Camden Shakespeare Festival coming to Monson

MONSON — Camden Shakespeare Festival, Monson Arts and The Center Theatre will present the comedy “Aquitania,” written and directed by Stephen Legawiec, outdoors in Monson at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 24. The performance is a fantastical comedy in which a librarian is transported to a strange country where she matches wits with a bowler-hatted villain. Magic cake and an ancient board game hold the secrets as our heroine adopts a new kind of logic to save the day.  A trio of temptresses add to the enchantment with the score of jazzy pop songs.

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‘AQUITANIA’ — Gordon Adams plays the villain Gano in the 2021 production of the comedy “Aquitania,” written and directed by Stephen Legawiez. The play will be performed by the Camden Shakespeare Festival in Monson at 2 p.m. on July 24 in partnership with the Center Theatre and Monson Arts. See more at

“’Aquitania’ will delight adults and older children,” says director Stephen Legawiec, “The play draws inspiration from the legends of Charlemagne, the surrealist paintings of Rene Magritte,  ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ and other sources. We’re thrilled to bring this production to Monson, complete with live music, with the help and support of the Center Theatre and Monson Arts.”

“Aquitania” has been performed many times around the country and has won accolades from both audiences and critics, with the Los Angeles Times review stating “’Aquitania’ works wonders!”

Attendees should plan to bring blankets or camp chairs to enjoy Aquitania which will be presented outdoors behind Tenney House, 47 Tenney Hill Road. In the event of rain on the 24th, the performance will take place on Sunday the 25th, still at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for kids and members of the Center Theatre. For tickets and more information, visit or call the Center Theatre at 207-564-8943. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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