Two rising talents appointed as Associate Artistic Directors

 We are thrilled to welcome Ariana Karp and Anna Farkas as Associate Artistic Directors!

Associate Artistic Director Ariana Karp

Associate Artistic Director Ariana Karp

Ariana Karp has been named Associate Artistic Director of the International Shakespeare Center Santa Fe. Ms. Karp will be directing Dames of Thrones: Women in Shakespeare’s Histories at the Adobe Rose theater as part of the ISC’s First Folio February celebration. She was most recently on stage as Pa Ubu in Ubu Rex in New York City. She is a founding member of the New York City-based Ducdame Ensemble and directed their award-winning revival of Fuente Ovejuna for the FringeNYC 2015 festival. She is a core member of Stairwell Theater, a producer and director of Tabling: The Podcast. She holds a BA in Literature-Theatre at Reed College and graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) with an MA in Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre.

Associate Artistic Director Anna Farkas.  Photo by Charlotte Louise of East Photography

Associate Artistic Director Anna Farkas. Photo by Charlotte Louise of East Photography

Anna Farkas has also been named Associate Artistic Director of the International Shakespeare Center Santa Fe. Ms. Farkas is directing the 5-minute Shakespeare video project that will include clips from each play in Shakespeare’s First Folio shot in iconic Santa Fe locations. The videos will be hosted on the ISC video channel starting Spring 2016. She is also producing Speak the Speech: Directors’ Cuts showcase to be presented February 21, 1:00-3:00 pm at the St Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art. She is the Artistic Director of the the youth Shakespeare performance group Upstart Crows of Santa Fe.   

“The appointment of two young women of such extraordinary talent reflects the ISC’s intention to support up and coming artists.” says Kristin Bundesen, cofounder and ISC Board Member. “We look forward to supporting their artistic visions in the coming years.”

 

Making Five-minute Shakespeare in Santa Fe

With film-maker Henry Thomas in town from Dallas, the ISC made the most of his visit to shoot three clips for their upcoming Five-minute Shakespeare in Santa Fe project. The day’s work brings to five the number of almost-finished projects which feature scenes from each of the First Folio’s plays, filmed in iconic Santa Fe locations.

Sunday morning found us at Susan’s Fine Wine and Spirits producing Act I, Scene 3 from Twelfth Night. The store bar and racks of exotic vintages made the perfect setting for the tipsy Sir Toby Belch, played by Zachary Thomas.

Checking the take after filming a scene from  Antony and Cleopatra .

Checking the take after filming a scene from Antony and Cleopatra.

Three hours later we were off to St. John’s College to shoot Act I, Scene 1 from Othello in The Cave. Upstart Crows veteran Sterling White played Roderigo and Anna Farkas, the project’s artistic director, played the very nasty Iago. With some Johnnies filling in as extras, the coffee shop developed a lovely dangerous pub vibe.

Barbara Hatch as Charmian and Kelly Kiernan as Cleopatra

Barbara Hatch as Charmian and Kelly Kiernan as Cleopatra

We had just enough time to grab some cheese and bread for dinner at Whole Food before heading over to Santa Kilim on Canyon Road where owner Karim Saidi graciously made us feel very much at home. Wouldn’t you know he had the perfect antique curved dagger for us to use in our scene from Antony and Cleopatra? The next three hours were sheer magic, as Kelly Kiernan (Cleopatra), Barbara Hatch (Charmian), Anna Farkas (Messenger) and Sterling White (Mardian) performed Act II, Scene 5. Pity the Messenger - but doing repeated takes of all that stage violence was something the whole cast enjoyed! Local photographer Lynn Roylance stopped by to take production stills - you can see some glimpses of the excellent acting and film crew.

Kelly Kiernan as Cleopatra threatens Anna Farkas as the Messenger

Kelly Kiernan as Cleopatra threatens Anna Farkas as the Messenger

Internationally Renowned Artists and Academics Join the Advisory Board

We are thrilled to welcome Mark Rylance, Rodney Cottier, Dr. Robert Benedetti, and Dr. Lynn Robson to the ISC Santa Fe Advisory Board!

