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Speak the Speech: Shakespeare Performance News for the Week of October 20, 2011

By October 20, 2011 No Comments

The great thing about Shakespeare is the strange and varied company he keeps. This week’s performance roundup features appearances from a Nobel Prize winner and former First Daughter, as well as Radiohead and Quentin Tarantino.

Director Peter Sellars and writer Toni Morrison bring their new production Desdemona, a follow-up to Sellars’ controversial 2009 Broadway production of Othello, to UC Berkeley. The play tells the familiar story from Desdemona’s point of view and is notable for being the Nobel Laureate Morrison’s only second foray into drama.

The Utah Shakespeare Festival is seeking funding for a new $2 million theater in Cedar City.

Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton spoke about her love for Shakespeare at a tribute to Shakespeare Theatre artistic direction Michael Kahn in Washington, DC.

The Redlands Shakespeare Festival gets into the spirit of the season and serves up a 90-minute sampler of Shakespeare’s spookiest and goriest scenes as a part of the Haunted Grove Experience in Redlands, CA.

Ballet Marimor fuses Shakespeare and Radiohead for the ballet “Radio and Juliet” at the Meyer Theatre in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The Theatre Asylum in Los Angeles is presenting Pulp Shakespeare, which reworks Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction as a Shakespearean tragedy.

Helen Mirren talks about her role in Julie Taymor’s film version of The Tempest in hopes that the film, which suffered a brief, little-publicized theatrical release, will find a wider audience.

And finally, we remember veteran Shakespearean actor Emery Battis, who died this week at 96. A former professor of history who gave up teaching for acting in the 1950s, Dr. Battis was a longtime mainstay of Washington’s Shakespeare Theatre who played over 90 different Shakespearean roles and performed in every Shakespeare play except Cymbeline.




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