This image shows the title page of a book entitled The American Shakespeare Festival: The Birth of a Theatre. The American Shakespeare Festival Theatre and Academy (in Stratford, Connecticut) was conceived in 1950 by Lawrence Langner. A theatre, based loosely on drawings of Shakespeare's Globe Theater but fully enclosed and employing modern conveniences and equipment, was opened in 1955. The first season's productions included Julius Caesar and The Tempest. In 1959 they incorporated special spring performances for students and, as interest in their productions waned, non-Shakespearean plays were added to the programs. John Houseman was the theater's artistic director during this period. The organization shortened its name in 1972 to the American Shakespeare Theatre. It ceased operation in the mid-1980s. Book, 11.5 x 17.5 in.