From Our Managing Director

On behalf of the board of directors and the members of The Montford Park Players, I want to welcome you to our 41st Anniversary outdoor season of free theatre!

Here’s a special “heads up” for our fans – our 2013 season will include:

The Tempest: May 31 – June 22
Merchant of Venice: June 28 – July 20
Love’s Labors Lost: – July 26 – August 17
Hamlet: August 23 – Sept. 14
Othello: October 10 – 27 at the Masonic Temple
Christmas Carol: December 5 – 22 at the Masonic Temple

In 1997, our 25th season, the City of Asheville christened our permanent home the “Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre,” in honor of our founder. Now we’re in the midst of a capital campaign to upgrade our amphitheatre for the 21st century. Our grant award last year from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority of $125,000 represents only a small part of the total cost of renovations and additions. We now, more than ever, need your support! You may make a designated gift by check or credit card, or online at Please see the display at the concessions area for a look at a display of our upgraded campus facilities and purchase an engraved brick for the Amphitheatre entrance!

All summer long, we’re giving you an opportunity to win an original artwork, specially designed for this show by noted local artist Kaysha Siemens. All you need to do is answer a quick survey question and you’ll be entered for the drawing, to be held at intermission. Kaysha has graciously donated this artwork to us, and her work may be purchased at If you don’t win, keep coming back – the more you visit us, the more chances you have to win!

We are most grateful to our donors, who have contributed at many levels of sponsorship, to our advertisers, who stuck with us in a difficult economic climate, and to you, our faithful audience, without whom we could not exist. Here’s an opportunity to add YOUR name to our long list of donors and to patronize our advertisers as well!

Now sit back, relax, and be ready to laugh, to cry, and to be entertained as the curtain rises on another great production by The Montford Park Players, North Carolina’s Longest Running Shakespeare Festival.

John Russell

Managing Director