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Events in Fayetteville NC | Sweet Tea Shakespeare under the stars performance of Party at Jay’s an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

Sweet Tea Shakespeare presents events in Fayetteville NC as part of their spring and summer season in Fayetteville, North Carolina, that includes three mainstage events over three months culminating in two weekends of rotating repertory performances. Kicking off in May is Party at Jay’s, local writers Michael Houck and Claudia Wargaa-Dean’s smashing adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Followed by William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Pericles.

All performances will have streaming options available worldwide as part of the performance runs.

Join the party of the mysterious and enigmatic Jay Gatsby for a night of jazz, dancing, and hooch. Be swept away by the inviting melodies and the new and original score fusing period and contemporary orchestrations written by composer Sarah Chapma. Conceived and developed by local artists, Party at Jay’s is set in New York. 1922. Nick Carraway arrives at Jay Gatsby’s estate for a night of jazz, dancing, and hooch – what unfolds around him is a thrilling tale of forlorn lovers. Taken from pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s American classic The Great Gatsby, PARTY AT JAY’S is told through interactive staging where the audience are the guests at Jay’s (and encouraged to dress the part)  – the hottest spot of the roaring ‘20s.


May 12-15, 2022, Thursday through Sunday, 6:45pm Live Music Preshow; 7:30pm Show

May 19-22, 2022, Thursday through Sunday, 6:45pm Live Music Preshow; 7:30pm Show

May 26-29, 2022, Thursday through Sunday, 6:45pm Live Music Preshow; 7:30pm Show

VENUE: 11th Floor of The Systel Building, 225 Green Street Fayetteville, NC 28301

Live Music Preshow | Events in Fayetteville NC

Most of our in-person and full-length online productions feature preshow entertainment with live music featuring our house band, The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers (also known as “WOCO”). Along with music, enjoy plenty of warm hospitality and ways to engage, from bidding on special seating, which we call “Chair Paravel,” to adorning Sweet Tea Shakespeare swag available for purchase, to yard games and activities.

Tickets and Memberships | Events in Fayetteville NC & Online

All performances, whether in-person or streaming, are available via standard ticketing on our website at Sweet Tea Shakespeare Members may receive single or multiple tickets to in-person productions, depending on Membership level. Become a Sweet Tea Shakespeare Member at

For our outdoor performances, you should bring your own seating or choose from our limited rental chair and quilt seating options. Should we move indoors in case of rain, we provide limited basic folding chair and quilt seating, along with an optional rental seat cushion, subject to availability.

Sweet Tea Shakespeare is delighted to provide these performances in local Fayetteville venues as well as digitally, to provide its diverse communities with access to the magic of story, song, and stagecraft. Purchase tickets at


All three shows will be remounted at the end of the summer in two weekends of repertory performances, where audiences can, in the span of just a few days, see all performances.


Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:30 Much Ado

Friday, July 29 7:30  Party at Jay’s

Saturday, July 30 7:30 Pericles

Sunday, July 31  7:30  Much Ado

Thursday, August 4  7:30  Pericles

Friday, August 5  7:30  Much Ado

Saturday, August 6  7:30 Party at Jay’s

Sunday,  August 7  7:30 Pericles

Venue for the end of summer rep performances: The Arch Street Yard, Fayetteville NC


Tickets: Purchase tickets at for all events in Fayetteville NC.

Become a Sweet Tea Shakespeare Member: Monthly and annual members receive special advance ticket rates, complimentary tickets, complimentary ticket exchanges, stickers, totes, and other sweet merchandise, and much more. For information on becoming a Sweet Tea Shakespeare Member go to

No outside food or beverages; no coolers.

General Admission: $22 ADVANCE | $30 DAY-OF

Seniors: $20 ADVANCE | $30 DAY-OF

Seniors are considered 55+

Military/Gold Star Families: $19 ADVANCE | $30 DAY-OF

Military is anyone with a valid military ID, including active duty, retired, veteran, and any immediate family members

Students: $10 ADVANCE | $30 DAY-OF

Students are anyone school aged or college and university students of any age with valid ID

Streaming: $10

Streaming tickets may be purchased at any point in the run. We anticipate live-streaming on Saturday evenings; where this is not possible, a link will be sent for a recorded, on-demand stream to all streaming ticket buyers.

Changes in performance location or time due to inclement weather will be announced on Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s website and Facebook page for all events in Fayetteville NC.

We offer no refunds for purchased tickets for any reason. Please be aware we perform outdoors in high heat and humidity, and the chairs we provide are sometimes regular folding chairs. We always invite audience members to make adjustments for their own comfort, sight lines, and out of kindness for others. On outdoor performance nights where we move indoors due to rain, you can return for free to a performance of the same production later in the run by registering in advance with our box office.


Call the Sweet Tea Shakespeare Box Office 910-420-4383 or email

About Sweet Tea Shakespeare


Sweet Tea Shakespeare gathers diverse communities around a common table to delight in the magic of story, song, and stagecraft.


Sweet Tea Shakespeare is a not-for-profit theatre company and training ground for artists of all backgrounds, inspired by Shakespeare and the early modern period in its spirit and operations. We host events in Fayetteville NC and beyond.

About the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County:

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County serves more than 330,000 residents of Fayetteville and Cumberland County. Since 1973, the Arts Council has ensured growth in our children’s education, our community’s cultural identity, and our economic progress. The Arts Council’s grants, programs, and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, and the North Carolina Arts Council, with additional funding from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

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