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Maryhill Museum celebrates Shakespeare

Iachimo (James Engberg) and Imogen (Sarah Jane Fridlich) perform in the Portland Actors Ensemble’s production of “Cymbeline.”

Iachimo (James Engberg) and Imogen (Sarah Jane Fridlich) perform in the Portland Actors Ensemble’s production of “Cymbeline.” Rio/Contributed photo

Maryhill Museum of Art hosts a full day of Shakespeare-inspired fun Saturday, July 20 — from a Family Fun activity to a performance of “Cymbeline,” all free in Maryhill’s gardens.

Family Fun: Chalk it Up to Shakespeare, 1 to 4 p.m.

Children and families are invited to an afternoon of hands-on art exploration during this free, drop-in program. Inspired by favorite scenes and quotes from Shakespeare’s plays, all are invited to grab a bucket of sidewalk chalk and create a drawing. On Family Fun Days youth 18 and under are admitted to the museum free all day with one paid adult admission.

Pre-Performance Talk with Douglas Lay, 2:30 p.m. Join the director of “Cymbeline,” Douglas Lay, for a talk about Shakespeare and why his work is still relevant today. As part of the program, Lay and company actors will engage the audience in mini-acting sequences.

Performance: Cymbeline, 3 p.m. Pull up a blanket or chair and enjoy a free performance of “Cymbeline” by Portland Actors Ensemble — part of the company’s annual Shakespeare-in-the-Parks series. Brimming with romance, mystery, intrigue, and comedy, Cymbeline celebrates the enduring nature of love and its triumph over chaos.

Often referred to as the bard’s greatest romantic fairy-tale, it’s the perfect play to introduce Shakespeare to audiences of all ages. A post-performance question-and-answer session with the actors and director will follow.

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