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Thinking Shakespeare Live! 2019

April 06 - June 08

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Photo Credits

Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein leads Thinking Shakespeare Live! (2013). Photo by Doug Gates.

Thinking Shakespeare Live! 2019

Summary

Saturday, April 6, 2019
and
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

For many San Diegans, their ability to understand and appreciate the wonders of the Bard during our Summer Shakespeare Festival has increased exponentially since they joined us for Thinking Shakespeare Live! Part of The Old Globe’s ongoing commitment to serve the public good by hosting programs that make theatre matter to more people, Thinking Shakespeare Live! is consistently one of our most popular offerings, a 90-minute exploration of the language of Shakespeare led by the Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and assisted by three professional classical actors.

This special program, based on Edelstein’s book Thinking Shakespeare: A How-To Guide for Student Actors, Directors, and Anyone Else Who Wants to Feel More Comfortable with the Bard, reveals a performer’s approach to Shakespearean language so audiences may easily understand the poetry of the Bard. An ideal introduction to Shakespeare for families and young audiences as well as an exciting new look at the playwright for Bardophiles, Edelstein has performed this across the country, including at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC. The book was re-released last summer in a revised edition by Theatre Communications Group. There will be volumes available for purchase, and Mr. Edelstein will sign copies following the event.

In preparation for The Old Globe’s 2019 Shakespeare Festival (which will include the romantic comedy As You Like It, directed by Jessica Stone, and the love-filled tragedy Romeo and Juliet, directed by Edelstein)—or just to get more enjoyment from his work—Thinking Shakespeare Live! is a fast-paced, funny, and altogether fascinating guide to the language of the Bard. In this lively 90-minute program, Edelstein, called by NPR “one of the country’s leading Shakespeareans,” provides audiences a unique opportunity to learn the methods he imparts to professional actors in the rehearsal room. As Edelstein and three skilled actors demonstrate these techniques live on stage, this entertaining behind-the-scenes look at the creative process offers a primer on the tools used to hear and understand Shakespeare. With humor and insight, it brings audiences into the intoxicating world of the Bard and shows how his masterful poetry can come to life for everyone.

Tickets are currently available to subscribers by phone only. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, March 8 at 12 noon.