Pairing Shakespeare and Gardening

Master Gardener Eve Berman joins us to talk about ‘Much Ado in the Garden’, a Shakespeare-themed event taking place in the Cutler Botanic Garden at the Cornell Cooperative Extension grounds on Front Street in Binghamton.  There will be music, food, readings, and costumed characters.

Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Performed Outdoors

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Cider Mill Playhouse and the City of Binghamton have joined to present Shakespeare’s comedy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in Confluence Park for three performances.  Andrea Gregori, playing Titania, and Shan Towns, playing Oberon, talk about this joint venture, and give an overview of this comedy of mismatched couples. Audience members are encouraged to bring folding chairs. http://wskg.org/audio/midsummer.mp3

 

Photo credit: Joshua B for Shakespeare on the River

Two Actors Play All the Parts

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The Franklin Stage Company presents Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ in a version adapted for two actors.  Director Daniel Swern has had experience adapting Shakespeare in unusual ways to bring new immediacy to the sometimes disturbing themes of the play, and new playfulness to the comic scenes. “In this arresting two-hander adaptation, two strangers discover the text of William Shakespeare’s play ‘The Merchant of Venice’. Armed with costumes and books-in-hand, what starts as a game turns into a confrontation of personal prejudice and reconciliation with our past. A stunning and innovative feat from director Dan Swern of New Brunswick, New Jersey’s Smugbug Productions.”  

 

Photo credit: Franklin Stage Company

 

 

Unusual Casting Shows the Universality of Shakespeare

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The Binghamton University Theatre Department is presenting Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’. In this case, the Prince of Denmark is portrayed by a woman, Danielle Nigro, and we hear from her about how Hamlet’s struggles transcend gender.  We also meet fight director Jamie Cheatham, an alumnus of Binghamton University, who now specializes in stage combat. http://wskg.org/audio/hamletmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Sheep purple via Flickr