Celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday!

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How are YOU celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th birthday? If you haven’t made plans, check out how some of our local theatre companies are honoring Sir William and join in!
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“…there was a star danced, and under that was I born.”  –Much Ado About Nothing
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On the big day, April 23, be on the lookout for the Salty Shakespeare folks who will be doing a flash mob run-through all over the campus of Whittier College. Be especially observant in the lunchroom where, rumor has it, Polonius will be killed. The dress-run is in preparation for a full flash of what the company affectionately calls “Hamlet’s Greatest Hits” that will take place the next day. www.saltyshakespeare.com

Also on the 23rd, Long Beach Shakespeare Company will celebrate by presenting a night of Shakespeare sonnets, with everyone in attendance receiving a book of the complete sonnets as a free gift. www.lbshakespeare.org

The comedy series Complete Works will premiere all five of its episodes on Hulu on Shakespeare’s birthday, April 23. www.completeworks.tv  More

Long Beach Shakespeare Company Plans a Month-long Shakespeare Celebration

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Long Beach Shakespeare Company kicks off Shakespeare’s birthday month beginning this weekend with the return of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). The three lewd, but lovely, ladies from last year’s production are back, bawdier and more hilarious than ever, with new gags, stunts, costumes and set design. March 28 – April 6. Tickets are $10. (Not suitable for young children.)

On April 11 and 12, LBSC presents Fractured Shakespeare, a one-man play in which Mark Twain discusses his ideas on who wrote Shakespeare’s plays, adapted from Twain’s “Is Shakespeare Dead.” No matter which side of the authorship question you’re on, this is a humorous and thought-provoking presentation, starring LBSC’s Man of a Thousand Voices, Carl Wawrina.

A staged reading of Richard Armour’s Twisted Tales from Shakespeare will take place on April 25 and 26. Born in San Pedro in 1906, Richard Armour attended Pomona College and then Harvard University. He studied with the eminent Shakespearean scholar George Lyman Kittredge, and obtained a Ph.D. in English philology. Twisted Tales From Shakespeare is a series of short pieces, filled with puns and plays on words, given in lecture style, providing a comic overview of some of the Bard’s best-known plays. The evening will especially comfort those who have been forced to sit through dull classes in Shakespeare in high school or college.

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AS YOU LIKE IT Now Playing at Long Beach Shakespeare Company

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If you love the Adventures of Robin Hood, then you’ll love Shakespeare’s As You Like It. The magical Forest of Arden hides a banished group of heroes, damsels in distress and in disguise, and rollicking romance and comedy. You’ll hear some of Shakespeare’s most often quoted lines and meet some of his best-loved characters in this fast-paced, light-hearted tale that promises fun for the whole family. Presented now through June 29 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 2:00 pm) by the Long Beach Shakespeare Company in the Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807 in Bixby Knolls. General Admission tickets are $20, Students $10. For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://lbshakespeare.org/.

Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s Romeo & Juliet

Jacob Ochsner as Benvolio and Nathan Dean Snyder as Romeo in Long Beach Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet

An unexpected jewel shines quietly in the background of Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s Romeo & Juliet. He is young Jacob Ochsner, who plays Romeo’s cousin Benvolio, a role that may not have as much stage time as the title characters, nor contain the passionate verbal exchanges of the nephews of the houses of Capulet and Montague, but allows for an actor to remain focused on his own contrasting point of view. Though Benvolio’s efforts are ultimately unsuccessful, he remains constant in his attempts to keep the peace, and Ochsner understands his role.  More

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