Shakespeare’s back at Hillstead with ‘Venus & Adonis’

Nick Roesler and Laura Sheehan in Capital Classics’ Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” in 2019.

FARMINGTON — Outdoor Shakespeare returns to Greater Hartford with a reading of Shakespeare’s “rom-com” epic poem “Venus & Adonis” by members of the Capital Classics Theatre Company on Wednesday, August 5 at Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road in Farmington, said an email from organizers.

The gates open at 6 p.m. and the performance begins at 6:30 p.m. on Hill-Stead Museum’s Veranda and West Lawn. Guests are encouraged to maintain safety standards and bring a blanket, picnic dinner and even order beverages online from the Wise Old Dog boutique bottle shop in West Hartford. Tickets are $20 each and must be purchased in advance on the Hill-Stead website.

Shakespeare’s epic poem “Venus & Adonis” tells the story of the Roman goddess of love (Venus), who is smitten with Adonis, the most beautiful youth ever created. It seems like a match made in mythical bliss, but in Shakespeare’s comedic twist Adonis would much prefer to go hunting! The cast includes some of the regular members of the Capital Classics Theatre Company, who will present the tale in a lively reading, accompanied by live music by Jaeme McDonald for an evening of passionate, if unrequited, love!

For safety precautions, Capital Classics and Hill-Stead Museum require that guests practice physical distancing by standing/sitting at least six-feet away from other groups while standing in lines and moving around the property. Face masks should be worn by all visitors. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed at entrances and high contact areas. Hill-Stead employees have pre-marked spaces on the lawn for groups. Upon arrival, guests will be escorted to a pre-marked space on the west lawn by an employee wearing Personal Protective Equipment.

Visit www.Hillstead.org or www.CapitalClassics.org to order $20 tickets in advance or for more information. Direct link for tickets: www.hillstead.org/event/from-the-porch-august-5/

Connecticut Media Group