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The Bard

NYSX – Photos 2019 ShakesBEER – Photos by Martin Harris

Shakespeare speaks to so many of us on so many levels.

It’s not just that he is required reading in our high schools. Nor is it because the stories he re-animated were already timeless and embedded in human consciousness, and then passed down in our experience of the world.

And it probably is not because his playfulness lends his plays so readily to translate into song. The musical theater is rife with musicals,– Kiss Me Kate, Westside Story, Two Gentlemen of Verona are just a few–, that sprung from the Bard’s tales.

There are Shakespeare bar crawls, a populist version of the classic style of presentation when the audience famously ate and drank and talked during the performance. Free Shakespeare in the Parks (courtesy of the Public Theatre) and numerous iterations of the Shakespearean playbook. One of these is the current crossed-gender King Lear with the great Glenda Jackson in the title role.

NYSX – Photos Freestyle Lab Photos by Cristina Lundy

Celebrating Memorial Day with some of Shakespeare’s soldiers in snippets from his plays, New York Shakespeare Exchange‘s Freestyle Lab presents Armor As Strong: Trans Warriors through a Shakespearean Lens, on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 7-9pm (doors open to audience at 6:30pm) at the 53rd Street Library Theater. (This event is free. ) The production features a group of actors from New York’s trans/gender non-conforming community performing speeches and short scenes featuring some of Shakespeare’s best known soldiers.

Inspiring new plays is another way for an old fellow like the Bard to stay current. John Minigan has written a sort of play within a play–and a love story– called Breaking the Shakespeare Code, playing for a two week-run, May 23 – June 2, at The Black Box at 440 Studios. After sold-out runs in Chicago and the New York International Fringe Festival, Breaking the Shakespeare Code  returns directed by Stephen Brotebeck and starring the original cast Miranda Jonte and Tim Weinert .

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Shakespeare At The Bar

It has come to our attention that there are two theatrical companies hard at drink to bring you Shakespeare under the influence.

By W.J. Morgan & Co. Lith. of Cleveland, Ohio.
[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The New York Shakespeare Exchange has created ShakesBeer, a crawl-cum-performance.

In the meantime, the troupe Three Day Hangover has launced DrunkShakespeare.

The former gathers on on April 12, May 31, June 7, August 9 & 16, October 4 & 11 and December 6 at 2:30pm for three hours of beer and Bard at four bars.

Drunk Shakespeare opens in its home at Quinn’s Bar & Grill in midtown for drinking and tragedies on March 26th.

For tickets and information about Drunk Shakespeare, go to http://www.drunkshakespeare.com/calendar/

Information about the upcoming crawls and tickets for ShakesBeer can be found at http://shakespeareexchange.org/content/shakesbeer-2014.

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