Featuring William Shakepeare’s TEMPEST, directed by Freddie Ramsby.

Comedy, tragedy, foolishness, passion, love and laughter go hand in hand with picnics and families atnexStage‘s dazzling outdoor festival in the historic Forest Service Park in downtown Ketchum.

Synopsis: Prospero has been stranded on an island due to the machinations of the political elite. With the aid of his magic books, as well as the oppression of the islandʼs natives, Prospero conjures a great storm in order to bring his enemies to the island whereby he can enact his revenge. Yet as with every great Shakespearean Romance, an act of revenge is triumphed by reconciliation and forgiveness.

The Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival

The Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The nexStage Theatre’s 12th season of the Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival in downtown Ketchum opens August 16th 2012.

Shakespeare’s "Love’s Labour’s Lost" plays Thurs – Sun, August 16th thru August 26th, on the outdoor stage in the Ketchum Forest Service Park.


Love’s Labour’s Lost is the story of the Princess of France and her company of ladies, who tell the men wooing them that they must wait and undergo tests to prove that their love is not simply infatuation. The men then decide to isolate themselves for three years of study, vowing that they will keep no company with women during this time. Love’s Labour’s Lost is thought of as Shakespeare’s most flamboyantly intellectual play, abounding in sophisticated wordplay, puns and literary allusions.

Also featured in this year’s festival will be a new production of: "The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)" written by The Reduced Shakespeare Company

"The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)" plays during the Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival at the nexStage Theatre, 120 S Main Street, Ketchum.  Times and dates of the show TBA

From Fig Leaves to Final Judgment…The Good Book Just Got Better! An affectionate, irreverent roller coaster ride from fig leaves to Final Judgment as three comic actors tackle the great theological questions: Did Adam and Eve have navels? Did Moses really look like Charlton Heston? And why isn’t the word "phonetic" spelled the way it sounds? Whether you are Catholic or Atheist, Muslim or Jew, Protestant or Purple People Eater, you will be tickled by this romp through old time religion.


Tickets are $20 (general admission) by phone: 726-4TKS, from the box office at the nexStage Theatre, 120 S Main Street, Ketchum, Idaho 83340 or on site at the Forest Service Park at 5:30 pm before each performance at 6 pm.  Picnics, blankets & low chairs are welcome in addition to stadium seating. For children 12 years and under there is no charge, thanks to nexStage’s outreach program and the sponsorship of local businesses and the Idaho Commission for the Arts, who are helping to underwrite the SVSF this 12th year.  For more information: 208 726-9124 or