“Learning Shakespeare: A Layman’s Guide” updated with “Step 3) Watch the DVD”

Wow, creating  this “Laymans Guide” is taking more time then I thought it would. I had started Step 3 two days ago, had it typed up for the most part, then lost half of it and had to start over again.

I love watching Shakespeare on DVD, the section “Step 3″ describes the methods I use to track down the best versions to watch. I hope you find it helpful.

Heres the link: Learning Shakespeare: A Layman’s Guide

FREE!! This Weekend “As You Like It” in Olney Maryland

ayli-prod-11Get geared up for this weekend for some FREE Shakespeare! The “National Players”, who happen to be the longest running classical touring company in the United States, will be performing “As You Like It” this weekend in Olney Maryland. I really wish the timing was better (Honeymoon and all) cause I would really  would have loved to check out this production!

So’ don’t let the recession get you down… Pack up the kids and head to Olney.  Hey’ here’s a thought,  ya wanna take someone on a cheap date, AND look cultured at the same time? Then Shakespeare is it, and here is your chance.

Remember’ If you don’t support local Shakespeare, there won’t be any local Shakespeare.

As You Like It May 8 & 9, 7:30 PM.

Link:  http://nationalplayers.tripod.com/index.html

FREE! May 8th & 9th Olney Maryland: National Players As You Like It

poster_ayliOkay, now this is getting bad… I am going on my honeymoon the same weekend that the National Players are set to perform “As You Like It” just 20 minutes north of me in Olney, another play I haven’t seen! Worse yet, it’s FREE!!! As I stated before, I love reading Shakespeare, but won’t read a play till I have seen it live first. I’ve seen 12 so far and figure at this rate I should be done with all his plays in about 10 or 15 years. Which if ya think about it is kinda cool (Anticipation and all that)… Anyway’ enough about my adventures in Shakespeareland,  Here’s the details.

As You Like It May 8 & 9, 7:30 PM.

Link:  http://nationalplayers.tripod.com/index.html

Note of interest: The “National Players” is the longest-running classical touring company in the United States.

FREE: See Past Productions of Area Plays Free.

Here’s a cool tid-bit passed to me:

Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive – Past performances for public viewing.

Now’ I am not a theater person so I’ve never heard of this, but this may be old news to everyone else.  There’s a local organization that professionally records live theater in the Washington area. Although this is of great interest to scholars and students of theater I’m sure, this might also be cool for someone like me . Not being a scholar or a student I come at Shakespeare the  same way I listen to music. I never listen just once, and I like to find as many live variations as possible. As Lincoln said, “”It matters not to me whether Shakespeare be well or ill acted; with him the thought suffices.”

The only down side is you cannot watch at home, but the upside is they can be watched  at a couple of locations, including the University of Maryland (just down the road from me).  So’ if ya want to catch a play a second time, this may be an option.

Link:  http://www.wapava.org/gen.php Click on “Video Archive” and do a “Keyword” search for Shakespeare (Or other interest). Click on “View Shows” to see viewing locations.

From their website:

“WAPAVA pays professional videographers, who with our post-production facility, support WAPAVA by charging us substantially less than market rates. Nevertheless, we are only able to videotape productions where the theatre (or, less frequently, a donor) is able to support the cost of recording and editing. Shows from smaller (and possibly more adventurous) theatres are under-represented.
In 2006, WAPAVA recorded thirty-one productions for the Taylor Collection.”

FREE April 13th : Folger’s – Shakespeare Birthday Lecture: “Sensational Shakespeare”

Reactions to Shakespeare have varied from tears to rapture to outrage. Professor Russell Jackson looks at historical performances to explore how extreme staging and audience responses have produced “Sensational Shakespeare.”

April 13,   8pm at the Folger’s Elizabethan Theatre

See link for Details http://www.folger.edu/woSummary.cfm?woid=499

FREE: April 23rd ASC Does Shakespeare’s Birthday plus more…

Shakespeares BirthdayIt seems the American Shakespeare Center would like to invite you to a special celebration of William Shakespeare’s Birthday happening on April 23rd with cake and contests , and much mirth and merriment.  RSVP requested, more details at this Link: http://www.americanshakespearecenter.com/v.php?pg=380

BUT… That’s not all, as  I was bouncing around their web  site to see what else was going on that weekend, it turns out on  Saturday the 25th they’re having their annual  “Stark Raving Sane Benefit” at 5:30 pm at the  Blackfriars Playhouse. Looks like it will be a lot of fun also, so check out that  Link: http://www.americanshakespearecenter.com/calendar.php?d=%272009-04-25%27

If you do decide to go to Staunton you can check out this prior post  for ideas about where to eat, stay etc…   Link:  Staunton VA, and the American Shakespeare Center. The best hidden spot in the world.

FREE April 21 – “Shakespeare’s Birthday” Poetry at the Library Of Congress

April 21 – “Shakespeare’s Birthday” Poetry at Noon reading features professional actors from Michael Kahn’s,  “George Washington University Academy of Classical Acting” reading from the plays and sonnets. Members of the audience may also read from the Bard’s works, noon-1 p.m., Whittall Pavilion.

http://www.loc.gov/poetry/events.html

FREE! April 7th Romeo and Juliet: A Staged Reading at the University of Baltimore

romeo-and-julietJust got an email (Thanks Aaron) about a FREE  staged reading of Romeo and Juliet… Since I haven’t seen a full blown production of this play yet, I think I’ll skip this.  But if I had seen it already, I would most likely go, close my eyes and just absorb.

University of Baltimore Student Center Performing Arts Theater

Tue Apr 7 at  8pm

21 W Mount Royal Ave Baltimore, MD

Jump the link for more detail:

http://www.ubalt.edu/news/index.cfm?id=1001

ASC does a Comedy of Errors – A Free show that was pure fun… Hamlet Next!

asc-logo-on-tour21Okay’ Just a quick note after seeing the American Shakespeare Centers “Comedy of Errors” at the “Will Power Festival” in Rockville… I had never seen the American Shakespeare Centers traveling company before, but I am glad to be able to tell you they have the same magic as their Stanton brethren. The house was packed and belly laughs were to be had. If you weren’t there you missed out on a fun night.

Now ‘ If you didn’t  make this show I would strongly suggest you make it tomorrow for ASC’s Hamlet, cause I have a feeling this is gonna be good. Think of it as a cheap date (FREE)… Tell your potential date it’s JUST like Mel Gibsons Hamlet but with REAL actors… JUST KIDDING!!! Tell them it  IS  Mel Gibson, but he’s such a great actor, once he gets into a part, you would never know it was him (And how he lost 30 years, gained 20 pounds and grew 6 inches just for this role?)…

Anyway… Don’t miss it… And as usual they accept donations. So’ give what you can, if you can, or later on when you can… it all helps.

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