Elizabethan celebration - exactly how we feel about our new Advisory Board!

Elizabethan celebration - exactly how we feel about our new Advisory Board!

Mark Rylance was the first to join our Advisory Board. He is a double 2016 Golden Globe nominee for the movie Bridge of Spies and the PBS Masterpiece show Wolf Hall, was the Artistic Director at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London for its first ten years. Mr. Rylance’s career spans film, television, stage, and publishing. He has won the Olivier Award, two British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA), three Tony Awards, and an Emmy, among others. His play Nice Fish, which he co-wrote and is starring in, will be on stage in Boston and New York from January to March of 2016. So alas, he will miss our February celebrations.

Rodney Cottier, head of the Drama School at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), has over 30 years experience as a stage director. Mr. Cottier has trained some of the finest actors currently working including Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Star Trek Into Darkness), Ruth Wilson (The Affair, Saving Mr. Banks), Chiwetel Ejiofor (The Martian, 12 Years a Slave), Anna Maxwell Martin (Bleak House, Philomena), and David Oyelowo (Selma, Nightingale). The ISC is bringing Mr. Cottier, along with two colleagues, to Santa Fe in February when he will offer a master class on the First Folio and King Lear.

Dr. Robert Benedetti, as President of Ted Danson’s Anasazi Productions at Paramount Studios and as an independent screenwriter and producer, has won three Best Picture Emmys, two Humanitas Prizes and a Peabody Award for producing Miss Evers’ Boys and A Lesson Before Dying, both for HBO. He holds a PhD from Northwestern University, and was an early member of Chicago’s Second City Theatre. He served as the Chairman of the Acting Program at Yale University, and was Dean of Theater at CalArts. In 2012, he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theater at the Kennedy Center. He will be presenting three plays in summer 2016 in Santa Fe at Teatro Paraguas.  All the plays support Dr. Benedetti's commitment to the use of theater for social change.

Dr. Lynn Robson of Oxford University teaches a range of early modern topics, including Shakespeare. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK. Dr. Robson received the prestigious Oxford University Teaching Award and was voted Most Acclaimed Lecturer in the Humanities at Oxford. On a recent visit to Santa Fe, Dr. Robson led a discussion with the Santa Fe Shakespeare Close Readers.

Frankly, we are feeling rather festive that these distinguished artists and academics are supporting us!



Grateful for good friends, new friends, and Shakespeare enthusiasts!

Elizabeth Thornton, in red, greets ISC guests to her home. (Photo by Lynn Roylance)

Elizabeth Thornton, in red, greets ISC guests to her home. (Photo by Lynn Roylance)

Elizabeth Thornton’s home on Canyon Road and Delgado was especially radiant last Friday night. Each beautiful room in the historic adobe exuded a sparkle and warmth enhanced by the enthusiastic guests who had come to celebrate the launch of the International Shakespeare Center.

The Upstart Crows of Santa Fe singing Elizabethan tavern songs to welcome guests. (Photo by Lynn Roylance)

The Upstart Crows of Santa Fe singing Elizabethan tavern songs to welcome guests. (Photo by Lynn Roylance)

In the front courtyard, five young actors from Upstart Crows of Santa Fe sang songs from Shakespeare’s plays.

Enjoying Elizabethan sweets! (Photo by Lynn Roylance)

Enjoying Elizabethan sweets! (Photo by Lynn Roylance)

Inside, each room held a different delight: the exquisite Elizabethan savory and sweet treats created by Suzanne Cross and her superb cooks, silent auction items - from fine art to fine food, to Shakespearean booklets, reader’s editions, and the excitement of performances.

