Welcome back to Speak the Speech, Shakespeare Performance News. I hope you enjoyed Mel’s post last week about some of the US’s smaller Shakespeare companies. She’ll be back again the first week of July. Summer is gearing up all over and productions are opening. Rehearsals for others are well under way and the excitement is mounting. Let’s take a look!
Shakespeare On Stage
Repertory Theatre of Iowa presents The Merchant of Venice at Salisbury House & Garden and Tempestuous, an adaptation of The Tempest, at the Simon Estes Amphitheatre starting this Thursday, June 19. Merchant has a Garden Party attached, a fundraiser, and Tempestuous anchors the Shakespearience Festival. Both happen this weekend, so don’t miss out.
Shakespearience Festival in Iowa, photo by Mark Marturello.
The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane is shaking things up. Their upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be a “multimedia smorgasbord” with graduate students in the design roles, promising a sight to remember. But even more interesting is their two=part reading: The Luna Series: An Exploration of Shakespeare’s Women, featuring a performance art piece June 18 starring Heather Hansen and a series of performances by male actors as some of the Bard’s iconic female characters — all in conjunction with upstart company Compleat Stage.
Sacramento Shakespeare Festival announces Pay What You Will Thursdays for the 29th Season productions of Much Ado About Nothing and The Three Musketeers. Join Much Ado on July 17 and Three Musketeers on July 31 and pay…what you will! The Festival runs July 5 – Aug. 3 in William Land Park.
Kentucky Shakespeare is going to take on three plays this summer, the first time in 25 years. Matt Wallace is bringing A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet and Henry V to the Central Park stage, newly renovated to resemble Shakespeare’s Globe. This is a bold move, using one company of actors and then inviting other companies to perform on this same stage after the festival closes. Check them out!A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Kentucky Shakespeare
A new production by Jobsite Theatre, the professional theater company in residence at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, opens this week. Return to the Forbidden Planet, a musical adaptation of The Tempest, beat out Miss Saigon in 1898 for the Olivier Awards. This delightful musical opens tonight and runs until July 6.
Bard on the Beach has revisited most of Shakespeare’s plays during the years but as part of its 25th anniversary season the company’s artistic director Christopher Gaze decided to remount two of Bard’s most successful productions — director Meg Roe’s staging of The Tempest and Dean Paul Gibson’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Check out the video as many original cast members return for the anniversary season. Bard on the Beach 25th Anniversary Season.
A Shakespearean Summer: Shakespeare will be all over northwest Indiana this summer: indoors and outdoors, in a garden and even by the beach. So whether you are a longtime fan, eager for an introduction to his works for children, looking for a unique outing or even a freebie, there will be a broad range of options. Mark your calendar for these upcoming performances of Shakespeare’s works: Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night. The Gary Shakespeare Co.’s current production of Romeo and Juliet has been held over, with additional performances Thursday night, Friday and Sunday at 500 S. Lake St. in Gary’s Miller neighborhood.
The People’s Shakespeare Project (TPSP) will present eight outdoor performances (weather permitting) of one of Shakespeare’s most rollicking and sometimes controversial comedies, Taming of the Shrew. All performances will be held on an outdoor stage next to The Swan Pond in the middle of Millersville University’s campus. Each evening starts with live music at 7 p.m. The play begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. The final Saturday performance on June 28 will be open-captioned. There is no ticket price, however there is a suggested donation of $5.
Brevity is the soul of wit…as is evidenced by this enthralling production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) produced by Manama Theatre Club.
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