For more than 40 years, Montana’s donation-based Shakespeare in the Parks program has carried on its mission of making live, theatrical Shakespeare productions accessible to any and all audiences, putting them on for no cost at public parks in Montana and surrounding Western states. This month, the company graces Spokane (Riverfront Park), Sandpoint (Bonner County Fairgrounds) and Liberty Lake (Pavillion Park) with its presence, performing Richard III for the former two cities and The Comedy of Errors for the latter. Richard III is a political drama depicting the reign of its titular king, while The Comedy of Errors is a Shakespearean farce reimagined here in a 1950s New York setting. If you’re reading this, you’re probably within reach of seeing free productions of both.
Aug. 19-21: Fri, 5:30 pm in Spokane; Sat, 5 pm in Liberty Lake; Sun, 6 pm in Sandpoint • Free • shakespeareintheparks.org
— Isaac Handelman