From his sharp wit, profound devotion to language and characters which resound with contemporary audiences, Shakespeare's legacy is felt from the high school classroom to the nerdy fantasies of true love. After a busy life of 38 plays and 154 sonnets, the Bard has made an indelible mark on our minds and hearts.
We've made a roundup of various cities to see Shakespeare in the Park this summer, so get ready for fireflies, picnic baskets, and the magic of the theater:
Why wait for the summer if you can start seeing Shakespeare now? The Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents "Timon of Athens" (directed by Barbara Gaines and starring Ian McDiarmid) at the Courtyard Theater from April 24 - June 10, 2012.
If crowds aren't your thing you can always stop into "The Merry Wives" of Windsor" or "Coriolanus" in a New York parking lot!
Also, don't forget the Public Theater's 50th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park takes place this June in Central Park, beginning with "As You Like It" (directed by Daniel Sullivan). There's also the powerhouse duo of Kevin Kline and Meryl Streep, who will star in "Romeo and Juliet" on June 18th. We'll see you around the break of dawn at the Delacorte Theater on the day of the performance, waiting for free tickets like the theater geek you are...
Last but certainly not least: Shakespeare Dallas fires up this June with "Twelfth Night." Don't miss this midsummer madness if you're in the area.
Enjoy the theater this summer, everyone!
Correction: In a previous version of this article, we stated that "Timon of Athens" is being produced by Being Shakespeare. It is, in fact, produced by Chicago Shakespeare Theater. We regret the error.