Category Archives: Shakespeare

Give The Gift That Keeps Giving

Dear Friends,

Looking for that perfect gift for the theatre lover in your life?  We have a fantastic idea for this holiday season gift giving: give them a Membership in the Shakespeare Society!

You know, we have spent a lot of time in our lives thinking about Shakespeare. We find it an interesting thought that there have been many famous playwrights throughout the years—like Tennessee Williams—who’s first play we produced—and George Bernard Shaw, Eugene O’Neill, Gilbert and Sullivan and more—but none, despite how good they were and are, are in the same league with Shakespeare.  And it’s now 400 years later!

Plus, we feel this is a noteworthy society of which to be a member:

The Shakespeare Society was founded Adriana Mnuchin and Nancy Becker founded The Shakespeare Society in 1997 for people who share a passion for Shakespeare and an enduring desire to understand and appreciate the greatest playwright of the English language.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Shakespeare Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the enjoyment, understanding, and appreciation of William Shakespeare’s works through performance, commentary, and educational activities.

A fundamental belief of the founders of The Shakespeare Society is that enjoying and understanding Shakespeare begins in the classroom; therefore, a portion of the Society’s membership dollars is used to support educational activities in New York City schools.

It’s a fantastic organization and they have numerous levels to fit into any holiday budget—it’s priceless!  Of course, a portion of the membership fee is tax deductible, so it’s a win-win for everyone!

Click here for more information about the various levels and what each provide

Happy Holidays!

Philip & Marilyn

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One Take Shakespeare

Dear Friends,

We recently read about an extraordinary opportunity from the Donmar Warehouse in conjunction with St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn for young ladies aged 13-18 years old:  record a 90 second video performing Shakespeare!

The two best entries will win tickets to the performance of Donmar’s production of Henry IV at St. Ann’s Warehouse—with an all-female cast.

According to Donmar, whose original One Take Shakespeare competition ran last year in London:

Alongside our all-female production of HENRY IV, we wanted to challenge young women across the country to make Shakespeare their own by recording themselves performing a speech from one of his plays, written for a male character.

Ninety seconds, no props, no special effects – just you, a camera, and the world’s greatest playwright. You can record your speech in your bedroom, in the car, at school or in the park – wherever you want. This is your chance to be the King of Scotland or the Prince of Denmark, a local drunk, a mighty warrior or a hopeless romantic.  Even if you have never attempted to say a Shakespeare speech out loud before, give it a try!

What a fantastic opportunity for young ladies!  If you know anyone in the age group that is interested, please please pass along the information above to them!

Deadline for the competition is December 4th and more details are here or you can email them onetakeshakespeare@donmarwarehouse.com

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The Year of Shakespeare

Dear Friends,

In our newsletter today, we want to tell you about an amazing new happening in Chicago. They are having a yearlong celebration of Shakespeare, including theatre, dance, music, art, and literature.  It’s all here for you below!

Best regards,

Philip

Chicago Shakespeare

“Chicago hosts largest global celebration of Shakespeare’s 400-year legacy in 2016 featuring theater, dance, music, art, literature and cuisine

Yesterday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was joined by Chicago Shakespeare Theater Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, Executive Director Criss Henderson, and leaders of the City’s cultural institutions to announce Shakespeare 400 Chicago—a yearlong international arts festival in 2016 celebrating the playwright’s vibrancy, relevance and reach. As the world commemorates four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, this Quadricentennial festival explores how his words continue to live in Chicago—uniting our city’s cultural, creative and educational institutions, and welcoming leading artists from around the globe to make Chicago their stage.”

To read more, watch videos, or request a brochure, go to The Shakespeare 400 Chicago website.

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