Shakespeare at Winedale

Shakespeare at Winedale Celebrates 40 Years

Sun, February 7, 2010
Shakespeare at Winedale Celebrates 40 Years
Beatrice and Benedick, Much Ado About Nothing, Summer 2009

From James Loehlin, Director

     We invite you to help us commemorate forty years of Shakespeare at Winedale with a season full of exciting events. Our anniversary celebration will include our Outreach festivals, Camp Shakespeare, a fabulous gala, and a special Reunion performance by former students, together with the spring and summer seasons. We hope you will join us for what promises to be a most memorable anniversary year.
     2009 was a great season for us, featuring a wide variety of Shakespearean performances.  The spring class did Twelfth Night, with different class members taking the roles of Viola, Olivia and Sebastian at the different performances; the students also participated in the Art Week Austin Festival. In the summer, perennial favorite Much Ado About Nothing was joined by two plays that had been done at Winedale only once previously: Richard III and Cymbeline. Summer audiences got to see a sampling of Shakespeare’s whole career, with an early tragic history, a middle comedy, and a later romance. At the end of the season we performed Much Ado at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D. C., and Cymbeline at the Blackfriars in Virginia.
     The 2010 spring class will examine conflict and belief in Shakespeare, in conjunction with the inaugural Texas Institute of Literary and Textual Studies, which is focused on ‘Religious Conflict in the Renaissance.’ We will perform The Merchant of Venice at Winedale April 30 and May 1.  S@W alumni will also participate in a staged reading of Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta as part of the Institute. The summer season will feature three diverse and entertaining plays.  Twelfth Night, perhaps Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, follows the shipwrecked Viola as she makes her way through Illyria disguised as a boy.  The tragedy of Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most profound and gripping studies of human evil.  And Henry VI, Part I, never before seen at Winedale, charts the origins of the Wars of the Roses, and features the young Shakespeare’s unforgettable portrayal of Joan of Arc. We look forward to sharing these three distinctive and remarkable plays with you.


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