Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, one of the oldest Shakespeare companies in the United States, will launch its 45th season in June with performances of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and George Bernard Shaw’s “You Never Can Tell.”
The company will travel 7,700 miles during the season, running from June 14 through Sept. 5 performing in 61 communities in five states -- Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho and Washington. All performances are offered free to the audience in local parks and public spaces, making them accessible to all.
Kevin Asselin, executive artistic director, will direct “Macbeth” while associate artistic director William Brown will return to Montana to direct “You Never Can Tell.” The 10 professional actors that will tour with the company were chosen out of a highly competitive pool of about 500 applicants auditioning in Bozeman, Chicago and Minneapolis.
Asselin said “Macbeth” will be set in a post-apocalyptic world where resources are limited and power is vital for survival. Contrasted to that will be “You Never Can Tell,” one of Shaw’s funniest plays.
“It all adds up to a great season of theater under the Big Sky,” Asselin said.
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is an outreach program of Montana State University’s College of Arts and Architecture. Grants, corporate sponsorships and hundreds of individual donors support the free performance.
This year major sponsors include: The National Endowment for the Arts, The Gilhousen Family Foundation, The Gianforte Family Foundation, Pheasant Farms, Spectec: Thunderbird International Corporation, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Foundation, Montana Arts Council, Barnard Construction, NorthWestern Energy, D.A. Davidson and Company, KBZK, ERA Landmark, Yellowstone Public Radio, Stillwater Mining and the Spanish Peaks Foundation.
For more information on the plays and an up to date tour schedule, visit MSIP’s website at shakespeareintheparks.org.

Nearby performances are listed below:

  • June 28, Wednesday, Conrad, You Never Can Tell, 6:30 p.m., Conrad City Park
  • Aug. 3, Thursday, Ft Benton, You Never Can Tell, 6 p.m., Fort Benton City Park
  • Aug. 9, Wednesday, Choteau, Macbeth, 6 p.m., Skyline Lodge
  • Aug. 25, Friday, Cut Bank, You Never Can Tell, 6 p.m., Cut Bank City Park
  • Aug. 26, Sat., Great Falls, You Never Can tell, 6 p.m., University of GF Campus
  • Aug. 27, Sunday, Great Falls, Macbeth, 6 p.m., University of GF Campus