When: Sat., July 9, 12-3 p.m. 2011
While The Nashville Shakespeare Festival is known for bringing plays to Centennial Park, this monthly event is an entertaining exhibition that allows lovers of iambic pentameter to get in on the act themselves. Shakespeare Allowed is a participatory dramatic reading that takes place at the downtown library. Sixteen chairs are available to anyone who wants to take a turn reciting from a popular Shakespeare play, and additional seating is available for those who just like to listen. This month’s reading is The Winter’s Tale, a play that includes a romantic misunderstanding, a child of questionable parentage and a prophetic oracle — pairing psychological intensity with humor and, ultimately, a happy ending. Some copies will be available, but would-be readers are encouraged to BYOB: Bring your own Bard.