Shakespeare’s tour bus?

I got to wondering the other day what sort of tour bus Shakespeare might tootle around in if he was alive today and taking his works on the road.

I’m guessing it would be covered in all sorts of witty decals and bumper stickers like those you can order from Cafe Press

What would Lady Macbeth do? Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none. This above all: To thine Own Self be True.

It reminded me that I’ve been meaning to share news of Shakespeare productions coming to the Valley from other places… 

The Utah Shakespeare Festival brings a touring production for students to the Valley on Monday

The 2011 Education Tour of the Utah Shakespeare Festival stops at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts on Mon, March 7, for a single performance at 9:45am.

They’ll present “Macbeth: Ambitions Gone Awry” — a 45-minute performance (plus 15 minute post-show talk back with cast and crew) designed for grades 6-12. Student tickets run just $5.

If a “What the Puck?” bumper sticker is more your style, you’ll also want to see Aquila Theatre perform in April at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

 Aquila Theatre, which orginated in London but now calls New York home, presents “hip, modern interpretations of classic dramas.”

They’ll perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Thurs, March 24 — then “Six Characters in Search of an Author” on Fri, March 25. The latter, a Luigi Pirandello work, is described as “a satirical play within a play.”

It’s a rare opportunity to teach your children that “Luigi” can refer to more than a character found in Nintendo games. For those of you who read rather than joystick, “Luigi” is younger brother to “Mario.”

If your local theater company or Valley school is presenting a Shakespeare work in coming months, please comment below to let our readers know. And do feel free to suggest other bumper stickers you’d enjoy seeing on a “Bard” bus.

— Lynn

Note: The Southwest Shakespeare Company performs Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” through March 26 at the Mesa Arts Center.

Coming up: Art is for the birds

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