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2014 Summer Season
In rotating repertory at Cornell Plantations, July 10-26, 2014
NEW this summer!
Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!
Shakespeare was born in 1564, making 2014 the 450th anniversary of his birth. To celebrate, we're kicking off our Shakespearean Milestones series this year, focusing on plays that for various reasons hold a special place among Shakespeare's works. The series began with The Tempest at the Hangar Theatre in February and will continue with the most famous play ever written this summer.
We're also expanding our educational program in a major way by offering a Kids' Shakespeare Camp for two weeks this summer, June 30 - July 13. This camp will be led by the Equity actor playing Hamlet for us, and at the end of the camp, your kids will get to perform Shakespeare on the ISC's summer stage at Cornell Plantations! Kids will learn to love Shakespeare's words and make them their own, while receiving training in voice, movement, improv, stage combat, and more.
Was Shakespeare Really Born on April 23?
We celebrate Shakespeare's birthday on April 23, but was he really born that day? Actually, we don't know. There's no documentary evidence of exactly what day Shakespeare was born. So why do we say it was April 23? Three reasons:
The idea that England's greatest writer might have been born and died on the day dedicated to England's patron saint was just too much for scholars and Shakespeareans to resist. So April 23 it became. And it might be true...
Give A Birthday Gift To Shakespeare
The Ithaca Shakespeare Company's summer productions have already become the largest Shakespeare festival in the Central New York region. And we've barely gotten started! We have a vision of continuing to build a bigger and better Shakespeare program that can rival anything else out there, and the Shakespearean Milestones series and Kids' Shakespeare Camp are important steps toward that goal.
Contributions in any amount are helpful and greatly appreciated. All donations are tax-deductible, and every penny goes directly toward the work you see on stage or in the classroom. So please take this opportunity to visit our website and make a simple, secure donation to help us build an even better Shakespeare program! You can also donate by check if you prefer.