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Bay Colony troupe brings Shakespeare to Cotuit

The South-Shore-based Bay Colony Shakespeare Company is back at Cotuit Center for the Arts (4404 Route 28) on the next two Monday nights. The professional troupe will present one-night performances of two Shakespeare shows: “A Winter’s Tale” tomorrow and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Aug. 3 on the Cotuit main stage.

Artistic director Neil McGarry, a Barnstable High grad whose large family is still based on the Cape, is, and long has been, passionate about Shakespeare. He notes in a press release that the writer “seems to know something profound about everybody, the common man and the king. He takes us to task, almost, and says, ‘We can behave better than we do.’It is our job, as actors and directors, to let the stories speak, to invite people in to listen, to hear, to allow the plays to affect them, to move them.”

“A Winter’s Tale” is about betrayal, true love, the healing powers of time and forgiveness. The story involves Leontes, King of Sicilia, wrongly believing that his wife, Hermione, is carrying the child of his visiting best friend, Polixenes. Unable to contain his jealousy, he throws Hermione in jail, and plots the murder of Polixenes.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which McGarry is directing, is a tangled and magical love story that proves “the course of true love never did run smooth” with four interconnecting plots mixing up the worlds of mortals and fairies.

The cast for both plays includes accomplished actors ranging in age from 11 (McGarry’s son Patrick, who grew up on Shakespeare) to 69, with professionals and interns from Boston, the South Shore, Cape Cod, and New York state.

Tickets are $25, $22 for seniors and $20 for members: artsonthecape.org or 508-428-0669.

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