I have always know the company as Shakespeare in the Park, but their name is The Woodward Shakespeare Festival. These performances and always excellent and great entertainment on a warm summer's night. They are performing this summer in the Woodward Park Meadow Theatre located in the N/E 12 acres (on the map) near the Friant/Fort Washington entrance. Seating can be reserved ($10) but is FREE and operates on a first come first serve basis, however you may bring your own chairs and blankets to sit on.
Performances include The Merchant of Venice, June 24th-July 24, 2010 and King Lear, August 12th- September 11, 2010 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights starting at 8pm (it is best to arrive by 7:30pm). This is a nonprofit organization of resident artists and local actors dedicated to bringing the arts to Fresno and providing entertainment for all audiences. For more information click HERE for their website. To view the Woodward Park map, click HERE.