor entertainment in this historic theater. Four to five productions are shown at the outdoor Mary Rippon Theater and the newly renovated indoor University Theater through the summer. This year, "The Comedy of Errors," "Equivocation," Troilus and Cressida," "Cymbeline," and "Henry VI, Part 2" can be seen.
The festival has brought a lot of cultural dynamics to Boulder by allowing CU students to help participate in these summer events. Graduate students are chosen to work with summer directors and act as assistant directors. Undergraduates can help act, manage or create costumes and crafts. The goal of this festival is to help bring cultural awareness to Boulder and help tap into the artistic qualities of Shakespeare.
Be apart of this cultural endeavor this summer and enjoy a play under the stars. For a full calendar of the plays, visit Colorado Shakes.
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