Celebrating Shakespeare

We use phrases from Shakespeare’s plays every day – “Break the Ice,” “What’s Done is Done,” “Good Riddance!” We have all seen his work produced, whether attending a live production in a theater, or unknowingly, flipping on the television to see modern film adaptation. Join us this spring for a series of programs and see why, 400 years after his death, Shakespeare’s work continues to be accessible, influential, and entertaining for audiences from all walks of life. Open the curtain to Shakespeare in Wisconsin 2016.

Events in the community and on campus commemorating Shakespeare include:

Travels with Shakespeare
Tuesday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m.
Hedberg Public Library, Janesville
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Join us for a journey through the places Shakespeare takes us to, imaginatively and otherwise.  Elena Levy-Navarro, professor of English at UW-Whitewater, will take us to Venice, Vienna, and the English countryside.  Along the way, we will stop by the forest Arden, and Anne Hathaway’s cottage.  Come and enjoy some of the most exhilarating places in Shakespeare’s plays and life. Free event. No registration required.

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Bard by the Book and Shakes on Screen
Saturday, April 2 at 1:00 p.m.
Milton Public Library, Milton
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A program for teens!  The Whitewater Film Society and Theta Alpha Phi – Wisconsin Delta Chapter will discuss and demonstrate the differences between Shakespeare on stage and in film. Would Shakespeare be rolling in his grave if he saw Romeo and Juliet in the movies or on stage in Steampunk-style? Come decide for yourself! Free event. No registration required.

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Midsummer Night’s Dream on Film 
Monday, April 18 at 3:00 p.m.
Fairhaven Senior Services, Whitewater
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An entertaining romp through three famous versions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on film, from the 1930s, 1960s, and 1990s. What can we learn by comparing these three cinematic interpretations of Shakespeare’s play? Find out with Donald Jellerson, assistant professor of English at UW-Whitewater. Part of the Fairhaven Lecture Series. Free event. No registration required.

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Pick a Role, Any Role 
Tuesday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m.
Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, Whitewater
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Direct from New York, artistic director and co-founder of Titan Theatre Company, Lenny Banovez, talks about his adaptation of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream where the cast is chosen at random, by the audience, every evening.  The award winning production, originally produced off-Broadway, will be remounted this season with the UW-Whitewater Theatre/Dance Department April 25 through 30.  He'll share his new interpretation of everyone's favorite comedy from the Bard.  Free event. No registration required.

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UW-Whitewater Theatre/Dance Department Presents: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Monday, April 25 – Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Hicklin Studio Theatre
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In this well-loved work by William Shakespeare, love is found and lost and found again in the magic of the woods. The ensuing antics are as fantastical and wild as a dream, and just as captivating. Direct from New York - guest director Lenny Banovez brings his innovative, Off Broadway SMASH-HIT, take on the classic 'Midsummer' to the UW-Whitewater stage. This production will features a cast chosen at random, BY THE AUDIENCE NIGHTLY, which promises a fresh new take every performance. Tickets required, advanced purchase highly recommended.