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Open Mic Shakespeare – TUESDAY, Sep 2 at 7pm – HAMLET

Come and take a part in OPEN MIC SHAKESPEARE, an ongoing series of free, open readings of Shakespeare plays sponsored by the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival.

On TUESDAY, September 2 at 7pm, we’re meeting at Negative Space Gallery and Cafe, located in the AsianTown Plaza building at 3820 Superior Ave. Free parking and the entrance to the building is located off of 38th St (Lots B and C) between Payne and Superior. Take the stairs or elevator to the second floor.
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Considered one of the most powerful tragedies in the English language, Hamlet is also widely regarded as both the best of Shakespeare’s work and “the perfect play”. Set in the kingdom of Denmark, the play’s hero, Prince Hamlet, is compelled to exact revenge on his Uncle Claudius for both the murder of his father, King Hamlet and his Uncle’s subsequent succession to the throne and marriage to Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother. Guilty of his nephew’s accusations and fearful of his intent, Claudius eventually manipulates Laertes, the son of his ally Polonius, into a lethal fencing match with Hamlet by leading him to believe that Hamlet murdered Polonius. Laertes also believes that Hamlet was responsible for the death of his sister Ophelia who committed suicide in a state of madness and grief for her love of Hamlet. A duel between Hamlet and Laertes takes place deciding the fates of all concerned.

Because the play is so long and so rich, we’ll be reading the first half of the play this month, and follow up with the conclusion next month.

Roles will be assigned at the beginning of the event and rotated throughout the play without regard to traditional casting considerations, to give a chance to everyone who wants to read.

Our readings are BYOB – Bring Your Own Bottle and Bring Your Own Bard! We will have a limited number of copies available, so if you have a copy of your own, please bring it.
Likewise, there may be some beer, wine, coffee or tea available for donation but if you have a thirst for something specific, bring it yourself.

2014 Open Mic Shakespeare Schedule

On the first Monday of each month, we gather in an informal, social setting, for the pleasure of speaking and hearing the verse aloud.

January 14: Antony and Cleopatra
February 3: Antony and Cleopatra (conclusion)
March 3: Julius Caesar
April 7: Merry Wives of Windsor
May 5: Much Ado About Nothing
June 2: Postponed
July 7: Othello
Aug 4: Timon of Athens
Sep 1: Hamlet (first half)
Oct 6: Hamlet (conclusion)
Nov 3: Troilus and Cressida
Dec 1: Henry VI, Part 1

We meet at the Negative Space Gallery and Cafe, at E 38th and Superior, in the AsianTown Plaza shopping center.  Come early to have a drink and socialize.  Reading begins at 7pm.

Roles are distributed prior to reading, and we switch it up each act, so there are plenty of chances to read a variety of roles.

BYOB – Bring Your Own Bottle (if you care to have a drink) and Bring Your Own Bard – limited copies of the script will be available, so please bring your own if you have one.
Free apps are available for iPad and Android with the complete works.

We welcome all comers, regardless of acting experience. It’s even OK if you just want to come and listen, although often folks can’t resist the fun and join in before the evening’s over.

See our Facebook events page to RSVP


Our 2013 Tour Schedule and Venues

Our 2013 Summer Season:

Two Gentlemen Of Verona – directed by Pandora Robertson and Measure for Measure – directed by Tyson Rand

All performances are at 7pm

Friday, June 14 Measure for Measure Notre Dame College, South Euclid
Saturday, June 15 Measure for Measure Notre Dame College, South Euclid
Friday, June 21 Two Gentlemen of Verona Notre Dame College, South Euclid
Saturday, June 22 Two Gentlemen of Verona Notre Dame College, South Euclid
Saturday, June 29 Measure for Measure Kulas Stage on Wade Oval, University Circle
Sunday, June 30 Two Gentlemen of Verona Kulas Stage on Wade Oval, University Circle
Saturday, July 6 Measure for Measure James A. Garfield Historical Site, Mentor
Sunday, July 7 Two Gentlemen of Verona Penitentiary Glen Reservation, Kirtland
Saturday, July 13 Measure for Measure Community Colonnade, Shaker Heights
Sunday, July 14 Two Gentlemen of Verona Community Colonnade, Shaker Heights
Saturday, July 20 Measure for Measure Stocker Center for the Arts, Elyria
Sunday, July 21 Two Gentlemen of Verona Stocker Center for the Arts, Elyria
Saturday, July 27 Measure for Measure Lakewood Park, Lakewood
Sunday, July 28 Two Gentlemen of Verona Lakewood Park, Lakewood
Saturday, August 3 Measure for Measure Lincoln Park, Tremont
Sunday, August 4 Two Gentlemen of Verona Lincoln Park, Tremont