Over the last two evenings, I've been to see two different companies perform two different Shakespeare productions out-of-doors for summer crowds. Well, one of the actual performances was moved to an indoor space because of weather-related situations. But the other was outside in a little gazebo in a nice park. Adding in the outdoor Shakespeare that I did this summer, that's at least three different companies running concurrent productions. It used to be that the summer season in Philly was a little slow, but now outdoor productions seem to be kicking it up a notch. It's nice to see the scene developing around in local communities, local organizations that bring these companies out to perform.
The company that I just worked for has spent the last five summers building their relationships with the communities around the parks where they perform, and we were like small rock stars in those places where the company has been going for years. It's a great feeling to know that you're a part of such a great cultural event for a community that is looking forward to your visit. It's a great thing to be a part of.