Edie Murphy dishing out the delicacies in the kitchen. (Photo by Lynn Roylance)

Edie Murphy dishing out the delicacies in the kitchen. (Photo by Lynn Roylance)

Rhea Maxwell's organizational skills were in full force deploying our amazing volunteers throughout the preparation, execution, and clean up.

Ariana Karp performing the "Willow" scene from  Twelfth Night . (Photo by Lynn Roylance)

Ariana Karp performing the "Willow" scene from Twelfth Night. (Photo by Lynn Roylance)

Ariana Karp of the award-winning Ducdame Ensemble in New York flew in to share her passion for Shakespeare. She and ISC board member Anna Farkas presented a scene from Twelfth Night. More young Crows gave the packed dining room a heartfelt taste of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. One of the highlights of the event was Robert Benedetti’s closing speech as Sir John Falstaff from Henry IV, Part 1 to a riveted crowd. Beni as he is known to his friends, is the newest member of our Advisory Board joining Mark Rylance. We are honored by his willingness to join us.  His extraordinary career highlights can be found here

Guests enjoying good conversation and good food! (Photo by Lynn Roylance)

Guests enjoying good conversation and good food! (Photo by Lynn Roylance)

The event was a success on many levels - a brilliant party, a chance to share all that the ISC has been doing, an introduction to our ongoing activities and an opportunity to support the upcoming visits of London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art teachers who will present three workshops in February for the First Folio celebration.  The celebration is coincident with The New Mexico Museum of Art's exhibit of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare supported by the National Endowment of the Humanities and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.  Fun fact: Our hostess, Elizabeth Thornton is a descendant of the Folgers!

Guests renewing and meeting new friends. (Photo by Lynn Roylance)

Guests renewing and meeting new friends. (Photo by Lynn Roylance)

As guests stepped back into the November darkness at the end of the evening, it seemed to us that they took the glow and warmth with them - a little touch of Shakespeare in the night. We are so grateful for the support!


Ariana Karp makes flying visit to Santa Fe to plan February events

Ariana Karp, Ducdame Ensemble actor and director, spent a packed 36 hours in Santa Fe that made New York Times travel writers look like slackers. Starting in Brooklyn at 2:00AM, braving a ride in a (possibly) Uber car that required its driver to use a breathalyzer to start the engine, Ariana touched down in Santa Fe at 9:30AM where she was met by board members Anna and Caryl Farkas. They hit the ground running with a visit to the Adobe Rose Theater to discuss a possible performance there in February, then off to Modern General for a meeting with director Genie Stevens to discuss a scene for the Speak the Speech, Director’s Cuts show. Anna and Ariana tried out the Richard/Elizabeth dialog from Richard III, Act IV, scene 4, which added an unusual note to the cafe buzz.

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ISC Director of Artistic Collaboration, Anna Farkas, director Genie Stevens, and Ducdame actor and director Ariana Karp at Modern General.

Then it was off to the Scottish Rite temple for a tour of their amazing historic space, and on to the Lensic to see Santa Fe’s marquee downtown performance space and talk with staff about future plans for the ISC. 

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Ariana surveys The Lensic from the stage.

Good thing we filled up at the General because we rolled up to St. John’s College just in time to shoot one of Anna Farkas’s Five-minute Shakespeare in Santa Fe productions with Anna Darrah. This is the second play we’ve done a clip from, and brilliant local Shakespearean Quinn Mander supported Ariana’s scene from King John

We wrapped the shoot at 4:30PM and headed out to Eldorado where Ariana met members of Upstart Crows of Santa Fe. She shared stories from her own days in a youth Shakespeare company and did a little directing as they prepared their tavern songs for the next night’s fundraiser. “Give your tavern-goer a back story,” she suggested. “Maybe you’re the one who sits in the corner missing his love, or you could be the one who’s trying to get a free drink. Think about the other people in the tavern, which one is your special friend, which one would you want to avoid, what do you think about the hostess…” She joined in the songs with them for very lively 45 minutes!

