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Celebrating Shakespeare:
A Festival of New Shakespearean Plays by Local Playwrights

April 21-May 6, 2012

Our "Ten Years - Ten Plays" season continues with readings of seven plays — one of Shakespeare's greatest, and six Shakespeare-inspired plays by local playwrights. Join us for this fun, festive, informal, interactive celebration of the Bard's continuing influence in our world!

All readings will feature talkbacks and discussions with the playwrights (except for the first one, of course...)

Tickets just $5 each! Get tickets now.

Saturday, April 21, 7:30 pm:
Shakespeare's RICHARD III

We kick off our festival with a reading of Shakespeare's most popular history play. Come celebrate Shakespeare's birthday with us, and let us sort out the history behind this play for you. Then sit back and enjoy his most gleefully entertaining villain!

And that will set us up for the next reading...

Saturday, April 28, 7:30 pm:
KYNGES GAMES by George Sapio

A modern playwright re-imagines the story of Richard III in a very different way, based on extensive historical research. A great companion piece to Shakespeare's version — see both and compare!

Friday, May 4, 7:30 pm:

Five interconnected short plays take us on a metatheatrical romp behind the scenes of the Bard's works, in the company of Hamlet, Ophelia, Lady Macbeth, Yorick, and a number of other characters who can't seem to help making trouble for their creator.

Sunday, May 6, 7:30 pm:

"Will And The Ghost" by Aoise Stratford and Conal Condren
Ever wonder why there are so many ghosts in Shakespeare's plays? Perhaps he didn't have much of a choice...

"The De-scepter" by William Cordeiro
A modern verse play in which a king dreams about the heroic glory of war — then finds that he can't get rid of his crown fast enough when the war comes to him.

"Cat Will Mew" by Dave Dietrich
What happens when characters hate their actors, distrust their author, and totally ignore the guy in the title role?

"Toil And..." by David Guaspari
Murder most foul strikes during auditions for a new musical that gives a whole new meaning to the term "The Scottish Play."

The readings will be followed by a panel discussion with all the playwrights represented in our series.

The last two nights of readings will be part of the Spring Writes Literary Festival presented by the Community Arts Partnership.

All readings at Fall Creek Studios, 1201 North Tioga St., Ithaca.

Tickets just $5 each! Get tickets now.