Summer Theater Festivals: From the Fringes to Center Stage

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By STEVEN McELROY



This popular destination is celebrating its 80th season, but it’s no stodgy old-timer. In fact, Ashland recently announced three new play commissions, part of its ambitious series “American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle,” devoted to new works focusing on significant periods of change in American history. Shakespeare still has pride of place here, and “Pericles,” “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Antony and Cleopatra” will be presented this season alongside several other productions. If you can’t get your fill in the busy, long season, there’s a Shakespeare-theme cruise to look forward to in December.