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Idaho Shakespeare Festival extends its early bird ticket deals

Last season’s opener was “Dial ‘M’ for Murder.” This season it will be the Agatha Christie classic “And Then There Were None.”
Last season’s opener was “Dial ‘M’ for Murder.” This season it will be the Agatha Christie classic “And Then There Were None.” Idaho Statesman file

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival extended its early-bird ticket prices that will save you up to 40 percent on packages for its 40th season. The pricing will run through Jan. 31 when regular season prices kick in.

Early-bird classic packages run $102 to $164. Student packages are $45 to $60. There also are deals on flex packages and boxes. Click here to purchase online or call the box office at 336-9221.

Here’s ISF’s 40th season lineup

▪  “And Then There Were None,” Friday, May 27 through Sunday, July 31: The festival’s run of mysteries and thrillers continues with this Agatha Christie classic, directed by producing artistic director Charlie Fee. It tells the story of 10 strangers who are invited to an isolated island by a mysterious host, then start getting killed one by one. Could one of them be the killer?

▪  “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 26: First-time ISF director Tyne Rafaeli will make her debut with Shakespeare’s whimsical romantic comedy that will give you a lesson in wooing as four friends swear off love, then each meets the woman of their dreams.

▪  “My Fair Lady,” Friday, July 1-Friday, Aug. 26: Director Victoria Bussert takes on Lerner and Loewe’s musical adaptation of Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” a witty comedy about class. A linguistics professor wagers that he can teach a lower-class flower girl to speak properly and thus be taken for a lady. It features the songs “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Get Me to the Church on Time” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”

▪  “Twelfth Night,” Friday, Aug. 5 through Sunday, Aug. 28: Resident director Drew Barr’s vision of Shakespeare’s gender-bending comedy finds twins — one woman, one man — separated by a shipwreck and landed on different spots of the same shore. She disguises herself as a boy to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman her brother loves.

▪  “Forever Plaid,” Friday, Sept. 2 through Sunday, Sept. 25: Directed by Bussert, the Plaids, a guys quartet of the 1950s, are on the road to record their first album when their 1954 Mercury collides with a bus filled with Catholic schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatles’ American debut. The girls are fine but the Plaids don’t make it. Now, they’re back from the afterlife for a special final performance that features some of the best-loved songs of the era.

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