The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival has kicked off at Sand Harbor, featuring the comedy "As You Like It." Charles Fee, who is the producing artistic director for the festival, says it’s been very popular so far. "’As You Like It’ is a great comedy, and a rom-com,” he said. “It’s like going to a rom-com film,” he added. But this rom-com is performed under the stars, with a view of Lake Tahoe in the background, which Fee says is something Shakespeare would prefer. “Shakespeare didn't publish his plays and people sat around at home and read them, they were created for his theater and only for live theater," said Fee.
The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is part of a three-city festival which includes Boise and Cleveland as well. “Our actors come in from all over the country and I’ve worked with them for many years and they are people dedicated to Shakespeare plays,” said Fee. "We run three companies in three separate cities and Lake Tahoe is our newest venue and it's a glorious place to perform," Fee explained.
For 42 years audiences have been enjoying Shakespeare at the lake, with picnics, and a beautiful setting. This year you can sit at tables and bring your own food or buy gourmet dinners at Sand Harbor.
Fee says Shakespeare’s plays have something for everyone, including children. "Kids love Shakespeare's plays because they're full of action, passion, they're full of fights,” he said.
He doesn’t worry about people understanding the plot twists. “People have been watching these plays for 400 years in every corner of the world and everybody gets it," he said. And it’s an opportunity to get outside on a summer night at Lake Tahoe.