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First chance, last chance

Leave the kittens at home for this baby...

“Does this play make me look fat?” That’s the teaser for a Neil LaBute play opening this weekend as Stray Cat Theatre in Tempe begins its ninth season. It’s your first chance this season to experience the edgy and enlightening work of these creative cats, led by the master of all feline funny business — Ron May. Grab a date or group of friends and leave the kittens at home for this baby, a play that’s heavy on dueling dialogue and relationship revelations.

This weekend is your last chance to see the season opener for the Southwest Shakespeare Company. It’s an original adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Henry VI” trilogy  — “Blood Royal” by Michael Flachmann. Most relationships don’t stand a chance in this play, which could easily be subtitled “Reasons to be petty.” “Blood Royal” is full of men (and a few women) with swords who aren’t afraid to use them, especially if it means securing a royal crown. It’s another option for the teen and up crowd.

Grab some girlfriends for his one...

It’s also your last chance to get in on some festive fundraisers benefiting important arts organizations in Arizona. Tonight the Women’s Metropolitan Arts Council (WoMAC) holds its annual “It’s In The Bag” event to benefit the Phoenix Art Museum. Tomorrow night in Tucson the Arizona Theatre Company holds its “Gala 2010: A Night In Lights” at the Temple of Music and Art. The featured performer at the ATC event is “rising star” Megan Hilty, who played Glinda in “Wicked” and Dora Lee in “9 to 5.”

If supporting scholarships for music students is your thing, you can head to South Mountain Community College tonight for a classical music concert to aid student scholarships. It features two SMCC faculty members. Mezzo soprano Isola Jones performs arias from Verdi, Puccini, Bizet and Saint-Saens. Pianist Henry Rose performs works to include “Preludes” and “Etudes-Tableaux” by Rachmaninoff.

This evening is your only chance to enjoy a free dance performance at the ASU Galvin Playhouse in Tempe (which welcomes the touring production of “Young Frankenstein” this week as it opens the 2010-2011 Broadway Across America Arizona series). The new work (still a “work in progress”), which includes mature content and themes, is co-presented by the ASU School of Dance and ASU Gammage. Dean Moss’ “Nameless forest” explores identity and perception via performance, dance, video, audio and visual design.

A wonderful day for family play...

Saturday in Sedona the whole family can enjoy the “Celtic Harvest Festival” from 10am to 8pm at Tequa Festival Marketplace. The festival features entertainers from diverse Celtic cultures, performances by Sedona-area children who have studied with teaching artists (in music, dance, piping and storytelling) and a children’s courtyard with “fun activities for children of all ages.” Master of Ceremonies for the event is Senator Tom O’Halleran.

Saturday evening in Tucson families can enjoy “A Mexican Celebration” presented by the Arizona Symphony Orchestra. The 7:30pm event takes place in Chowder Hall on the University of Arizona campus, and will feature the music of popular Mexican composers including Chavez, Revueltas and Galinda.

My daughter Jennifer is keen to get over to Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe tonight to hear three teen parnormal authors read from and discuss their work. I’m still trying to figure out how to squeeze in time to be the dessert mom for a Saturday rehearsal of Lizabeth’s school musical. I still can’t bring myself to buy cupcakes or other treats rather than making them myself.

Another fun pick for families...

If you head over to Changing Hands at 10am on Saturday morning, your kiddos (and you) can enjoy one of their many events for children — an “Explore-A-Story” with Childsplay based on Arnold Lobel’s “Frog and Toad” series. Childsplay is performing “A Year With Frog and Toad” through Oct 16 at Tempe Center for the Arts — so you have plenty of chances to see it. But why wait?


Note: For a comprehensive listing of activities for children and families, visit the Raising Arizona Kids magazine online calendar. Always call event presenters before attending to confirm date, time, location, age recommendations, cost and other details.

Coming up: Focus on film, Easing on down the road

Childsplay photo pictures D. Scott Withers, Dwayne Hartford and Katie McFadzen in “A Year With Frog and Toad” (photo by Heather Hill)


Heads will roll

Southwest Shakespeare Company performs this world-premiere through Sept 25

Strangulations, decapitations and stabbings. Infidelity, revenge and betrayal.

