My backyard in Silver Spring Maryland this morning

In winter with warm tears I’ll melt the snow
And keep eternal spring-time on thy face.

Titus Andonicus

3 Shakespeare related goals this week

Okay I had 3 Shakespeare related goals this week:

One, was to watch Romeo and Juliet on DVD after finally seeing it live, but NOOooo. I lost electricity for 48 hours over the weekend and didn’t get the chance yet (Not to mention the temperature dropped to 41 degrees before the heat came back on).

Two,  I was  hoping to catch the Chesapeake Shakespeare Pub Night, but now it Looks like we are getting another foot of snow tomorrow, and they JUST plowed my roads 3 days AFTER the last snow storm.

And finally, number three. This weekend I am looking forward to maybe seeing “The Comedy of Errors”  by the The Shakespeare Factory. But  Considering all the days this week I spent ice bound inside my house, I have a lot of things on my list to get done this weekend, and getting to a play may not be one of them.

Which of course reminds me of what a very wise man once told me, “You can plan a camping trip, but cha’ can’t plan the weather”.

Richard II: $10 Snow Special (Normally $70.00!!!) – But stay safe

Just got this email (And my electricity back temporarily I think), this afternoon and I couldn’t dig myself out of the snow. I have snow drifts over 3 feet high so I am STUCK for the night, but maybe someone else might be looking for something to do.  Have fun and be safe!

Shakespeare Theatre Company

$10 Snow Day Offer for Tonight Only!

As they say in theatre, the show must go on! We invite you to join us for tonight’s 7:30 p.m. performance of Richard II with this special snow day offer of only $10 per ticket.

Richard II explores the lavish reign of King Richard as his former supporters abandon him for his charismatic cousin in a politically charged battle for the throne. Director Michael Kahn’s previous examination of this troubled leader was hailed by The New York Times as “an evening of dynamic jolts and surprises.”

Buy Online – $10 Tickets

Offer valid for tonight at 7:30 p.m. only. Subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer or previously purchased tickets. All sales are final, no refinds or exchanges.

Shakespeare Theatre Company
Administrative Offices
516 8th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003-2834

For tickets call 202.547.1122
or visit ShakespeareTheatre.org

A Midsummer Nights Dream: Montgomery County Players

I just got the word that The Montgomery County Playhouse in Gaithersburg (formed in 1926) will be performing A Midsummer Nights Dream this April… I’m not a “Theater” person, and have no clues about the various company’s in the area, but looking at their website it seems they’ve had a long and prestigious run. Having Goldie Hawn (an Oscar winner), and Tony award winner George Grizzard perform on their stage in the past. With “Midsummer” being one of my favorite’s I will definitely check this one out. (That’ll be two Midsummers in 2010 I will be catching so far.)

Please visit them at: http://www.montgomeryplayhouse.org/season.htm

Richard II: Convince me to spend the money

Update: Feb. 18, 2010. We  finally made a play at the Sidney Harmon Hall, where we happened to meet:
Sidney Harman Hall  House Managers Extraordinaire

Well’ I’m going back and forth on this one…

I have seen Richard II  once before, but the production was my least favorite of the 20 or so Shakespeares I’ve seen live. I actually left the play feeling kinda bored… But then after reading the play (Which was great!),  I saw the DVD version with Derek Jacobi and was dazzled. After that it became one of my favorites… So now the question is, do I want to spend the bucks to see Richard II performed by The Shakespeare theatre Company in DC? I’ve never been to the Sidney Harman Hall to see a Shakespeare theatre  Company performance, but I understand they do a fantastic job. Normally I go to smaller venues because I believe Shakespeare is best experienced in an open, lights on kinda fashion… All the glam in the world cannot make Shakespeare sound better.

But there is a wide range of ticket prices from $20.00 to $72.00 for this production. So for $20 am I stuck in nose bleed seats catching maybe every other word? Or for $72 do I get caviar and a foot massage?

I guess I’m just hoping someone will convince me to spend the hard earned cash, and let me know what the best seats are for the buck… Cause after reading the play and then seeing the DVD I really want to give this play another chance live.

You can email me at Jamie@marylandshakespeare.com or just click on the comment link below.

MSF: Romeo and Juliet last weekend.

