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Speak the Speech |Colonialism, Free workshops & Season Announcements| Shakespeare Performance News for the Week of November 15

By November 15, 2012 No Comments

Welcome to Speak the Speech! Once more, unto the breach, dear friends…or at least into performance news for this week. It seems to be a bit slower this week for performance news, but there is still plenty to see.

A new take on Antony and Cleopatra set in Haiti directed by Tarell Alvin McCraney takes the stage next year.

Tarell Alvin McCraney will direct a new version of Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra,” which will premiere next year. (The Public Theater / Associated Press )

Colonialism and racial politics take center stage in this three-company collaboration – Royal Shakespeare Company, GableStage and New York Public Theatre. It premieres in England in November 2013 with stateside perforamances in January 2014.

MacHomer? Ever wondered what Homer Simpson would do with Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Macbeth? See Rick Miller’s one-man show and find out.

One more weekend for Falcon’s Eye Theatre’s production of Romeo  & Juliet..don’t miss it!

As You Like it – give or take 400 years. Originally published in the 1620’s, Tigard High School keeps up with that tradition and sets their production in the Roaring Twenties. This 60 student cast runs Nov. 15 – 17.

Gulf Shakespeare Festival


Gulf Coast Shakespeare announces it’s annual festival – and don’t forget that it’s FREE. IF you are in Fort Meyers, Florida, stop in at the Alliance for the arts and take in a workshop or two.

Two high school casts take on the difficulty of Shylock and The Merchant of Venice in this Weston High School Performance…go see how they handle it.

Texas Shakespeare

The Royal Shakespeare Company presents The Merry Wives of Windsor…the sitcom? According to Scott Jordan Harris, that is exactly what this play is. Queen Elizabeth wanted to see Falstaff in love, so the Bard provided this play. Stop in and see what Harris means.

The 2012 summer festivals in the northern hemisphere have wrapped up, leading the way for 2013 season announcements. Texas Shakepseare steps up and announces their season.

Seattle Shakespeare’s production of Antony and Cleopatra attempts to bring the story to modern audiences but falls short of the goal.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival goes back to purely Bardic roots with their 2013 season announcement. While many seasons have included non-Shakespearean works, the focus this year is on the Bard. See what they will offer.

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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