April 24th and 25th: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – A Maryland Shakespeare Festival “Bare Bard”!

The Maryland Shakespeare Festival is celebrating their last “Bare Bard” of the season with Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I’m overjoyed they’ve chosen to do Midsummer, but saddened by the fact that the another season has come to an end. I’ve been following the MSF’s for two years now and have seen them do ten plays, eight of them as Bare Bard’s. I really should thank them for fostering much of my love of Shakespeare. For Showing me that Shakespeare is not just some stiff old white guy bleating some uncomprehendable, un-understandable, and totally nonsensical dialogue.  Instead they helped to show me that in reality Shakespeare can be fast, loose and funny at times. And weighty, dark, and deep at other times.

Yes I have seen Shakespeare performed by various other companies, and enjoy seeing the different takes, views, and ideas that they all bring to the same material. But the Maryland Shakespeare Festival has always seemed more like a down to earth, community based Shakespeare Company. Not to mention, the actors in the Bare Bards come from around the country to perform with the MSF on a voluntary, and unpaid basis. Simply for the learning experience, training, and the chance to do something they obviously love. They are always friendly and chose to hang around after Sundays show for an open discussion, and to answer any audience questions.

I really didn’t intend to write all this, but when I saw this was going to be the last Bare Bard of the season, it kinda took me back those last two years and all great plays I’ve seen. And in reality if I didn’t write about it here, then who would I tell? Considering all my friend’s are watching American Idol, and Dancing with the Stars (Yech), while I’m re-reading A Midsummer Night’s dream in anticipation of the next Bare Bard.

Link: Maryland Shakespeare Festivals – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

April 24th at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 25th at 2 p.m. Sunday’s performance will be followed by a celebratory cake-cutting ceremony with Shelly Aloi, representing the mayor of Frederick, and a post-show discussion.

FREE April 12-18: WILLPOWER 2010 – At The Montgomery College Rockville Campus

WillPower 2010

Well’ I almost missed this one, many Kudos go out to the WebMistress of the blog “Or What You Will” for passing this along! I can’t believe in all my web wanderings I didn’t catch this one.

WillPower 2010 at the Montgomery College Rockville Campus, a week long event of free lectures and classes focusing on Shakespeare Study’s. There are workshops  like “‘The Structure of Shakespeare’s Verse.” (Ms. Becky Kemper, Maryland Shakespeare Festival), and “‘Body Language: Translating Shakespeare’s Language into Movement.” (Ms. Katherine Long, Former Company Member of Synetic Theatre).

There will also be several performances of A Midsummers Night’s Dream performed by MC Students. The performance is $10, $8 for students. All other events are FREE.

I went to several of the events last year and found them very informative, and quite fun. So’ for the low, low price of FREE, if your looking for something to do next week, I would suggest popping down to Rockville for WillPower  2010.

April 12th to the 18th

Link: http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/willpower/ – Ignore the fact the page says 2009. The PDF Flyer and other doc’s say 2010

link: http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/willpower/WILLPOWER%202010.pdf

FREE April 20: 10 years and going strong – Shakespeare’s Birthday at the Library of Congress

Hey – Shakespeare’s birthday is this month, and if this year is like last year, there will be lots of interesting things going on… And I’ll hear about them the day after they happen. Or maybe not. Just got an email for the Library of Congress event to add to the calendar.

On Tuesday, April 20, the popular celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday will take place at noon in the Whittall Pavilion in the Jefferson Building. Professional actors from the Academy of Classical Acting associated with the Shakespeare Theatre Company will recite monologues, act out scenes and engage in stage fighting. This is the 10th year “Shakespeare’s Birthday Reading” will be held.

Link: http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2010/10-011.html

April Calendar of Plays – All’s Well and R&J, Hamlet and Midsummer. Happy BDay Willy S.

Well It’s already April and the Spring Season is kicking in.  The birds are singing, the sun is shining, and some of my favorite plays are about to kick off.  So what have we got new for this month?

The top pick for the Month will be:

A Midsummer Nights Dream & Shakespeare Birthday Celebration!!!: Maryland Shakespeare Festival - A “BARE BARD” for one weekend only – April 24 &25th. The Bare Bards are always a lot of fun, and rumor has it,  they have some very special plans lined up For Shakespeare’s Birthday.

Also This Month:

Hamlet: Baltimore Shakespeare Festival – Apr 12 thru 27

Romeo and Juliet: American Shakespeare Center / Blackfriers - April 8 thru June 19

All’s Well that Ends Well: American Shakespeare Center / Blackfriers – April 9 thru June 19

A Midsummer Nights Dream: Montgomery County Players: April 16th thru May 2nd

Hamlet: (DC) Folger Elizabethan Theatre – Apr 21 thru Jun 6.

