You read that right! Sword fighting in Garden Station. Among the garden plots of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers a sword fight or two will happen this weekend. Dayton’s all volunteer BeSpoke Theater will be sharing their production of Macbeth for free this weekend. Bring a lawn chair and a few dollars for a cold 5th Street Brewpub beer and enjoy the show nestled into the back Garden Station.
Bespoke is one of Dayton’s newest production companies specializing in Classical Theatre. Shakespeare in the park is a lot different than enjoying a show in a traditional theater. The actors compete against the elements and surrounding environment. When Macduff has to pause for a passing train or Lady Macbeth has to enunciate beyond siren moving up Wayne Avenue. I was in attendance for the Sunday afternoon performance last week and found the benefits outweigh the distractions.
First, much of the story of Macbeth happens in the out of doors. The sounds of buzzing cicadas added to the story. Tonight’s show and Saturday’s as well will be visually more interesting as the torches come out as the sun sets in Dayton. Outdoor theater also allows the actors to bring the story withing feet of the audience. Having Banquo or Malcom run past you so close you feel it is an experience you normally don’t get in the Schuster or Victoria.
There are three shows remaining. 7:00 pm Friday and Saturday and a 4:00 pm start on Sunday. The show is free and donations are accepted at the end of the show. Stop in to Garden Station, soak up the city with a 5th Street Brew and take in some Shakespeare. The price point is perfect and the venue is perfect for children and families.