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Thinking Shakespeare Live!

Sunday, July 17, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.

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

Drawn from Edelstein’s approachable and inviting book Thinking Shakespeare: A How-To Guide for Student Actors, Directors, and Anyone Else Who Wants to Feel More Comfortable with the Bard, Thinking Shakespeare Live! will feature Edelstein, who will be joined by three professional classical actors. This program is 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 Thinking Shakespeare Live! across the country, including at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC.

In addition to serving as Artistic Director at the Globe, Edelstein is a renowned stage director, producer, and educator. He has directed over half of the Bard’s plays. Among his Globe directing credits are The Winter’s Tale, Othello, The Twenty-Seventh Man, the world premiere of Rain, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and Romeo and Juliet, among others. He oversaw The Old Globe’s inaugural Classical Directing Fellowship program. Prior to joining the Globe, Edelstein was the Director of the Shakespeare initiative at The Public Theater (New York City), and the Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company (New York City). His book Thinking Shakespeare is considered the standard text on American Shakespearean acting.

Thinking Shakespeare Live! is a key part of the Globe’s annual Shakespeare Festival in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, held each summer. This year’s offerings include The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s masterful comedic take on the battle of the sexes, directed by Shana Cooper, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Bard’s most joyful and popular comedy, directed by Patricia MacGregor. The Taming of the Shrew will be staged June 5 through July 10, 2022, with the opening on Saturday, June 11. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will run July 31 to September 4, 2022, with the opening on Saturday, August 6.

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Thinking Shakespeare Live! 2013

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