Colorado Shakespeare Festival
BOULDER, COLO., JUNE 11-AUG. 13. As in most summers, there are many productions of “Hamlet” planned around the country, but in Colorado they’ll shake things up by casting a woman, Lenne Klingaman, in the title role. In the same season, Ms. Klingaman will play Hamlet in Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.” Those shows will be staged indoors, while “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Julius Caesar” and “Henry VI, Part 3” will take place under the stars at the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theater. Worth noting: The Idaho Shakespeare Festival is also taking an unusual approach to “Hamlet” (June 2-25), with a male and a female actor alternating performances in the title role.
Contemporary American Theater Festival
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA., JULY 7-30 Don’t head to West Virginia for summer chestnuts; you’ll find only substantial new plays at this festival, which touts the designation “thinktheater 2017.” Thought-provoking works exploring liberalism (“The Niceties,” by Eleanor Burgess); the rise of Hitler (“We Will Not Be Silent,” by David Meyers); and the challenges facing the suffering Bronx of 1977 (“Welcome to Fear City,” by Kara Lee Corthron) are among the shows planned.
Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, AUG. 4-28 Productions that have premieres at these two festivals often get to New York — Daniel Kitson’s “Mouse” at St. Ann’s Warehouse and “A Gambler’s Guide to Dying” at 59e59 Theaters are two recent examples. Both fests celebrate 70 years this summer, and they have a lot in store. On the theater front, Alan Ayckbourn’s dystopian tale “The Divide,” “Flight” (based on Caroline Brothers’s novel about young Afghan refugees) and several works by the Scottish playwright Zinnie Harris are planned at the…