I’ve yet to see a play at the Folgers, so I’m excited to get a chance to catch Hamlet there. But’  what’s more thrilling then seeing Hamlet? Seeing TWO Hamlets! Considering I haven’t had a chance to see the “Baltimore Shakespeare Festival” either, I may just convince myself that there’s no such thing as to much Hamlet.

If you hear of anything else going on in our area let me know, I’ll get it on the calendar.

MSF – THIS WEEKEND ONLY: Let me know if you were able to fill my seat

I’m about to hit the road and will be gone for the weekend, but wanted to do one more post to get as many people out to Maryland Shakespeare Festivals “Bare Bard” of “Love’s Labour’s Lost”. Only way to keep Shakespeare going in our area, is to support all the local Shakespeare Company’s large and small.

link: http://mdshakes.com

Let me know if you were able to fill my seat, and what you thought of the production!!!

Thanks

FREE this Saturday: Shakespeare and Galileo in Williamsburg VA.

Just got this one to pass on. Looks like some fun educational theater is going on in Williamsburg Virgina. But make your plans quick, it’s happening tomorrow. Here’s what they say on thier website:

Shakespeare and Galileo
Listen in on a hypothetical meeting between two brilliant individuals – William Shakespeare and Galileo Galilei – as they explore the relationship between art and science.

This live theatrical performance is presented by the The Carpenter Science Theatre Company, which brings science to life at the Science Museum of Virginia. Professional actors, directors, playwrights, designers and technicians combine their expertise to educate and entertain all ages with wonderful performances.

Free, no reservations needed

Saturday, March 27
11 a.m.
Kitzinger Community Room
James City County Library
7770 Croaker Road, Norge This program is made possible through a grant from the Friends of Williamsburg Regional

Link: http://www.wrl.org/programs/page9/page9.html

Local Shakespeare – Wow’ is there really that much going on?

The Maryland Shakespeare Festival - What a setting!

As most people may guess by now I really, really like Shakespeare. So far this year, since the beginning of 2010, I’ve seen the wonderfully theatrical Henry V at the Sidney Harman hall. I’ve also experienced one of the funniest versions I’ve yet to see of the Comedy of Errors, performed by a semi-professional troupe out of Baltimore called “The Shakespeare Factory”. I’ve seen one of the most brutal versions of Titus Andronicus EVER performed, aptly called Mondo Andronicus, as presented by The Molotov Theatre Group. And lastly, I had the chance to see Romeo and Juliet presented by the Maryland Shakespeare Festival as one of their amazing Bare Bards**. Not to mention the Chesapeake Shakespeare’s Pub night’s and other such activities. (Links to all these are on this page)

How lucky is that? All within the first 3 months of 2010, and all pretty much within a 45 minute (or less) drive of Washington DC. People are usually amazed when I tell them how Shakespeare is so alive in our area. That there is on average between 4 and 6 Shakespearean plays going on in any one week (If you include the Blackfriars in Staunton VA  – A must see!).

So’ if you are as dazzled and amazed by how lucky (some would say blessed) we are to have so much Shakespeare around us as I am. Or if not so much dazzled and amazed, but just think “That’s kinda cool”, then I would like to ask a small favor. Just go see a play, it’s  that simple.  With the economy the way it is, the budgets for the arts is getting hammered. I hear it everywhere, for all the Shakespeare companies big and small. But I believe the smaller ones are really getting the worst of it, since they have less to work with anyway, and may need that extra little help.

Now’ there’s one of those Shakespeare companies out there that I’ve kind of adopted. I try to see all their play’s, and want to help out any way I can. They’re also one of those companies that had a budget cut like so many others, and could probably use some outside help. And who would this be, but none other, then the Maryland Shakespeare Festival.

As it happens the  Maryland Shakespeare Festival is doing Love’s Labour’s Lost as a “Bare Bard**” this weekend. While that is great news. The bad news is I won’t be able to see it since I’ll be out of town. I really love watching MSF’s Bare Bard’s**, and really wish I could go. But since I can’t, I’m hoping I can convince someone else to take my seat. Maybe someone new who hasn’t seen the Maryland Shakespeare Festival perform. My hope being to introduce them to something different, fun and unexpected. If you read this and decide to go, let me know what you think.

Link: The Maryland Shakespeare Festival

Link: The Local Shakespeare Events Calendar on this site (Top right hand corner)

**A Bare Bard is where professional actors come from around the county, meet up on Friday, and in 24 hours put on a full production. It’s like seeing Shakespeare on a high wire without a net. There’s no sleepwalking these lines, they are freshly learned and the energy is raw.

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