It’s not another “reality television” series gone awry — but rather, the delicious adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry VI trilogy by Michael Flachmann, esteemed dramaturg of the Utah Shakespearean Festival since 1986.

Heads were rolling at the Mesa Arts Center on Friday as Lizabeth and I attended a world-premiere production of “Blood Royal,” directed by Jared Sakren, artistic director of the Southwest Shakespeare Company (also director and sound designer for this production).

“There are 27 moments of on-stage violence,” Sakren quipped during a cast/creative team “talkback” with audience members after Friday’s opening night performance. But who’s counting?

Apparently Sakren, whose research indicates that this is “four times what you get in Romeo and Juliet.” Sakren also notes that there are 45 major scenes — which explains the show’s length of more than three hours (there’s a single intermission). Still, there’s never a dull moment.

Cover art for the "Blood Royal" program depicts one of many fight scenes

Flachmann describes the work as “sprawling and episodic,” noting that 22 actors cover 76 roles (closer to 100 if you add in all those soldiers and such). It’s seamless from the audience perspective, but not so much for the cast and technical team backstage.

“My goal,” said one of the young male actors, “was to get into character, find a sword and get on stage without being impaled.” The piece features plenty of sword fights — something I imagine many boys would enjoy seeing, assuming mom and dad are okay with the play’s many depictions of death (including Joan of Arc being burned at the stake).

It seems a multitude of men wish to be king — a deadly desire that rarely ends well. All around them swirl a myriad of mischief-makers, from high-ranking religious figures to women with their own agendas.

Their sons, of course, fare no better fate. Two scenes we found particularly moving involved parents mourning their children’s demise. Randy Messersmith (co-founder of SSC) delivered a hard-driving performance as the Duke of York, a man made to mourn over the body of his murdered son before meeting his own violent end.

Lana Buss plays Margaret, who marries the way-beyond-wimpy King Henry VI (played by Larry Stone) for all the wrong reasons, and does justice to Shakespeare’s crafting of women as strong and smart — traits at once their gift and their undoing.

We also enjoyed the performances of Nicole Belit (Chorus/John (the son) Talbot/Monkfiend/Asnath/Ensemble) and Eric Schoen (Soldier/Suffolk/Ensemble), who launched his own theater company — Class 6 Theatre — just last year in the Valley.

As the proud mother of an SSC wench (Lizabeth recently entered the company’s “Wenches and Knaves” education program — which means I’ll soon be sewing Shakespearean garb), I was delighted to see several young cast members.

Ryan Janko (Soldier/Ensemble/Prince Edward) is a college freshman from Gilbert appearing in his fourth SSC production. Ezekiel Hill (Soldier/Aldecon/Lord/Murderer/Norfolk/Cade/Ensemble) is a 19-year-old student at Mesa Community College recently seen as “The Beast” in an East Valley Children’s Theatre production of “The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast.”

The youngest cast member is Tristan Foster (Edmund (Rutland)/Soldier/Ensemble), a 16-year-old making his professional acting debut in “Blood Royal.” Foster competes and performs with the Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band (a haunting bagpipe tune opens the show), and admits to  playing video games and annoying his younger siblings on occasion.

The SSC season brochure pays homage to "More Than Kin...Less Than Kind"

So how do you take three historical Shakespeare works and turn them into a single production both clear and compelling? Flachmann explained his process during the talkback: “I took out what I didn’t like and this is what was left.” Editing for the stage — now I get it.

But what’s the relevance for today’s audiences? Sakren’s “Director’s Notes” for the program share the George Santayana quote made famous by Winston Churchill: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

“The technology has changed,” writes Sakren, “but not the essential nature of man, or his politics.”


Note: Visit the Southwest Shakespeare Company online to learn more about this season’s offerings (“Blood Royal” runs through Sept 25) and special opportunities including “Flachmann Seminars” with Michael Flachmann. Click here to learn about “Knave” opportunities for boys.

Coming up: Phoenix Symphony for families and educators, Community college art offerings

Bollywood & beyond

A young dancer enjoys a class with Kriti Dance (Photo: Daniel Friedman)

I was delighted to hear recently from a dance school that specializes in Bollywood dance, which has its origins in India’s film industry. It seems I’ve been invited to participate in a dance class — just to get a feel for this “contemporary and innovative” dance form.

