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Shakespeare springs to life in Forest Grove

Forest Grove has become a repository for Shakespearean theatrics

William Shakespeare is alive and well in Washington County this summer, drawing theater lovers and performers of all ages to local venues with a series of performances by groups eager to share their love of the Bard's prose.

Along with Hillsboro's Bag and Baggage Productions' take on 'The Tempest, or the Enchanted Isle' filling the city's Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza through Aug. 13, Forest Grove has also become a repository for Shakespearean theatrics.

This weekend, Theatre in the Grove's CAST Playhouse wraps its summer production of the comedic fantasy 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' performed Aug. 12-14 in downtown Forest Grove.

The production is presented by CAST Playhouse, a program for children and teens designed to pique interest in drama and provide an outlet for student performers to take the stage.

On the more adult end of the spectrum, the city's Montinore Estates vineyard is hosting an outdoor performance of the romantic drama 'All's Well That Ends Well' by the nonprofit group Willamette Shakespeare Company. The performances are free to attend.

The company, which presents free shows all summer long at various venues throughout the state, has re-envisioned the tragicomedy - considered one of Shakespeare's more challenging works - as taking place in 1930s Paris.

CAST Playhouse performs 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Aug. 12-13 at Theatre in the Grove, 2028 Pacific Ave. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. To learn more, call 503-359-5349 or visit www.theatreinthegrove.org.

The Willamette Shakespeare Company performs 'All's Well That Ends Well' Aug. 19-21 at Montinore Estates, 3663 SW Dilley Road. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit www.willametteshakespeare.org.