Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Caesar under the stars

Beginning tonight, Kansas Citians can enjoy fine under-the-stars theater as the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival brings �Julius Caesar� to Southmoreland Park.
Virtually all of Shakespeare is enduring, but �Julius Caesar� is one of the Bard's most fascinating plays for its perspective on historical events created by human ambition and moral dilemmas.
Take a blanket and enjoy the wonderful experience of outdoor theater. It's free although donations are welcomed. People can bring their own picnics or buy food and beverages there. Chairs can be rented. Reserved seating is available for $10."
Shakespeare's 'Winter's Tale' featured in Rowayton
: "'The Winter's Tale,' a romantic parable that carries a family-oriented message of timeless validity, opens a 16-performance run June 17 as this summer's production by Shakespeare on the Sound. at Pinkney Park in Rowayton.
Shakespeare against the backdrop of the setting sun and the bobbing boats on Five-Mile-River has drawn nearly 70,000 to the grass-covered park in the previous eight seasons. Admission is free but a $20 donation--$10 for students�is welcomed. "
Reno Peppermill Hotel Packages for Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: " The Reno Peppermill Hotel Casino has some great room and ticket packages available for the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival from July 15 to August 22, 2004.
Reno, NV (PRWEB) June 15, 2004 -- This year, the Shakespeare Festival will be presenting two Shakespearean classics Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It at the Sand Harbor State Park natural sand amphitheater. These Shakespeare plays, performed at a gorgeous lakeside setting, are a must-see during the summer months in Lake Tahoe. Audiences at this venue experience amazing scenery, including perfect sunsets, moonlit skies, crystal blue waters and the majestic peaks of the Sierra Nevada.

The Peppermill Hotel Casino, named one of the Top 10 hotel casinos in America by MSN with Citysearch, has some great room and ticket packages available for the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival from July 15 to August 22, 2004."

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Shakespeare Silences Guns in Rio Slum
By Peter Blackburn
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - Shakespeare silenced the guns in a no man's land separating two warring Rio de Janeiro gangs on Tuesday night as residents of nearby slums watched Brazilian TV stars perform a play about love in time of war.

Actors and an audience of about 1,000 were greeted with a deafening welcome of firecrackers set off by the local Third Command drug gang shortly into the premiere of 'Antony and Cleopatra' in a concrete, open-sided school sports hall. "

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Shakespeare & Company's AS YOU LIKE IT OPENS SEASON
"Love is merely a madness, and I tell you, deserves as well a dark house and a whip as madmen do"

{Lenox, MA}-- William Shakespeare's pastoral romance, As You Like It, transforms Founders' Theatre this summer into a fantasyland of possibility. Directed by Artistic Associate Eleanor Holdridge, As You Like It runs June 18 through August 29, preceded by free Prelude performances outdoors. Press Opening is June 26 at 7:30 pm. Please note, all evening performances for Founders' Theatre begin at 7:30.

Shakespeare & Co.'s As You Like It with Susannah Millonzi as Phebe, Sarah Rafferty as Rosalind.
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Shakespeare & Co.'s As You Like It with left to right: Dan McCleary as Silvius,Susannah Millonzi as Phebe, Sarah Rafferty as Rosalind - Kevin Sprague
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Stratford Festival does its best with talky 'Timon'


After the first act of Shakespeare's 'Timon of Athens' at Stratford, one wonders why it's staged so rarely. Stephen Ouimette's imaginative, modern-dress production looks like something out of 'The Great Gatsby,' sounds a little like disco night at some trendy club and feels a bit like 'Waiting for Godot.' It's stylish, it's got attitude, the characters are sharply delineated, and their motivations are clear, all of which make the plot easy to follow: Timon, an incredibly wealthy man whose friends desert him when he runs out of money, leaves home and, shades of King Lear, stands out in the rain and rails against the failings of humankind"

Shakespeare Beaten by Football Gangs
by Gustavo Gonzalez

SANTIAGO, Jun 12 (IPS) - In the umpteenth adaptation of a William Shakespeare classic, first-time director Sebastian Araya has set the story of Romeo and Juliet in Chile and the world of 'barras bravas', the often violent groups of fans of professional football. The critics see it as a Chilean film industry tragedy.

