NSF to Host Shakespeare on the Road

Shakespeare on the Road

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.

The traveling team includes 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, United Kingdom), AJ Leon, Founder and Chief Maker of Trouble at the “nomadic creative shop” Misfit, Inc.; and Melissa Leon, Chief of Staff at Misfit, Inc. They began their road trip July 4 at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in Kansas City and will finish it in Washington, D.C., in early September.

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. 

Join us in welcoming the Shakespeare on the Road team!


Shakespeare on the Road will present this plaque made from a piece of a cedar tree that grew in the garden of William Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Shakespeare on the Road will present this plaque made from a piece of a cedar tree that grew in the garden of William Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Saturday, August 23

11 a.m. at the Downtown Nashville Public Library
“Bard in the USA: A Summer on the Road with Shakespeare”
Reception and Public Lecture

7:00 p.m. at Shakespeare in the Park, As You Like It
The Shakespeare on the Road team will present Nashville Shakes with a commemorative plaque to mark the visit. The plaque comes attached to a slice of wood cut from a tree from Shakespeare’s birthplace.

Sunday, August 24

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Black Box Theater
(Belmont Blvd. at Compton Avenue, Belmont University)
“Shakespeare on Page and Stage: Teaching and Staging Shakespeare in the 21st Century”
Panel and Open Forum Discussion

Stay tuned for more exciting details to come! For more information on Shakespeare on the Road, and to follow their journey, visit www.shakespeareontheroad.com

As You Like It will run Thursdays – Sundays, and Labor Day Monday, at Nashville’s Centennial Park. For more information, visit our website.

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