What’s Cooking in the Park: 8/27 – 8/30

Photo by Rick Malkin

Photo by Rick Malkin

It’s time for the third weekend of Shakespeare in the Park! We are at the midway point of our annual summer tradition (28 years now!), and we are ready to put on a show! If you’re planning on joining us (and we certainly hope you are), you won’t be alone. We’ve got a great lineup of pre-show entertainment and food trucks waiting for you.

Get social with us! While you are out in the park this weekend, be sure to share your Shakespeare in the Park experience with us. We’re on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and we want to see your Henry V memories. #NSFHenryV

Here’s what’s cooking in the park this weekend: Continue reading

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What’s Cooking in the Park: 8/20 – 8/23

Opening Weekend Shakespeare in the Park 2015 / Photo by Rick Malkin

Opening Weekend Shakespeare in the Park 2015 / Photo by Rick Malkin

It’s time for the second weekend of Shakespeare in the Park! Who else is gonna be there? Lots of fun people, a few dogs and some great vendors and talented musicians. We’ve got the whole line-up for the weekend right here so that you can cater the night to your liking. Make the night everything you want it to be!

Side Note: We will be catering a picnic for our Royal Package VIPs every night. Not a VIP? You can be! Find out how to experience Shakespeare in the Park in style.

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What’s Cooking in the Park: 8/13 – 8-16

Photo by Rick Malkin / NSF

Shakespeare in the Park at Nashville’s Centennial Park Bandshell. Photo by Rick Malkin / NSF

Opening weekend of Shakespeare in the Park 2015 is finally here! This year’s production, Henry V, directed by frequent NSF collaborator Nat McIntyre (Seen onstage with us as Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Iago in Othello, and The Dukes in As You Like It) is set in the last days of the Civil War. A divided Tennessee family is reunited, and enemies come together to enact Shakespeare’s play about the young king of England who earned the trust of his army and his country and restored hope for the future. Over the next five weekends, we invite you to join us in Nashville’s Centennial Park as we reflect on the American Civil War, using the very words that Shakespeare wrote over 400 years ago.

In addition to our production of Henry V at 7:30 p.m., 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 Henry V 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!

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The Big Payback: Help us raise $3,000 to put NSF in more schools

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Tomorrow, starting at 12 AM, is the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee‘s The Big Payback! Heard of it (or haven’t) and aren’t exactly sure what it is? Think of The Big Payback as a citywide competition in which there are no losers. Starting 12 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, nonprofit organizations within 40 Middle Tennessee counties have exactly 24 hours to man phones, host rallies, fire off Tweets and refresh Facebook like crazy in a bid for supporters to fill their warchests. The organizations large and small that raise the most money overall will receive a $7,500 grand prize, with 11 additional prizes of $2,500 awarded every few hours. (Corporate and individual sponsors supplied the prize money.)

For us at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, it’s an opportunity to raise much-needed funds, $3,000 to be exact, to support our educational outreach programming, including our annual High School Shakespeare Festival. The Second Annual High School Shakespeare Festival, held April 18th, 2015, included Pope John Paul II High School, Nashville School of the Arts, Hillsboro High School, Pearl Cohn High School, and Maplewood High School, and was funded in part by the 2014 Big Payback. Coordinated by Nashville Shakes, students and teachers from these area high schools came together for a full day of theater workshops and Shakespeare performances, all for free!

Two easy ways to get involved:

1.  We are asking our friends and supporters to remember to donate to us between the hours of 12 am and 12 pm on May 5th, to help us raise this $3,000. Whether you give $10, $25, or $1000, any amount can help us reach our goal. All donations can be made through this link: https://thebigpayback.org/#npo/the-nashville-shakespeare-festival

2.  Help spread the word about the Big Payback. Copy and paste the below messages to your Facebook and Twitter accounts and share the news with friends:

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Help support The Nashville Shakespeare Festival in its goal to to raise much-needed funds to support their educational outreach programming! Participate in the #BigPayback and donate May 5 between 12 am and 12 pm at https://thebigpayback.org/#npo/the-nashville-shakespeare-festival

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Today:
The countdown is on for The #BigPayback! Give to @nashvilleshakes on May 5 and help bring Shakespeare to area schools! https://thebigpayback.org/#npo/the-nashville-shakespeare-festival #cfmt

Tomorrow:
The #BigPayback is here! Give to @nashvilleshakes TODAY and help bring Shakespeare to area schools! https://thebigpayback.org/#npo/the-nashville-shakespeare-festival #cfmt

Thank you so much for all your support! We’ll see you online!