We couldn’t let her leave Santa Fe without a meal at Harry’s Roadhouse (which was packed, as usual). One blackened catfish plate with grits and greens later, we repaired to the Mermaid Tavern, ISC HQ, for dessert and a couple of hours of meet-and-greet with ISC board members and volunteers.

Friday morning was time for a little site-seeing appropriate for theater geeks. We visited all the spaces that the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts  (LAMDA) and Ducdame artists would be working during the February First Folio celebration and talked acoustics and seating arrangements. Then there was time to drop in to Double-take on Guadalupe to ogle the cowboy boots and turquoise and grab a bowl of green chile stew at Tia Sophia’s before our business meeting back at the Mermaid Tavern. 

Anna Farkas, ISC Board Member and Director of Artistic Collaboration, with Ariana Karp, Actor and Director of Ducdame Ensmble.

The board and Ariana shared blue-sky visions of our collaboration and worked out practical details of the upcoming February events. Pam Harper and Jack Fuchs, our organizational facilitators extraordinaire kept us on schedule so that Anna Farkas and Ariana would have time to rehearse their scene for that night’s fundraiser. We made a lightning run for costume repair items and then arrived at Elizabeth Thornton’s charming home on Canyon Road for the party. 

From 5:00-6:30PM, the ISC lit up the house with music, performance, and Shakespearean niblets. Ariana performed the “Willow cabin,” scene from Twelfth Night, Act 1, scene 5, and spent time talking to guests about the joys and virtues of training at LAMDA and performing classical theater. She let us know how much the “International,” in our name means to her ensemble members as they work to fulfill their dream of creating a well-traveled pathway to performances between London and the U.S.

Since she hadn’t had a chance to partake of the exquisite Elizabethan foods at the party, we popped up to the Teahouse on Canyon Road for a bite before driving Ariana down to Albuquerque for her red-eye back to New York. She arrived at 5:45AM giving her plenty of time to make it her 10:00AM tech rehearsal for Ubu Rex!

We applaud and appreciate her stamina and enthusiasm and look forward to her return in February with Ducdame. They’ll be performing Dames of Thrones - scenes featuring the women of Shakespeare’s history plays on Wednesday, February 17 at 7:30PM Stay tuned for more details!

 

A Board Member Review of the National Theater Broadcast of Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Most of the board, a bunch of ISC-SF support team members, and a murder of Upstart Crows took up seats in the balcony at the Lensic Performing Arts Center for the HD-live broadcast of the National Theater production of Hamlet from the Barbican Theater in London. The production raised some interesting questions that got hashed over at the Cowgirl restaurant later that night.

 Our young players loved it - because Sherlock + Shakespeare is going to add up to great joy for this crew. No question that Mr. Cumberbatch (A graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) provided an energetic, bravura performance. Some audience members were frankly, bowled over by his interpretation.

For the rest of us, the after party was spent mulling over the downside of theatrical wizardry. One of us had seen the show in previews in London on a particularly bad night when special effects kept malfunctioning. The impression at the time (delivered to us via a long and passionate Skype conversation) was that the re-ordering of text, giving one character’s lines to another for no apparent reason, the rampant paraphrasing, and the burden of competing with the stage effects was not conducive to great performance. 

The NT Live Broadcast was, in this same member’s opinion, a great improvement on the previews. Some of the text was back in places that made more sense. Happily you could see more of the performance in the broadcast than sitting in the theater, as conflicts between the Barbican’s sight lines and the blocking were not an issue on film. Seeing the actors up close via camera meant that you could see what they were dong more clearly and there was some very good acting going on.

Having said that, the thrill of seeing a talented favorite in the lead was tempered by the distraction of directorial choices, and the fact that the pleasures of the language were still getting lost in translation. My corner of the balcony gave up counting paraphrases in the text at a certain point.

