John Thomas

Outdoor theater: Shakespeare under the stars

Outdoor theater: Shakespeare under the stars

Fireflies crisscross a meadow as an audience on lawn chairs and blankets takes in the fast-paced complications of "As You Like It" on the grounds of the Evergreen Museum and Library — a particularly apt setting for the Maryland Shakespeare Festival production.

"We wondered if we should bring scenery, since this is perfect for the Forest of Arden, where the action takes place," said company artistic director John Bellomo. "Looking up at the stars and hearing this great poetry, it's like we're all in the woods together."

Experiencing Shakespeare in the open air can come with logistical and weather issues, but it's a time-honored practice in many...