SHAKESPEARE IN THE WOODS: Arts After Hours continues its inaugural Shakespeare in Lynn Woods production with performances of “Twelfth Night” Sunday and Thursday through next Sunday.
“Lynn Woods’ rose garden and amphitheater lend themselves beautifully to the world of ‘Twelfth Night,’ ” said Corey Jackson, managing artistic director of Arts After Hours. “From Olivia’s palace, set in the rose garden, to Orsino’s manor in the hills beyond the amphitheater, the woods provide a backdrop of timeless beauty.”
During the 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s classic, the audience is guided from place to place by the character Feste.
“Set in the Victorian era, this production will explore a world at its simplest — a nondigital world where human connection and relationships are paramount,” Jackson said.
The production is Arts After Hour’s first collaboration with Thomas Martin, a student in Boston University’s master’s program for directing.
“Arts After Hours is one of the most exciting theater companies I have come across in quite some time,” said Martin, director of the production. “It is one thing to bring theater to an under-represented area, but Arts After Hours goes above and beyond that impressive goal as they work to transform and excite an entire community. As a theater artist, I cannot imagine a better place to come and play.”
Rye Gentleman, a Lynn native, is assistant director.
The production features Victorian costumes, props, and furnishings, as well as original compositions by Gina Naggar performed by musicians throughout the woods.
“We wanted a play that would let us tell a story of love, humor, and beauty, while we explored the natural beauty that is Lynn Woods,” Martin said. “Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ affords us that exact opportunity.”
The cast features many new faces at Arts After Hours including Carly Waldman, Eric Hamel, Cassandra Meyer, Andrew Winson, Meredith Stypinski, Jason Myatt, Mathias Goldstein, Alan White, Danny Belford, Janelle Mills, Michael Barry, and Zack Murphy.
“We had so much incredible talent come out for this production,” said Jackson. “There is a real excitement about both the play itself and the process of creating a world outside the confines of the theater.”
Performances are at 3 p.m. Sunday; 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. next Sunday.
Parking is available at the Pennybrook Road entrance to Lynn Woods. There will be a moderate amount of standing and walking for the audience.
Tickets are $20, $15 for students and senior citizens. Add a picnic from the Walnut Street Café for an additional $10.
Call 781-205-4010 or visit www.artsafterhours.com.
SOUNDS OF SUMMER: The Georgetown Summer Concert Series continues Sundays through August.
Lee Lewis and the Doo Wop Allstars perform Sunday; the Shane Wood Jazz Trio takes the stage Saturday, and Puddles of Joy and True Zoos presents covers and original rock Aug. 26.
The concerts run 5-7 p.m. at American Legion Park, Rear Prospect Street. In the event of rain, the shows move to Coach’s Rock Pond Pub, 206 West Main St.
Admission is free.
AUTHOR’S CORNER: “Flying High,” a new book by Robert Dalton of Lynn, has been published by RoseDog Books. The memoir tells how Dalton — on track to become a college professor — fled to Canada to avoid going to Vietnam, became involved with radical Canadian politics while attending a university, and went on to wander through 27 cities and six countries, all while addicted to alcohol, prostitutes, and job-hopping.
IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “Delightful,” an exhibition of paintings by Janice Colby, is at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport through Sept 4. Using acrylic on canvas, she creates bright and bold paintings that evoke the feeling of summertime. A reception with the artist is 4-6 p.m. Saturday . . . An exhibition by Wood End Studio Associates, a collaboration of established and emerging artists affiliated with the Wood End Studio in Lynn, is at the Gallery at Grosvenor Park in Salem through Sept. 6. An opening reception is 3-5 p.m. Sunday. The group’s goal is to provide an environment for learning and artistic growth and to promote oil painting. For this display, the artists used a range of painting styles to represent the theme of realism using a full color palette. The works include landscapes and still-life paintings.