Summer 2021: A Shakespearean Awards Show (2021)

"The very best summer thing."
-- Warren Greenwood, Ithaca Times

This Summer...

It's awards season in Ithaca!

Get ready for...The Best of Shakespeare!

An all-new, all-Shakespeare awards show where:

  • You choose the awards categories!
  • You choose the nominees!
  • We perform them online this summer!
  • Then you choose the winners!

Have you ever pondered...

What's the funniest scene in all of Shakespeare?
Who is Shakespeare's best villain?

This is your chance to definitively answer these questions -- and more!

We got the ball rolling by proposing a number of awards categories, with several nominees in each. Then we opened it up to you to help us narrow down the field to the categories and nominees you most want to see.

Your top category choices were:

  • The funniest scene in Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare's greatest female character
  • Shakespeare's greatest villain
  • The play we've never performed that you would most like to see us do

Our online production this summer will feature the scenes and characters you chose. You watch them -- then vote for the final winners!

We'll be sharing more details about the production in the coming weeks, and the final performances should be available for viewing online in late July.

Why are we doing another online production this year? Our top priority continues to be keeping our actors and audiences safe. While there is some light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, we would still need to take extensive precautions in order to rehearse and perform safely in person this spring and summer. The logistics and expenses involved in doing so would be very challenging for us right now and would draw time, energy, and resources away from our primary focus of doing great Shakespeare.

So we're staying online again this year, with the expectation that we'll be back outdoors next summer -- with something very special in store for you then!

In the meantime, watch for more details about this summer's production, and get ready to see some of the Best of Shakespeare!

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