The website for Kriti Dance readily notes that participants have been known to giggle a bit when first experiencing the unique waist and hip movements used in Bollywood dance — but I suspect that hearty laughter might be more likely with me (and my thickening body parts) in the room.

I’m opting instead to share the happy news that Kriti Dance, which recently performed during a Phoenix Mercury halftime, will begin a new session of classes at Dance Connection 2 in Chandler on Sept 11. It’s a tough day in so many ways — so I’m pleased to share a fun and fit way to dance away part of the day.

Classes for adults and teens start at 10:30am, with classes for 9- to 13-year olds starting at 11:30am and classes for 5- to 8-year-olds starting at 12:30pm. You can visit their website to learn more — and drop me a thank you note later for the decision to leave my hips at home (for now).

Kriti Dance offers fun and fitness for all ages (Photo: Daniel Friedman)

My weekend calendar is already plenty full — driving Lizabeth to and from a community service gig, seeing The Phoenix Symphony and Phoenix Theatre present a semi-staged production of “The Music Man,” and joining Lizabeth at the National Youth Theatre awards being held at Valley Youth Theatre.

Tonight we’ll be attending the first production of the 2010-2011 Southwest Shakespeare Company season at Mesa Arts Center — complete with red carpet flair and a fabulously fun photo contest. We’ll have to miss Sunday’s preview of Childsplay’s “A Year With Frog and Toad” so Lizabeth can see an ASA teacher perform in another show, but that just gives us more to look forward to next weekend.

There’s no lack of arts experiences in the Valley this weekend, so here’s a sampling of your many options to help you plan your family together time…

The Deer Valley Rock Art Center in northwest Phoenix offers half-price admisson to grandparents from 8am-2pm on Sun, Sept 12, in honor of Grandparents Day. Who’s to say that grandma won’t want to enjoy both petroglyphs and Bollywood dance in one weekend? Admit it — Bollywood dance is probably on your “bucket list” too.

Why not celebrate Grandparents Day in Bollywood style? (Photo: Daniel Friedman)

If you’re an artist eager to learn more about using technologies in art making and/or arts promotion, check out the Sept 11 STEWshop from Urban Stew. It’s one of a series of arts and technology workshops they’ll hold each second Saturday of the month between Sept 2010 and Feb 2011.

Children and their adults can enjoy making art together at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix Art Studio — which provides materials for making a special Grandparents Day gift in the studio this weekend.

Head to Chandler Center for the Arts if you love all things musical theater and musical standards. Valley favorites Rusty Ferracane and Christine Drathman will join composer/arranger Craig Bohmler and “top Valley musicians” for “That’s Life…from Sinatra to Sondheim.” (Perhaps we could persuade the trio to add a bit of Bollywood dance to the gig.)

Creative Stage Youth Theatre is eager to show off their new performing space at a free open house Sept 11 from 4-7pm at 19209 N. 83rd Ave (Ste 105) in Peoria — which is a great opportunity to learn more about their upcoming season.

When in doubt, just dance! (Photo: Daniel Friedman)

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona presents their 37th annual celebration of Mexican Independence Day with flamenco dance, folk music and children’s activities to include face painting and juggling demonstrations. Remind me to drop them a thank you note for the lovely mental image I just got of attempting to juggle while doing my Bollywood thing.

If you share my love of social justice theater, check out the work of Teatro Bravo at a “pay what you can” performance of “Manzi: The Advenures of Young Cesar Chavez” this evening at the Metropolitan Arts Theatre in Phoenix. It’s “a tale for the entire family” about the legendary advocate of farm workers’ rights — and runs through Sept 19.

So there you have it. Bollywoood and flamenco. Art and technology. Sinatra and Sondheim. If that doesn’t make you want to swivel those hips while gyrating that waist, I don’t know what will.


Note: Today marks the opening of the “Opera & Ballet in Cinema Series” presented by Harkins Theatres and Emerging Pictures. You’re in luck if you’re reading this in time to make it to the 11am live broadcast of “Cosi Fan Tutte” at Arrowhead Fountains 18 or Scottsdale 101 14. Visit www.harkinstheatres.com for ticket availability and pricing, and information on upcoming shows in the series. I can tell you from experience that tickets go quickly so don’t delay in deciding which of European operas and ballets presented in Hi-Definition digital projection you’d like to experience.

