What’s Cooking in the Park: 8/21 – 8/24

Photo by Rick Malkin for NSF

Photo by Rick Malkin for NSF

“In a week that has brought such distressing and heartbreaking news, it seems only fitting that audiences should retreat to Centennial Park for a much-needed respite. As we are reminded by Shakespeare’s timeless comedy, the forest — and indeed theater itself — can provide healing and a renewed sense of optimism. And in these troubled times, that’s something we all could use.” — Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean [full review]

Thank you to the almost 2,000 people who came out for our opening weekend of Shakespeare in the Park! For those of you that missed it, don’t worry, you still have four weekends to come see As You Like It and play and sing with us! In addition to some great food trucks and musicians, this weekend is particularly exciting because we will be joined by a few friends from across the pond: The Shakespeare on the Road team from Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-Upon-Avon and Warwick University!

The Shakespeare on the Road travelers are: Dr. Paul Edmondson, head of research and knowledge at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon; Dr. Paul Prescott, reader in English at the University of Warwick;  AJ Leon, founder of Misfit, Inc.; and Melissa Leon, chief of staff at Misfit, Inc. They will be visiting The Nashville Shakespeare Festival this weekend as part of a 60-day, 10,000-mile road trip to 14 Shakespeare festivals in the U.S. and Canada to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. The team is gathering material for a book, podcasts and a radio program so come help us welcome them to Nashville!

So, here’s what’s cooking this weekend:

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We’re “Talking Shakespeare” Every Night in the Park

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Photo by Rick Malkin for NSF. 

We have a new nightly program in the park! “Talking Shakespeare” is a pre-show conversation opportunity organized by Belmont University’s Marcia McDonald with the aim to help you find out about this year’s play, to ask questions and exchange ideas about Shakespeare, and gain new ideas from faculty who love teaching and talking about Shakespeare. Whether this is your first time at Shakespeare in the Park or your 25th, if you are intrigued by all things Shakespearean or think understanding Shakespeare is a challenge, this pre-show talk is for you!

Come to the TOUT (“The Onward and Upward Tent”) in back of the seating area from 6-6:30pm before each performance to ask questions, join in discussion and learn something new about Shakespeare!

Discussion leaders: Shakespeare scholars and teachers from various universities

Leah Marcus, Vanderbilt University
Mickey Wadia, Austin Peay State University
Jayme Yeo, Belmont University
Wayne Garrett, Lipscomb University
Jane Wanninger, Vanderbilt University
Deann Armstrong, Vanderbilt University
Marcia McDonald, Belmont University

We’ll see you in the park!

Shakespeare in the Park will run Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through September 14th. For more details, visit our website.

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Shakespeare on the Road rolls into Nashville this weekend

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All summer you have heard us talking about the “Shakespeare on the Road” team coming to Nashville from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, and the time of their arrival is upon us!

The Shakespeare on the Road travelers will visit The Nashville Shakespeare Festival  this weekend, August 23-25th, 2014, as part of a 60-day, 10,000-mile road trip to 14 Shakespeare festivals in the U.S. and Canada. The trip will celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.

The team is gathering material for a book, podcasts and a radio program and mapping the trip on the Shakespeare on the Road website through interviews, photos and short blogs. While at NSF, they will see As You Like It (twice!), tour Nashville, and meet with various NSF partners. We’d also love to have them meet YOU, the best audience in the world! So join us this weekend as we welcome the Shakespeare on the Road team to Nashville! Continue reading

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What’s Cooking at the Park: 8/14 – 8/17

Photo by Rick Malkin

Photo by Rick Malkin for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival

Opening weekend of Shakespeare in the Park 2014 is finally here! This year’s production, As You Like It, directed by NSF Artistic Director Denice Hicks, is inspired by the optimistic comedies of the 1930s, and set during the Great Depression. Over the next five weekends, we invite you to join the actors in our version of a “Tent City” (located in the heart of Nashville’s Centennial Park), where even in the toughest times, songs are sung, stories are told and there’s always time for a little buck dancing. Because even in the toughest times, love prevails.

In addition to our production of As You Like It at 7:30 p.m. (with a prelude at 7:20), we’re joined at the park every night by a variety of different food vendors and serenaded every evening at 6:30 p.m. by one of Nashville’s many talented performers. Know you want to come see As You Like It on this opening weekend (and we recommend it…there tends to be fewer people opening weekend which means better seats), but having trouble deciding which night? You can cater the night to your liking by checking out the Pre-Show entertainment AND Vendor schedules each week. Make the night everything you want it to be!

So, here’s what’s cooking this weekend:

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NSF to Host Shakespeare on the Road

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Scholars and lovers of Shakespeare will be traveling this summer from England to America to study why Shakespeare is so popular here, and the Nashville Shakespeare Festival is on their list of places to visit!

Nashville Shakes will host four Shakespeare on the Road travelers August 23-24, 2014, as part of the group’s 60-day, 10,000-mile road trip to 14 Shakespeare festivals in the U.S. and Canada to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. During their Nashville visit, Shakespeare on the Road members will get an in-depth look at NSF, both on stage and behind the scenes, as well as explore the country side of Nashville. Continue reading

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Shakespeare in the Park 2014: AS YOU LIKE IT Cast

What an exciting line-up for this summer’s Shakespeare in the Park! We’re heading into our 27th year of Shakespeare with both new and familiar faces on our Shakespeare stage and we couldn’t be more excited. In addition, this production of As You Like It, set in the South during the Depression, will feature original music by folk singer/songwriter David Olney (who will also play the role of Amiens) and Stan Lawrence (who will also lead a jam band with players from the Musical Heritage Center of Middle Tennessee every night). This is a show not to be missed!

As You Like It will be performed in Centennial Park August 14 – September 14. For more information, please visit our website.

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Announcing Shakes Camp at The Theater Bug

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Shakes Camp is led and coordinated by:

Nettie Kraft (Education Director, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival) graduated with an MFA from Roosevelt University’s CCPA in Chicago where she interned at Steppenwolf with Tracy Letts, Amy Morton, and many other amazing artists on a production of Betrayal, by Harold Pinter. Prior to that, while attaining her BFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder, she worked with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and began a theatre company which produced six plays in two years and was counted a critical success. She has studied abroad in England, and lived all over the United States, all in preparation for her move to Nashville. While in the great state of Tennessee she has been in several commercials and seen on stage for the Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project, Actor’s Bridge Ensemble, and the wonderful Nashville Shakespeare Festival! Currently she is teaching at Belmont University, MTSU, TSU, and Watkins College as well as starting another theatre company, The Five Dollar Recession Theatre Company.

Cori Anne Laemmel (Artistic Director, The Theater Bug) hails from Santa Cruz, CA and has proudly called Nashville home for over five years. “Growing up in children’s theater had such a profound impact on my life, and I hope that as an educator I can provide the same kind of confidence building and sense of community for my students.” Cori attended the Musician’s institute in Hollywood, California for Vocal performance, and has been performing since age six. In Nashville Cori has performed professionally with Street Theatre Company, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Children’s Theatre, and The Nashville Shakespeare festival. Cori acted as youth programs director for Street Theatre Company for four years, and has also taught with The Nashville Children’s Theatre, Metro Parks and Recreation, and various home school organizations. Cori is the founder of The Theater Bug

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