Which brings us to the main point of our conversation at the cafe around midnight. Why would such a professional company disregard the text to such a degree? Which would you prefer - a deeply nuanced performance that respects the author and the language, or a complicated set with hurricane force blowing dirt, piles of debris, and slow-motion sequences?

We believe in the author, we believe in the text. We don’t hate million dollar sound and light systems, but we’d rather see the play done with full focus on the magic of the language and what it can do to actor and audience. Special effects should not overshadow the power of Shakespeare’s words.

Or, as Hamlet instructs us: “suit the action to the word, the word to the action”.

What does a scholar – of – record do?

Our very own Dr. Robin Williams is one of the scholars-of-record for the New Mexico Museum of Art’s exhibition the First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare.  (Board member, Dr. Kristin Bundesen, is the other scholar-of-record.)

This Thursday, Robin will be working with the museum’s docents, deepening their understanding not only about Shakespeare’s First Folio, but about the process of creating a book in the early 17th century.  She will describe how paper was made before wood pulp was used, how a manuscript was created, how a print shop marked up a manuscript, how the sheets were bound and the use of metal type.  These were all steps in creating a book at the time the First Folio was printed.

A folio page is approximately 8 ½ inches wide by 13 3/8 inches tall.  The First Folio is the name applied to the first publication of 36 plays attributed to Shakespeare.  The First Folio has 454 leaves, or what we might call pages. What is wonderful about the First Folio is that it includes fifteen plays for which no previous printed versions exist including some favorites like As You Like It, Macbeth, The Tempest, and Twelfth Night.

The docents are volunteers who deepen the experience of visitors to the museum.  They spend their time learning about each exhibit, artist and subject presented at the museum.  Then they provide this education to visitors in a comfortable informal manner. 

With this deeper contextual knowledge of books in the early 1600s the museum’s docents will be well prepared to share with visitors the effort involved in creating the First Folio. 

That’s one of the things a scholar – of –record can contribute to an exhibition like the First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare. The exhibit will be at the New Mexico Museum of Art in February 2016.  

NOTE: This talk is not open to the public.  Sorry! 

Award-winning acting company to perform Shakespeare in Santa Fe

“What’s that Ducdame? ‘Tis a Greek invocation, to call fools into a circle,” or so says Jacques in Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

Ducdame is also an award- winning theater ensemble coming to Santa Fe. The founders are artists spread across three countries and two continents: all of whom are graduates of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts’s Master’s Degree in Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre program.

One of the Ducdame members—Ariana Karp— is a dear friend. We met Ariana when she was 14 and apprentice-directing a production of Shaw’s Androcles and the Lion. She brought incredible insight to the play and amazing enthusiasm for the project. You wanted to hang around in the back of the theater just so you could soak up the vibe. 

Years passed, we acted together in a mixed-age production of King Lear and had a blast. Then, not long after she got out of college, we directed Macbeth together. There is nothing more bonding than co-directing the Scottish Play! We geeked out on textual details.

Then off she went to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art: LAMDA.

And here’s where collaboration and magic converge. 

Santa Fe is a hotbed of Shakespeare nerds. The thriving Shakespeare community includes the Shakespeare Close Readers group, the Upstart Crows of Santa Fe (a youth Shakespeare troupe), the Santa Fe Playhouse, the Santa Fe Shakespeare Society, the Lensic, the Jean Cocteau, and the Screen – more than we can name.

And now Shakespeare’s First Folio was coming to Santa Fe, courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library and the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibit, First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare will be at the New Mexico Museum of Art in February 2016. Event planning went into overdrive! ISC board member Anna went off to London for a summer Shakespeare course at LAMDA, and one hot Wednesday while having roast duck at Yin Yang, it hit us. What if LAMDA were be part of the First Folio celebrations in Santa Fe? The fortune cookie said, “Wednesday is your lucky day!”

Really.

E-mails were sent, phone calls were made, Anna met with Joanna Read, LAMDA’s principal in London. It was all coming together. If only, said Joanna, there were people who could demonstrate the LAMDA teaching style at workshops held in Santa Fe. 