Students from 5 area high schools participated in the 2015 High School Shakespeare Festival, funded, in part, by the 2014 Big Payback.

Students from 5 area high schools participated in the 2015 High School Shakespeare Festival, funded, in part, by the 2014 Big Payback.

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Join us for InsideOut of the Lunch Box on November 20

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InsideOut of the Lunch Box
November 20, 2014
TPAC’s Polk Theater [map]
Free Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.
Program is from Noon – 1:00 p.m.

InsideOut of the Lunch Box is a lunchtime series sponsored by Vanderbilt University and Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) Education that includes enlightening panel discussions, performance excerpts, and a free lunch and we’re honored to be the selection for November!

Join us on Thursday, November 20th, at TPAC’s Polk Theater for a “look in” at what happens behind the scenes at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. NSF Artistic Director Denice Hicks will be joined on stage by actors Emily Landham (Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It), Amanda Card (As You Like It), Santiago Sosa (As You Like It, Twelfth Night) and Nat McIntyre (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, As You Like It), as she leads a discussion about the beauty, comedy, and relevance of the Bard right here in Music City. Those that attend will also have a chance to win tickets to see our Winter Shakespeare 2015 production of Twelfth Night. Free lunch and free tickets? Sounds like a great deal to us!

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: You must register to receive a complimentary lunch. Free box lunches will be provided for the first 300 people to respond. You must RSVP by Tuesday, November 18, to receive a free lunch.

Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. / Program is noon to 1:00 p.m.

>> RSVP Here <<

 See you on November 20th!

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A Shakespeare Halloween

All you need is a sheet and a crown and voilà, you’re the Ghost of Hamlet’s father! Photo by Brenda Sparks

The end of October is upon us! And for many of us, this means Halloween. While some of you have had your costume planned for weeks or even months, there are others out there (like some of our staff) who are just now realizing that Halloween is tomorrow(!) and are scrambling to orchestrate the perfect costume. It’s at times like these, we like to turn to our old friend William Shakespeare for some last-minute costume inspiration. From Athenian nobles to fairies to Italian lovers, Shakespeare has someone for everybody. And inspiration for many can be found in your own closet or pieced together from the costumes of years past. You don’t need to go full-on Elizabethan to build a Shakespeare-inspired costume, but do make sure to bring the theatrics. Your fellow party-goers will approve.

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Nashville Shakes to Perform at Southern Festival of Books October 12

2014 SFB ArtOne of our favorite things about living in Nashville is the great variety of cultural events. As a company who takes our name from one of the most influential playwrights of the our time, one of our favorites takes place this weekend, October 10-12 at the Legislative Plaza in downtown Nashville. The Southern Festival of Books is a free event that offers “readers and writers an opportunity to interact, and create a public community that promotes and celebrates the joy of reading and of lifelong learning.” In short, if you love books, reading and writing, this Festival is for you.

Each year the Festival brings about 250 of the nation’s and region’s finest authors to Nashville. There are mystery writers, acclaimed bestselling and debut novelists, poets, biographers, chefs and children’s authors. Every author on the program takes part in a session, either a solo reading or a panel discussion, followed by a book signing in the Author Signing Colonnade. Books by all the participating authors are available for sale at Festival book sales area, where proceeds support the Festival.

There’s also entertainment throughout the weekend. The Chapter 16 Stage highlights readings and other literary performances. The Café Stage features music by some of the area’s most talented songwriters and poets. Children events take place on the Youth Stage, with appearances by favorite characters, musicians, artists, and storytellers.

books1-1This year, we at Nashville Shakes are excited to be a part of the entertainment portion of the festival. On Sunday, October 12, from 1:00 – 1:45 pm, we will be presenting “Shakespeare and Songs” on the Artober Nashville stage at War Memorial Plaza in Downtown Nashville. Brian Russell and Denice Hicks will present scenes and monologues from the best of the Bard and Randy Lancaster will share a few of Shakespeare’s songs he has put to music. So come out to the plaza, grab lunch at a food truck and lend us your ears!

Nashville Shakes is proud to partner with Artober Nashville and the Southern Festival of Books this year, and would love to see you out on the Plaza. We’ll also be a friendly ear to share all your fantastic author moments with.

See you down there!

For more information, including schedule and visiting authors, visit the Tennessee Department of Humanities website.

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