August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean

    Summer Shakespeare: August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean
    Set in 1904 in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Gem of the Ocean is part of August Wilson’s decade by decade cycle of plays about the Black American experience in the twentieth century.

    FREE General Admission ($10 Suggested Donation per Person). Bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Blankets can sit closest to the stage, bleachers provided in the rear. Blanket space is lmited, so arrive early for best availability.
    Food & beverages available on site, or bring your own picnic. Alcoholic beverages available at the Kindred and Element bars benefit Nashville Shakespeare Festival. No outside alcohol permitted.

    Want guaranteed seating or a premium experience?
    $100 Royal Package includes reserved seating, reserved parking, and a gourmet picnic dinner at the Element Hotel. A portion of the ticket is tax-deductible.
    $40 Noble Seating includes reserved seat only.

    5:30pm – Food vendors open & “Insight” featuring scholars from local universities in Sump Coffee.
    6:00pm – Pre-show entertainment featuring Nashville musicians and entertainers.
    7:00pm – Curtain

    Weather Policy:  Royal or Noble tickets: email us at or call 615-852-6732 to reschedule your tickets at no additional charge. We will also email you if your night is cancelled.

    Visiting Nashville or Staycationing?
    Give yourself the Ultimate Royal Package experience with a hotel stay at Element Hotel on the premises! Use this link to receive a discounted rate that also benefits the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.

    The Nashville Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company founded in 1988. Heralded as a Nashville treasure, the NSF is beloved for its annual FREE Summer Shakespeare productions that have delighted audiences for 34 years. The Nashville Shakespeare Festival also operates year-round educational programs, and an annual indoor Winter Shakespeare production at the Troutt Theater on the Belmont University Campus.

    Nashville Shakespeare Festival
    Thu, Aug 25, 2022 5:30 pm
    5:30 Vendors & Insight
    Fri, Aug 26, 2022 5:30 pm
    6:00 Preshow
    Sat, Aug 27, 2022 5:30 pm
    7:00 Curtain
    Sun, Aug 28, 2022 5:30 pm
    5:30 Vendors & Insight
    Thu, Sep 1, 2022 5:30 pm
    6:00 Preshow
    Fri, Sep 2, 2022 5:30 pm
    7:00 Curtain
    Sat, Sep 3, 2022 5:30 pm
    5:30 Vendors & Insight
    Thu, Sep 8, 2022 5:30 pm
    6:00 Preshow
    Fri, Sep 9, 2022 5:30 pm
    7:00 Curtain
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