Well, it’s finally here! As we head into the final week before the Bard’s big 450th birthday bash, companies all over are getting into the spirit. How will you celebrate? Drop us a note and share your story.
To honor Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Bryant Park Corporation and The Drilling Company’s Shakespeare in the Parking Lot will present Hamlet in Bryant Park May 15 to 31, 2014. It is Bryant Park’s first Shakespeare production and The Drilling Company’s first Shakespeare production outside the municipal parking lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets, where its intrepid, bare-boned productions have become a New York tradition.
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to become one of the first five theaters in the United States to “Complete the Canon” by producing all 38 plays by William Shakespeare. The final play needed to “Complete the Canon” is William Shakespeare’s The Two Noble Kinsmen, which CSC will open on May 2, 2014. This production is generously sponsored by Charles Parsons and Bill McKim and the Canon Club. The design sponsor is PNC Bank.
Key City Public Theatre, well known for its summer Shakespeare in the Park productions, this year opens its main-stage season with Shakespeare in the Playhouse. Lawrason Driscoll plays the title role in King Lear, which opens KCPT’s 56th main-stage season on April 18.
Shakespeare’s renowned works have been loved by audiences for centuries. Though they were written in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, the themes and morals of his plays are still relevant today. Theatre Fairfield produced its rendition of Measure for Measure this past weekend using the lens of the punk rock era, showing that Shakespeare’s plays connect with people from across history.
The International Conference on Shakespeare is scheduled to be held in Iran for the first time ever. Dubbed as “Not of an Age but for All Ages: First International Conference in Iran on Shakespeare Studies (ICISS)”, the conference will explore themes such as ‘Shakespeare and Political Discourse’, ‘Shakespeare under the Iranian Eye’ ‘Shakespeare and Adaptation’, ‘Radical Shakespeare’, ‘Shakespeare and Mysticism’ and ‘Shakespeare and Popular Culture’. Organized by the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, the University of Tehran, the conference will run from October 22 through October 23, 2014 in Tehran.
The AT&T Performing Arts Center and Shakespeare Dallas are collaborating to present all the works of William Shakespeare. In the series, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, every play and sonnet written by the Bard will be performed in staged readings in the intimate setting of Hamon Hall in the Winspear Opera House. The next production in this five-year partnership is Coriolanus. Ah, poor Coriolanus, the brave general but unsympathetic aristocrat, who must deal with the attacking enemy and his enemies at home, as well.
Sacramento Shakespeare Festival will be holding auditions for their 29th season on April 28 & 29. This season will see Much Ado About Nothing set post WW I, Downton Abbey style and The Three Musketeers set in classic cavalier style. All roles currently available. Non-equity only. Visit us for details.
450th Birthday Celebration
As we get closer to April 23rd, celebrations are starting to pop up. Where will you be on the big day?
William Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564. And, 450 years later, OrangeMite Studios will host a celebration of his contribution to art, culture, and literature with a concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 at Dover Area High School, 46 W. Canal St., Dover.
This is a big year for the Bard, with his 450th birthday and all. Check out this listing of celebrations…if you go to one, please share your story with us!
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