Coming up: Art and body image, Coupling fine arts and dual language instruction, The shape of social justice

Audition/Call for artists alert! Auditions will be held this weekend for productions of “The Nutcracker” by both Baller Etudes and Ballet Arizona. CONDER/dance is calling for submissions (from choreographers, dance filmmakers and performance artists) for the 4th annual “Breaking Ground” festival to be held Dec 10 & 11 at Tempe Center for the Arts.

Shakespeare a la symphony, opera & ballet

Once you come to appreciate the works of William Shakespeare, it’s hard to really get your fill. There’s so much material to choose from — interpreted and presented in a myriad of ways.

Here’s a sampling of Shakespeare-related offerings by Arizona arts organizations…

Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet” presented by the Phoenix Symphony. At Phoenix Symphony Hall on Oct 7-9 (times vary). Concert features both a romantic suite from Prokofiev’s ballet “Romeo and Juliet” as well as Hans Krasa’s “Brundibar,” a children’s opera composed in 1938 and frequently performed at a concentration camp in the former Czechoslovakia.

Performers include Phoenix Symphony Chorus and Phoenix Boys Choir. “Brundibar” performance will also include images from a recently published book titled “Brundibar” by author Tony Kushner and famed children’s book illustrator Maurice Sendak (“Where the Wild Things Are”).

A Midsummer Night’s Dream” presented by Ballet Arizona. At Phoenix Symphony Hall on Nov 5-7 (times vary). Ballet choreographed by Ballet Arizona artistic director Ib Andersen features “lavish sets, amazing costumes, and fun loving characters.”

It’s “a comedic love story of quarreling fairies, human lovers, and mistaken identity” that’s suitable for the entire family — featuring music by Felix Mendelssohn

Romeo and Juliet” presented by The Acting Company and Guthrie Theater production (special engagement for 2010-2011 Arizona Theatre Company season). At Herberger Theater Center on Nov 4-7 (times vary). This performance by “two of America’s premier classical theatre companies” features Alejandro Rodriguez as Romeo and Kaliswa Brewster as Juliet.

“As You Like It” presented by the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television. At the U of A’s Tornabene Theatre on March 2-27.  It’s the tale of a young heroine, Rosalind, and her journey (disguised as a boy) from her uncle’s repressive court to a complicated relationship with her true love Orlando.

Otello” presented by Arizona Opera. At Tucson Music Hall on March 5 & 6 and Phoenix Symphony Hall on March 11-13. Verdi’s famous opera is “faithful to the text of Shakespeare’s play” about treachery fueled by jealousy and rumor.

Work will be sung in Italian with English subtitles, and feature the towering tenor Allan Glassman (“a gifted mainstay at the Metropolitan Opera”) as Otello.

Opera and Ballet Cinema Series” presented by Harkins Theatres and Emerging Pictures. Showing exclusively at Arrowhead 18, Chandler Fashion 20 and Scottsdale 101 14 (dates/times vary). Series features “the best in European opera and ballet” — including several live performances.

A ballet production of “Romeo and Juliet” will be shown at participating Harkins Theatres March 10, 2011 at 6:30pm. A live opera production of “Macbeth” will be shown June 13, 2011 (time TBA). Series tickets often sell out quickly — so consider yourself warned.

My youngest daughter Lizabeth, now a 17-year-old theater arts student, loved going to opera, ballet and symphony performances as a child — starting in elementary school. It didn’t hurt, I suppose, that she studied ballet and violin starting in kindergarten.

Today she’s a Shakespeare aficionado who has studied Shakespeare with Childsplay, Arizona School for the Arts , Scottsdale Community College and the Utah Shakespearean Festival — and enjoys attending Southwest Shakespeare Company productions in Mesa.

To learn more about Southwest Shakespeare Company offerings — including their 2010/2011 season and education programs (including a touring production of “Romeo & Juliet” featuring 2010/2011 Company Interns), visit them online.

While you’re there, check out a cool photo contest of sorts that’ll be held in conjunction with the season’s red carpet opening of “Blood Royal” on Sept 10.

If your child is too young to enjoy these live performances, never fear. You can still enjoy the works of Shakespeare together thanks to the “Shakespeare Can Be Fun!” series, including various titles by Lois Burdett which feature charming drawings, anecdotes and more. 


