Stage Struck: How Idaho Shakespeare Continues to Raise the Bar

ISF will follow 2018’s record-breaking season with Witness for the Prosecution, Taming of the Shrew, The Music Man, Julius Caesar and Million Dollar Quartet. By George Prentice Boise Weekly Cardinal Rule No. 1: Don’t bury the lead. The big news here is that the Idaho Shakespeare Festival will soon unveil its much-anticipated 2019 season: Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution; […]

Idaho Shakespeare Festival will bring a ‘season of incredible women’ in 2018

BY DANA OLAND NOVEMBER 16, 2017 03:26 PM UPDATED NOVEMBER 17, 2017 04:50 PM Does life imitate art or is it the other way around? As Charlie Fee, Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s producing artistic director, began pulling together his company’s 42nd season, women became even more of a force nationally, speaking out about sexual harassment […]

New director brings a new vibe to ‘Labor’s’

BY DANA OLAND Director Tyne Rafaeli dissected intention moment by moment during rehearsal for Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s “Love’s Labor’s Lost,” a romantic comedy that opens Saturday, June 4. Even after the production played at ISF’s sister company, Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland, there are more depths to plumb as she and her cast translate […]

Idaho Shakespeare Festival marks 40 years of classical theater in Boise

BY DANA OLAND Boise fell in love with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival on a “Midsummer” evening in 1977 on a Downtown patio. The summer romance between this plucky, grass-roots theater startup and creative Western town has remained true through changing venues and artistic leadership, financial struggles and encroaching development. Today, the festival is a […]

A Different Kind of Battle

By Cassie Mrozinski, Development Associate In 2012, something magical happened. ISF received a grant from the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation to fund an innovative idea from Education Director, Renee Vomocil. This idea, aptly named the Helena Project (for the All’s Well That Ends Well and A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s transformative character who holds unwavering hope) aimed […]

Review: Idaho Shakespeare Festival opens a magical, hysterical production of ‘As You Like It’

Dana Oland: 377-6442, Twitter: @IDS_DanaOland Sweet Arden, William Shakespeare’s enchanted forest, where troubles melt, love letters fall from trees and happy endings are ensured for all, comes to vibrant life in Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s production of As You Like It, which opened to a packed house Saturday night. Director Edward Morgan makes his ISF debut […]

Through the ISF Access Program, the magic of summer performances are brought to the Deaf and Hard-of–Hearing

By Cassie Mrozinski, ISF Development Associate If you have experienced a night of theater at Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s Amphitheater by the river in Boise, you have probably heard many things. The quiet murmurs of an audience as a poignant or shocking moment is revealed on stage…a goose honking overhead during Juliet’s heart-wrenching monologue…the tortured voice […]

Review: Idaho Shakespeare Festival opens with chills and thrills

The company’s 38th season launches with a production of the comedic Deathtrap. BY DANA OLAND June 2, 2014 Idaho Shakespeare Festival has learned a little something about murder mystery in the past few years, with its productions of “The Mousetrap” in 2012 and “The Woman in Black” in 2010. Most importantly, people love them […]

Review: Hats Off to ‘Noises Off’ at Idaho Shakespeare

Boise Weekly, Published September 5, 2012 by Tara Morgan The set for Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s Noises Off feels instantly familiar–like it was borrowed from an old British sitcom. A well-worn couch and a doily-covered recliner rest center stage, framed by seven wooden doors–three upstairs, four down–and a staircase that winds up stage right. A number […]

Review: Comedy and magic blend in Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s ‘Winter’s Tale’

Published: August 6, 2012 By DANA OLAND — Once upon a time there was a king afflicted by jealousy and madness, a family torn apart and a kingdom thrown into chaos — and so begins “The Winter’s Tale,” which opened at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival on Saturday. Written late in his life, this is […]