”Azul y blanco” (Blue and White) premiered in 26 cinemas last month, will never be the box office success that its producers hoped for this film. It delves into the rivalry of two of the country's leading football clubs and uses as a marketing ploy the big screen debut of Ivan Zamorano, Chilean football's biggest star today.
Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Production in the UK on Touchstone
Touchstone is a research Web site for Shakespeare in the United Kingdom.
With Touchstone you can:
*Submit questions to the Shakespeare Enquiry Service
*Locate significant and rare Shakespeare resources in the UK
*Discover information on forthcoming events such as conferences, lectures, and exhibitions
*Identify forthcoming UK Shakespeare productions and search a database on previous productions
*Track down information on Shakespeare Societies and associations
*Follow links to useful www sites

The site is currently maintained by Jim Shaw, Librarian of the Shakespeare Institute Library, in partnership with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and Birmingham Central Library.

Saturday, June 05, 2004

Royal Shakespeare Company Will Teach and Perform At Davidson College During Residencies in 2005-2009
DAVIDSON, N.C., June 4 (AScribe Newswire) -- It won't exactly be Stratford-upon-Avon, but this historic college town might be referred to as 'Davidson-on-Lake Norman' for the next four years, as Davidson College again hosts the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) on its campus. Two years ago, nearly fifty members of the company spent two weeks at Davidson, teaching and presenting eleven performances of The Merchant of Venice.
The college has now contracted four additional annual residencies from 2005- 2009 that will immerse the campus in the Bard's stagecraft, literary genius, and lessons for life.
RSC actors and educational staff will spend about two weeks on campus each year, beginning March 6-20, 2005. They will take part in dozens of Davidson classes across the curriculum, and present public workshops. During 2005 and 2007, they will also present full productions of Shakespearean plays in the Duke Family Performance Hall. Those scheduled for 2005 are The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Julius Caesar.

Friday, June 04, 2004

WorkingForChange-Shakespeare turns a spotlight on Bush and Iraq
Bush, like Henry V, engaged in war of choice to distract his people

By Arianna Huffington

As our anger, anguish and anxiety about Iraq continue to mount, I find myself looking for clarity and understanding not in the media's daily play-by-play, which confuses more than it illuminates (Did we win in Fallujah or get our butts kicked?), but rather in Shakespeare's 'Henry V.' I've found it contains far more truth about our present situation than anything coming out of the White House or the Pentagon"

Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre takes on 'The Winter's Tale'

By DEBBIE CARTER, Staff Writer
Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre surprised audiences with a take on 'Julius Caesar' last year that included four-wheelers, soldiers in desert camouflage and modern warfare.
So what is the theater company up to this year?
'The Winter's Tale,' which opens next week, will plunge Fairbanks back into its longest season--temporarily. The set will include an ice rink and a ski ramp. Skaters and curlers are expected, as well as a dog team and snowball fights. At least one actor will make a skiing entrance down a 30-foot slope covered by white Astroturf."
"Much Ado About Women in All-Female Shakespeare Cast
LONDON (Reuters) - It wouldn't have happened in Shakespeare's day -- women on stage in his theater in one of his plays. Not only that, but women playing men!
But that has not deterred the all-female cast of the comedy 'Much Ado About Nothing,' being staged at London's Globe Theater, who work on the premise that women can portray men better than men can play women.
The play, part of the Star-Crossed Lovers season at the Globe -- a lovingly rebuilt replica standing 100 yards from the original site of Shakespeare's own theater destroyed by fire in 1613 -- runs to the end of June. "

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Shakespeare inspires new composition
By VIVA SARAH PRESS for The Jerusalem Post

Before Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet descends into madness, she mutters: 'Good night ladies, good night sweet ladies.'

It is this text that jumped out at composer Ella Milch-Sheriff when she was skimming through the English playwright's works in search of text around which to compose her latest work.

The Ra'anana Symphonette had requested her to arrange a work centered on Shakespeare's canon, and she chose to focus on the three dominant female characters in the tragedies Hamlet, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet: Ophelia, Desdemona, and Juliet.
The world premiere of 'Good Night Sweet Ladies' will take place at Yad Lebanim in Ra'anana.

If Milch-Sheriff's past work is anything to go by, this latest work is sure to be a success. In March 2003, her piece 'Can Heaven Be Void for Singer, Narrator, and Orchestra' was premiered by the Ra'anana Symphonette and went on to win great acclaim from critics and audiences. The piece, based on texts from a diary written by the composer's father during the Holocaust, has since been performed in Europe and the US. "