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Speak the Speech | Celebrities, Orwell, & Open-Air | Shakespeare Performance News for the Week of Sept. 27

By September 27, 2012 No Comments

Welcome back to “Speak the Speech”!

Lori Ann here. Exciting stuff going on all around. As we move fully into fall, there is still so much to see, read and hear. What does fall bring for you from Shakespeare land? I’m going to be directing a 5 minute section of a 75 minute Henry V as part of the final leg of my Shakespeare’s Globe Shakespeare Academy. I’ve also got two readings on my horizon – Henry IV Part 1 and Measure for Measure. I’m really excited about all of it…thanks for reading. Now, onto the news.

The San Diego Shakespeare Society’s Annual Celebrity Sonnets at the Old Globe Theatre:  Join them for music, dance, poetry, and just an overall excellent night of theatre.  Celebrities will be giving you a little bit of Shakespeare (14 lines of poetry), each with their own way of presenting. They will have sonnets with tango and ballet, sonnets with music, and sonnets presented at times humorously and dramatically. Stars include: Michael J. Nelson (from Mystery Science Theatre 3000 and rifftrax.com), Jonathan McMurtry (from the Old Globe), and David Brin (sci-fi author).

  • $20 / regular admission, $10 / SDSS members, seniors, students, military
  • October 8 (Monday)
  • Vox Nobili performs outside the Globe starting about 6:30pm
  • Doors Open for seating at 7pm, Performance begins at 7:30pm  (scheduled to end at approximately 9pm)
Devoted and Disgruntled

Improbable’s Devoted and  Disgruntled 2012 Roadshowis asking the question “What’s the Future of Performing Arts?”.  The Royal Shakespeare Company is interested in hearing what you have to say. Join them on Oct. 7 in Stratford-upon-Avon; the event is free.

Folger announces its 2013 Children’s Shakespeare Festival, scheduled for May 2013. Registration will open in Jan. 2013, but it’s never too early to plan.

Pacifica Spindrift Players open Much Ado About Nothing, Friday, Sept. 28 at the PSP theatre.

Hamlet – the sped-up, fed-up version brings new life to the sullen Dane. See what Marco Barricelli brews up at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Dramat at Yale

Shakespeare meets Orwell? In this Yale Dramat production of Measure for Measure he does…come see how it works. Opens Friday, Sept. 28.

Does this new take on Hamlet work?  Check out Cal Shakes’ new production and let us know. I haven’t seen it yet, but am mightily intriqued.

Richmond Shakespeare delivers a King John filled with intrigue. Interim artistic director Jan Powell directs.

Help Mary Riley and Mercia Entertainment bring three great plays to life…and help Mary play her dream role. Mercia joins with York Shakespeare to present “Antony and Cleopatra,” The Merchant of Venice  and The Winter’s Tale.

Shakespeare Dallas puts on a beautiful open air Macbeth

Shakespeare Dallas’ Macbeth

Talk To Us: Have you seen any of the productions mentioned over the last few weeks? Do you think that The Tempest was a good choice for the opening ceremony? Let us know @shakesstandard.

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