A free bird

. May 24, 2012.

Ann Arbor’s Blackbird Theatre moved to a new home last year, at the Aut Bar in the downtown Kerrytown District. Now they’re moving—temporarily—yet again. Their summer home is West Park, on the city’s Old West Side. The newly refurbished park, with its freshly renovated band shell will serve as Blackbird’s venue for productions of four Shakespeare classics. The Tempest opened in June, Much Ado About Nothing will run in July, Twelfth Night in August, and Othello in September.
Blackbird founder, actor/director, Barton Bund says, “There is a fantastic new seating area, people will be able to sit comfortably without bringing anything, but lawn chairs and blankets are very welcome. We are using the band shell, the rocks, the creek, and the new brick rotunda area. The acoustics are phenomenal. I have never worked in a better outdoor venue.”
The Blackbird will move back to Kerrytown for a production in August, the Blackbird Academy’s production of Pericles, Prince of Tyre. The Academy is the theater company’s free youth program, “getting kids onstage and backstage.” www.blackbirdtheatre.org