So we picked up the phone and called dear Ariana. Yes,-she’d love to come. So would much of her amazing New York-based acting company, Ducdame, which had just won an award at the NYFringe festival.

So this is how we know Ducdame. Ariana grew up, trained at LAMDA, made friends at the conservatory, and formed an acting company with those friends when they returned to the States. The First Folio is destined for Santa Fe revving up all the Shakespeare adrenaline. Anna met with Joanna at LAMDA. Santa Fe is full of Shakespeare nerds. The ISC formed. We’ve created a circle of organizations.

And the fortune cookie said it was our lucky day.

 

 

 

 

 

A Facelift for Shakespeare? Fie on dumbing us down!

It showed up in our Facebook feeds: “A Facelift for Shakespeare: A new translation effort aims to make all of Shakespeare’s plays comprehensible to today’s audiences”.

We tracked down the Wall Street Journal article and found ourselves torn between annoyance and amusement at the author’s discussion of what we consider a non-problem—but one the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is championing by commissioning modern English translations of Shakespeare’s thirty-nine plays.

Mr. McWhorter, a respected academic in the field of linguistics, does his best to make a case for the need of translating Shakespeare into something he considers more accessible by the lay person.  

We were reminded of the suggestion from Julian Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey, a couple years ago that the Bard’s language is inaccessible without “a very expensive education.” At the time, Dame Janet Suzman, a London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) graduate, responded with “patent piffle.” Well put, we say!

Dame Suzman continued: "I have worked with prisoners who have no education whatsoever, as well as with homeless men in South Africa, and their response to Shakespeare has been shatteringly powerful. There's an instinctive emotional connection: you don't have to have an education to respond to it."

We could not agree more.

McWhorter argues that Shakespeare’s language is difficult to comprehend four centuries after the publication of the First Folio, the published collection of the plays that preserved the work for modern debate. He contends that the work is perceived as “medicinal,” that the “words are ‘elevated’ and that it is our job to reach up to them,” and that because the work is poetic, it is difficult.

Since the vast majority of Shakespeare’s text is in verse, it’s certainly fair to say the language is poetic. But have we reached the point where all poetry, by definition, is hard to comprehend and in need of translation? Is it a bad thing to be challenged by complexity?

Doonesbury did a riff on this a while back, where "What light through yonder window breaks" became "Oh wow, look at the moon." The difference is self-evident. While the project the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is sponsoring does not propose such a radical translation, we argue that no translation is necessary.

The reason we’re still reading and attending these plays is not because they have brilliant plot lines. Most of those were borrowed and re-worked. While we may identify with the characters, many of those characters were stock and worn.

It’s the language.

Someone once suggested that Shakespeare’s language reflects an Elizabethan notion that artifice could produce a simulacrum of reality. If you were a master of rhetoric and poetry, if you could manipulate sound and rhythm, use antitheses and imagery, and artfully "set the word itself against the word," you really could make a mere "cockpit hold the vasty fields of France".

Readers and actors derive meaning from the sound, depth, and nuance of Shakespeare’s inspired choice of words. The genius of Shakespeare is that it reaches us on multiple levels that we are scarcely conscious of at first encounter. This poetry melds heart and brain and takes us to places we didn’t realize existed, places that feel like home and yet come packed with a frisson of revelation. And it’s something we all can feel.

A 14-year-old in the Upstart Crows of Santa Fe youth Shakespeare group said, “Save us from the horror of modern people who want everything to be simple for their snow-pea brains.”

If we are to “embrace Shakespeare for real and let him speak to us,” then we should actually let him speak to us—speak in the extraordinary language he had a hand in inventing, in the language that has left such a powerful impression on our ears and minds until, four hundred years later, we’re still using the phrases and the words he coined.

Fie on dumbing us down!

 

ISC • in Progress!

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!