The air is filled with the scent of roasting green chile, the aspens are turning gold, the days are still warm under deep blue skies, and nights are getting cooler. Fall has come to Santa Fe.
The Santa Fe Shakespeare Close Readers, the country's most active Shakespeare reading group, is now running two reading groups every Sunday. The morning group, which meets from 11 to 1, is close-reading Measure for Measure; the afternoon group, which meets from 1:30 to 3:30, is reading the history plays and are currently in the middle of Henry V. Facilitated by ISC board member and Shakespeare scholar, Robin Williams, these groups have been expanding exponentially over the past year. Santa Fe is a hotbed of Shakespeare enthusiasts!
Our partner youth Shakespeare group, the Upstart Crows of Santa Fe, performed last weekend at the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair at Las Golondrinas. They did scenes from their recent production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, an audience-participation version of Antony’s funeral oration from Julius Caesar, and lots of tavern songs from Henry IV parts 1 and 2 at the Fair’s tavern tent. Keep an eye on www.UpstartCrowsofSantaFe.org to see what these young Shakespeare enthusiasts are up to! They are part of the ISC’s educational outreach, providing programs to schools, community centers, and libraries. Earlier this month, twenty-two company members, ages 11 to 16, making up two casts, began rehearsals for a January production of an uncut The Winter's Tale which will perform in January at the Scottish Rite Temple.
During the first week of November, Dr. Williams and Dr. Bundesen will lead a reading of scenes from the Henry VI triad to tie in with ISC board member Kristin Bundesen’s well-attended “Wars of the Roses” lecture series at Santa Fe’s Renesan Institute.
O what a scandal it is to our crown
That two such noble peers as ye should jar.
Believe me, lords, my tender years can tell
Civil dissention is a viperous worm
That gnaws at the bowels of the commonwealth.
Act 3, scene 1
Expect relevance and resonance! Stay posted for exact time and location.
In December, Anna Farkas will direct a seasonal entertainment—scenes from Twelfth Night. Local actors will collaborate with seasoned Shakespeare actors from the University of New Mexico Theater Department to produce an evening filled with poetry, comedy, and at least one ridiculous sword fight.
All these events are lead-ins to February’s First Folio events with LAMDA (from London) and Ducdame Ensemble (from New York). Check out this acclaimed young company from New York here: http://DucdameEnsemble.wix.com/ducdameand stay tuned for more details on their visit.
The ISC has had a busy month making plans and connecting with the community!