NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ever wanted to say you’ve read all of Shakespeare’s plays? The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s “Shakespeare Allowed!” series kicks off with Henry VI, Part 1, noon July 7 at the main branch of the Nashville Public Library and will continue on the first Saturday of every month for the next three years – until all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays have been read out loud.
The library, also co-sponsor of the monthly program, will host a kick-off party at 11 a.m. with drinks and snacks just before the reading. This event is always free and open to the public.
For the first time, “Shakespeare Allowed!” will also be in Rutherford County. Led by Kevin Compton, local actor and Shakespeare aficionado, the satellite program will start in the middle of the canon with “As You Like It,” in order to allow for die-hard Shakespeare fans to attend twice a month in different locations and read the complete works in half the time. The first play in Rutherford County will be noon July 21 at the Linebaugh Public Library.
How It Works:
Readers meet at 11:50 a.m. There will be 16 chairs in a circle and whoever wants to read out loud can choose one of the 16. The readings are done "round-robin" style, with each reader in the circle getting the next speech. No previous acting experience is required. There will be additional seating available for anyone who wants to read along silently. The reading starts at noon. A 15-minute break in the middle of each play will take place. Some copies of the play will be available, but bring your own if possible.
For more information, visit www.nashvilleshakes.org/shakespeare-allowed.
Photo credit: The Nashville Shakespeare Festival
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The Nashville Shakespeare Festival