This past weekend, I caught a college friend performing in an outdoor production of THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR. The term "Shakespeare in the Park" originated in the 1950s with Joe Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival in New York City's Central Park. Since then, cities and towns around the United States and the world have adopted this tradition with outdoor productions of their own. These productions make the classics readily available, and most importantly, affordable, to people of all ages and backgrounds.
This summer, I invite you to find a Festival near you or one worth the road trip. Use Yelp to find a acclaimed local restaurant for a pre-theater meal. We found a wonderfully eclectic pierogi shop. While pierogi is certainly not as American as Apple pie, it was featured on DINERS, DRIVE-INS, AND DIVES. And who can be more American than Guy Fieri? Then stop at a nearby packie (package store for all non-Massachusetts natives) for a bottle of wine for the show. I hear the Bard loved a good Malbec.