This is part of an ongoing series of regional Shakespeare coverage. Kelly Dowling here, with the latest in Shakespeare from the Mid-Atlantic.
Hello everyone, and welcome to the new weekly post that will highlight where YOU can get your Shakespeare fix here in the lovely Mid-Atlantic region!
Just what part of the country constitutes the Mid-Atlantic? Well (according to our friends at Wikipedia), that would be the great states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and everyone’s favorite capital city/non-state, Washington D.C.
“But Kelly…” you ask, “how will you possibly highlight all the wonderful and weird Shakespeare events over such a large area? Is this your highly paying, full-time job?”
To which I answer …no, no, a thousand times NO. 🙁
So that’s where all you Mid-Atlantic readers come in. If there is something happening in your neck of the woods, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject Line WHERE’S WILL) so I can include it. I really want to cover a wide range of events for ALL BUDGETS produced by any and all types of theatre companies! And just to keep it fun I have decided to institute a points system for bragging rites. In December, one Mid-Atlantic state (or non-state/DC) will be awarded the Kelly Dowling “Most Shakespeare-iest Mid Atlantic State” award. (And don’t despair, little states/non-states/DC! There will be points adjustments related to population for the final tally!)
Here’s a few I gathered for this week, thanks to Google and budget ticketing site Goldstar – (Goldstar prices notated with a * – Remember, a few dollars in processing charges will also apply.)
MID ATLANTIC MASTERPIECE: (My must see for the week!) – New York, New York: Gary Busey’s One Man Hamlet – Fri. 9/26 9:00pm – Tickets $9*-18.00 (NY earns 10 extra points!)
NEW YORK (14)
New York City: Drunk Shakespeare,presents Shakespeare, Under the Influence – Wed. 9/22-Sat. 9/27 & Mon. 9/29 8:00pm, Fri. 9/26 & Sat.. 9/27 10pm – Tickets $19*-37.00
New York City: The Theatre Project presents Macbeth (with a 1920’s speakeasy theme) – Fri. 9/26 & Sat. 9/27 8:00pm, Sun. 9/28 2pm – Tickets $8.50*-$60
NEW JERSEY (0)
Come on, Jersey!!!! Don’t rest on New York’s laurels!
Philadelphia: Annenberg Center hosts The Globe’s tour of King Lear – Wed. 9/24 & Thurs. 9/25 7:30pm, Fri. 9/26 & Sat. 9/27 2pm & 8pm – Tickets $20-65
*Bonus points for Pennsylvania because this production stars Geoffrey from Fresh Prince of Bel Air!!!! (Who is actually Joseph Marcell – and is probably tired of being called Geoffrey!)
They have a festival in the summer, but SURELY there’s some high school Shakespeare happening somewhere???
Baltimore: Chesapeake Shakespeare Company christens their fancy new downtown building with A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Thurs. 9/25-Sat. 9/27 8:00pm, Sat. 9/27 2pm & 8pm, Sun. 9/28 2pm & 7pm – Tickets $15-36.00
Crownsville, The Maryland Renaissance Festival presents Shakespeare and Shakespeare themed variety acts that are tons o’ fun (especially if you’ve tossed back a couple mugs of mead) – Sat. 9/27 & Sun. 9/28 – Tickets $10-22.00
Staunton: The American Shakespeare Center presents: Pericles – Wed 9/24 7:30pm (with pre-show chat at 5:30) Sat. 9/27 2pm, Macbeth – Thurs. 9/25 10:30am (with actor talk back to follow), Edward II (Christopher Marlowe) – Fri 9/26 7:30pm, The Comedy of Errors – Sun 9/28 2pm – Tickets $14-37.00
Richmond: Henley Street Theatre/Richmond Shakespeare present Equivocation (a play ABOUT, not BY, William Shakespeare), Thurs. 9/25 7pm, Fri 9/26-Sat 9/27 8pm, Sat 9/27 & Sun 9/28 2pm – Tickets $10-46.00
WEST VIRGINIA (0)
Call up Jersey and Delaware…see if you can get something happening here!
WASHINGTON DC (4)
Folger Shakespeare Library will wow you with a FREE reading room tour (advanced registration required – Sat. 9/27 12pm – Tickets FREE OR you can toss them some money for Courting Elizabeth: Music & Patronage in Shakespeare’s England – Fri 9/26 8pm (pre-concert discussion 7pm) , Sat 9/27 5pm & 8pm, Sun 9/28 2pm – Tickets $37.
Now that you have some ideas, get out there and grab some Mid-Atlantic events by the Bards!