The Houston Shakespeare Festival (HSF) has traditionally attracted the best actors and actresses in the country. This year’s occasion is no exception, with a slew of notable regional figures en route to the Bayou City for Bard’s yearly celebration.
The festival, put on by the University of Houston’s School of Theatre & Dance, offers free midsummer performances of Shakespeare’s classics at Miller Outdoor Theatre. From July 31 to August 9, HSF will offer “Macbeth” (directed by Jack Young, director of UH’s Graduate Acting Program) and “The Merchant of Venice” (directed by guest artist Tiger Reel).
Mirron Willis, a well-known Texas actor, will reprise his roles as Antonio in “The Merchant of Venice” and Banquo in “Macbeth” at HSF. Willis played the title character in “Henry IV, 1” and the Duke in “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” in HSF in 2014. Willis has starred in several television shows and films. He spent three years with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and performed extensively with Ensemble Theatre. He’s also a seasoned book narrator, having completed over 100 projects.
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Tracie Thomason, a fellow Lone Star State performer (and a UH alumna), returns to the festival as Lady Macbeth in “Macbeth” and Nerissa in “The Merchant of Venice.” In 2011, Thomason played Kate in “The Taming of the Shrew” and Desdemona in “Othello” with HSF. Thomason has also performed at the American Shakespeare Center in Virginia, the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. She’s worked with Stages and Classical Theatre Company in Houston.
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