Note: Featured children’s books are pubished by Firefly Books. I had a great time exploring their diverse offerings online at www.fireflybooks.com.

Coming up: Reviews of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” by Mesa Encore Theatre and “Noises Off” by Phoenix Theatre; Arts management musings from Michael Kaiser (President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts)

Scottish night or Irish night?

Lizabeth rocking her Childsplay t-shirt at The Greenshow

I faced plenty of tough decisions during a recent trip to enjoy the Utah Shakespearean Festival with my daughter Lizabeth.

Khakis or denim? Apple tart or summerberry tart? Scottish night or Irish night?

Every Monday through Saturday evening at 7pm, festival patrons can enjoy “The Greenshow”–featuring “the spirited song, dance and costumes of Shakespeare’s day.” The event is free and fun for all ages.

Festival fare features folk music and dance

The Greenshow sets the mood for evening performances at the Adams Shakespearean Theatre with storytelling, juggling, fiddling and comedic fare on the green and courtyard area surrounding the spectacular outdoor performance venue.

Lizabeth and I went nearly every night we were there and enjoyed the alternating “Scottish” and “Irish” themes–as well as Elizabethan sweets and treats (and my nightly double espresso on the rocks).

The Greenshow cast consists of several young actors–many of whom are B.F.A. candidates in the musical theatre program at Southern Utah University (site of the annual festival).

Carter (Ratsby) & Adams (Scum) earn every laugh

Performers Payden L. Adams and Tony Carter routinely steal the show with their “Scum & Ratsby” back-and-forth of jokes, jabs and jest.

Other highlights include traditional Scottish and Irish dance, fiddle and song–even music ala the washboard.

Another crowd favorite is The Greenshow trivia quiz–during which young attendees are invited to raise a hand if they’d like to come on stage and answer a question for the cast.

A future performer at The Greenshow, perhaps?

Cast members choose a child to join them for a simple trivia question. The nights we attended it went something like this…

Q: How many tamborines did the four girls use during the show?
A: Four (four tamborines hang within feet of the cast at this point)

Q: What’s your favorite food here at the Festival?
A: Suckers

The Greenshow features guitar, fiddle, washboard & more

Winners–which include every child who participates (there’s just a single player each evening)–have their photo taken with the cast (then sent via e-mail to the proud parents).

One night we were delighted to see a little girl from Tucson join the cast onstage (though the photo above is of another lovely participant who stole the spotlight the one evening I had my camera in tow).

The Greenshow is but one of many activities above and beyond the rich assortment of Shakespearean works you can enjoy at the festival–which also include backstage tours, repertory magic, literary seminars, production seminars, play orientations, curtain call lunches and more.

Scottish night at The Greenshow

Other festival and area events include a cabaret featuring festival performers, exhibits at the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, The Wooden O Symposium, the Cedar City Fall Arts Festival and the Shakespeare Competition (also affiliated with Southern Utah University).

I wasn’t able to photograph every activity we enjoyed, which will likely come as a relief to both festival cast members and the talented creative and technical team members it takes to make all this Shakespeare seem so seamless.

To learn more, or enjoy festival pictures from the pros, visit the Utah Shakespearean Festival online. Better yet, jump in the car and head to Cedar City for a one-of-a-kind family-friendly vacation.


"Blood Royal" performed by the Southwest Shakespeare Company opens Sept 9th at Mesa Center for the Arts

Note: Arizona’s own Southwest Shakespeare Company, one of several resident companies at Mesa Arts Center, opens their 2010-2011 season on Sept 9 with “Blood Royal”–an original adapatation of William Shakespeare’s “Henry VI” trilogy by Michael Flachmann. The work, directed by Jared Sakren, runs through Sept 25 in MAC’s Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse Theatre. Details/tickets at www.swshakespeare.org. Learn more about The Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix at www.azirish.org and The Caledonian Society of Arizona in Scottsdale at www.arizonascots.com.

Coming up: Beyond crayons and classrooms, Musings on museums and Mountain Dew, Dancing with vampires and sugar plum fairies, Arizona’s own festivals featuring Scottish and Irish fare

Shakespeare/there and here

I spoke with Lizabeth Sunday morning as she was bouncing back from an exciting night of theater at the Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City, located in the southwestern portion of Utah.