Romeo and Juliet Bare Bard

The Maryland Shakespeare Festival did a really great Bare Bard of Romeo and Juliet last weekend. If you weren’t there you missed something special. And what a bargain with the Bare Bards being only $15. Sure beats $70 for the same seats at one of the larger venues… Of course that $70 buys some REALLY nice costumes and you also get an espresso bar! (But at the MSF you can get a nice coffee mug for $5).

Romeo & Juliet This weekend: A Maryland Shakespeare Festival’s Bare Bard

Just a quick reminder, this weekend is Romeo & Juliet performed by the Maryland Shakespeare Festival.  This will done “Bare Bard” style, and will only be a two day event:
Saturday, January 23rd at 8pm
Sunday, January 24th at 2pm. A discussion will follow Sunday’s performance

I have been to pretty much all the Bare Bards over the past couple of years, and seen some of my favorite live versions of Shakespeare this way. For more details visit the MSF at:  http://mdshakes.com

Keep in mind if you want to continure seeing Shakespeare locally, please consider making a donation when you visit their site.

2010 is starting with a BANG!!!

WOW!! I really, really, really need to get my 2010 calender started… This season is really starting to kick butt… Richard II, Romeo and Juliet, Comedy of Errors,  and Henry V, all within the next month, in the DC Area… Henry IV part II and Twelfth Night are only hours away.

I’ve yet to see  Romeo and Juliet live, which the Maryland Shakespeare Festival is putting on as a Bare Bard (Which are energetically awsome!) January 23rd at 8pm and Sunday, January 24th at 2pm.

Also I have not seen Henry IV part II, which will be at the Blackfriers theater in Staunton. This is part of the ongoing series performing all the Shakespeare Histories in order… Last year I was able to catch Richard II and Henry IV part I (Falstaff Rules!), and looking forward to continuing the trend.

So for now, in two weeks I will be in Frederick to see “Romeo and Juliet”

BARGAIN: KING LEAR $10 May 16 & 17 at the Maryland Shakespeare Festival

LEAR copyMan!… I’m going on my Honeymoon starting this weekend and for some reason I thought I’d be back in time for the Maryland Shakespeare Festivals last Experimental Bare Bard of the season, not to mention one of my favorites, King Lear. Some of the best, most liveliest productions I’ve seen over the past year have been the Bare Bards, and I’m actually kinda sad that I’m going to miss this one.

O’ well… My stongest suggestion is, to do yourself a favor and check out this Bare Bard. And remember, if ya got an extra buck or two (Or $10,000 is what they are in need  of?)… Please make a donation and help them out, and the rest of our community in the process… Let’s keep Shakespeare alive.

Link: http://mdshakes.com/performance.html

Richard II On DVD: 1978 Staring Derek Jacobi

djacobi_richardI just recently  watched Richard II from the “BBC’s Complete works of Shakespeare” DVD collection, and thought I would pass this on. I had watched this DVD without reading any reviews, so I went in with no expectations. Not to mention I had read that this was one of the more difficult plays to perform, so that lowered my expectations even more. And last, but not least,  the live version I’d recently seen was probably the least favorite of all the Shakespearean productions I had ever seen… period!. So’  if on this DVD, Derek Jacobi came out dressed in a duck suit, and quacked out the Soliloquy from Hamlet I would not have been surprised, and all my expectations would have been met. (Okay’ Now I’m just being silly, and the live version I saw really was not that bad, it just felt two dimensional and I didn’t like the way Richard was portrayed.)

So I popped in the DVD and… Wow! No’ Really, Wow… Derek Jacobi owned this role. I am not a critic who can analyze Shakespeare line and verse, but I do know when I have seen something amazing, and this left me stunned. If you are a Shakespeare, or Derek Jacobi fan, do yourself a favor and check out this version. You can rent it  at Netflix.com (Cheap), or buy it from Amazon.com for $130 as part of the BBC Shakespeare Histories 5 play collection.  Or you can do what I did an go to Amazon UK and buy the BBC’s  Complete works of Shakespeare (Same as the 5 above plus the rest) on DVD for about $122.00 plus shipping directly from  England. Keep in mind if you order from Amazon UK, these disks will not play on your standard DVD player unless that player can handle Region 2 DVD’s or your DVD player is region free. (leave a comment if you need more details).

If you want more details about this DVD you can check out the info at imdb.com where you will find a ton of reviews, casting information, ect.

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