What better setting for pre-sunset summertime sonnets than Forsyth Park?
At least that was the idea behind Savannah Stage Company's "Summer Sonnets" performance planned for July 27.
"While we were working on our performance for 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare,' where the sonnets aren't touched on a lot, I started reading the sonnets on my own, and I was taken aback by how beautiful they are," said Bryan Pridgen, Savannah Stage Company's artistic director.
"I thought to myself, what if we just do an entire performance of sonnets for people for free?" he added.
"And we realized Forsyth Park would be the perfect place for people to come out and bring a picnic or a blanket or a chair and see what we do."
The Savannah Stage Company is a nonprofit professional theater group with the mission to serve Savannah and Chatham County with a professional theater that encourages growth through imagination and bravery.
"We started in the summer of 2012 with five people and now we have about 30 members," Pridgen said.
"We also started a playwright series where playwrights can submit their work to us, and they get to hear their work performed by professional actors and get feedback to make it better."
The group has several plays ready to tour, including its most recent endeavors of "The Turn of the Screw" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."
IF YOU GO
What: Savannah Stage Company presents "Summer Sonnets"
When: 7:30 p.m. July 27
Where: Forsyth Park
Cost: Free, donations welcomed
Guests planning to attend the "Summer Sonnets" production can expect to hear sonnets performed by all cast members individually and then some as groups.
"The entire show will last between 30 minutes and an hour," Pridgen said.
"The show is appropriate for all ages, even though younger children probably won't understand it ... but it is a great show for teens learning about the sonnets because the heightened language really pops off the page when you see it performed live."