Enter the world of Shakespeare...

She’d just seen the world-premier of “Great Expectations: A New Musical” based on the novel by Charles Dickens and directed by Jules Aaron–and eagerly described both the work and the “greenshow” that preceeded it.

Greenshows consist of pre-show entertainment including song and dance performed on a green surrounding one of the festival theaters. Lizabeth shared that she was looking forward to Sunday evening’s show featuring Scottish and Irish performers.

The Utah Shakespearean Festival makes for a fun family getaway. Once you make the drive to Las Vegas, you’re just two and a half hours away from Cedar City and all that the festival has to offer–including performances, greenshows, play orientations and a host of seminars (literary, props, costumes and actors).

The Bard certainly makes for a beautiful bust

Our own Shakepearean gem, the Southwest Shakespeare Company based in Mesa, opens their 2010-2011 season with “Blood Royal” on Sept. 9. It’s an original adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Henry VI” trilogy by Michael Flachmann, directed by Jared Sakren.

But you needn’t wait that long to enjoy the best of the Bard.

Current offerings at the Utah Shakespearean Festival include three works by William Shakespeare, including “Much Ado About Nothing” directed by B. J. Jones, “The Merchant of Venice” directed by Sharon Ott and “Macbeth” directed by Joe Hanreddy.

Lizabeth has a theory that everything done in theater post-Shakespeare is a variation on a theme of sorts. I’m ill equipped to support or counter her case considering that I haven’t yet read his complete works or seen nearly enough of it performed on stage.

Do all roads follow from Shakespeare?

I’ll be hitting the festival myself before too long to up my “B.Q.”–my “Bard quotient.” Still, Lizabeth’s knowledge will likely surpass mine for an eternity.

She’s enjoyed “Shakespeare Collision” classes with Childsplay in Tempe since she was in grade school and studied with Randy Messersmith (co-founder and former artistic director of the Southwest Shakespeare Company, who serves as artistic director for theatre arts at Scottsdale Community College).

She’s also trained for several years with Maren Mascarelli (former company member of both the Utah Shakespearean Festival and the Southwest Shakespeare Company), and attended/competed in prior Utah Shakespearean Festivals with fellow theater majors at Arizona School for the Arts.

This summer, she’s attending a few of the festival’s summer programs–which includes seeing a wide variety of productions. Other shows currently playing at the festival include Alfred Hitchcock’s “39 Steps” directed by Eli Simon and an adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” directed by Kathleen F. Conlin.

Your child may blossom after a bit of time with the Bard

Once you’ve had your fun with summer movies from “Eclipse” and “Despicable Me” to “The Sorcerer’s Apprectice” and “Standing Ovation,” consider a road trip to Cedar City that’ll give your kids a taste of what theater is like outside the four walls of a cineplex.

The Utah Shakespearean Festival is a grand getaway fit for everything from a weekend escape from the heat to a longer stay to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or family reunion.

The festival runs through October 23, with later shows to include Shakespeare’s “The Adventures of Pericles” directed by Kathleen F. Conlin as well as two other works.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play “The Diary of Anne Frank” by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett (directed by Paul Barned) begins in mid-September, as does “Greater Tuna” by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard (directed by Brian Vaughn).

Make this your family's season of Shakespeare

There’s way too much going on at the festival for me to cover it all here, so your best bet is to jump online for details or call to request a Winter 2010 season brochure.

It’s got the rundown on the festival’s new playwrights project, backstage tours, educational offerings, membership opportunities and more. Even lodging, child care and pet-related details are covered.

And don’t forget to support the Shakespearean craft right here at home through our own Southwest Shakespeare Company.  They’ll present four Shakespearean works this season, along with Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

They also offer seminars, performances for students, pre-show workshops, post-show discussions, show guides for teachers and more.

So go on, treat yourself to some Shakespeare–there and here.


Note: Visit the Southwest Shakespeare Company website to learn about Target field trip grants that can help students enjoy live theater performance. Applications will be available online at www.target.com starting Aug. 1.

Coming up: Valley venues presenting new theater works

Photos (top to bottom): Shakespeare Garden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, Shakespeare bust in the McAshan Herb Gardens, Shakespeare Garden at Vassar College, Shakespeare Garden in NYC’s Central Park, Children’s book titled “Bard of Avon”