Everything’s coming up Shakespeare this year, as New Rochelle Council on the Arts plans an ambitious “Sound Shore Shakespeare Festival” with a grant from New York Council on the Humanities.
The festival, which runs March through May, folds some already established works under the umbrella of the over-arching effort, including Dee O’Brien’s magical Semi-Royal Shakespeare Company at Hommocks Middle School.
Events are planned in Larchmont, Mamaroneck and New Rochelle.
Here’s the schedule:
March 4 – 7: Semi Royal Shakespeare Company performances at Hommocks Middle School in Larchmont; tickets $10; visit www.mamkschools.org to reserve.
- March 4: 7:30 p.m. “Macbeth”
- March 5: 8 p.m. “The Taming of the Shrew”
- March 6: 2 p.m. “The Taming of the Shrew”; 8 p.m. “Macbeth”
- March 7: 1 p.m. “Macbeth”; 7 p.m. “The Taming of the Shrew”
April 8: “Shakespeare In Opera” at NRHS Linda Kelly Theater. New Rochelle Opera presents excerpts from operas inspired by Shakespeare, sung by up-and-coming professional singers from the metropolitan area. Tickets $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students; all proceeds benefit New Rochelle Opera and the Museum of Arts & Culture. Call 914-576-1617 to reserve.
March 27 and April 14: “The Met Live in HD” at New Roc Regal Cinema, 6:30 pm: “Hamlet – Ambroise Thomas” Adults $22, seniors $20, students $15. Simon Keenlyside and Natalie Dessay bring their extraordinary acting and singing skills to two of the Bard’s most unforgettable characters in this new production. Watch it live on March 27th or enjoy the encore performance on April 14th.
April 18: “Odes for the Bard” Enjoy the literary musings of the Bard, a little light music and a tasty reception designed to whet the senses of the Shakespearean age. At 3 pm at St. John’s Wilmot Episcopal Church, corner of North Avenue at Wilmot Road. Sponsored by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts and The New Rochelle Garden Club in celebration of the city’s annual Daffodil Festival. Free. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
April 23: Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration at Iona College. Celebrate the 349th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death (and perhaps the 446th anniversary of his birth) at Iona College with Professor John Mahon, co-editor of The Shakespeare Newsletter. Enjoy some birthday cake and a lecture by this leading authority on the Bard. Free. Call (914) 633-2060 for details.
May 4 – 17: “Inspired by Shakespeare” Exhibit at the Museum of Arts & Culture. A juried art show of works in a variety of media; artists will be asked to provide a statement that ties their work to a specific inspiration in the work of William Shakespeare, either a specific play or sonnet, a character or a scene. Opening reception May 13th at 7 pm. The MAC is a program of the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence and is open to the public Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 3 pm, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 pm. For details visit www.dbmac.org.
May 7-8: Knighthorse Theater Company in residence at New Rochelle High School (Linda Kelly Theater). Because Knighthorse Theater Company travels without sets and uses only minimal props, the “magic” of their productions is wholly dependent upon the supremacy of Shakespeare’s language and the vast, untapped potential of the combined imaginations of actors and audience. Knighthorse will conduct student workshops by invitation only during the day May 6th and 7th; evening performance May 7th and 8th will be open to the public. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, with all proceeds benefiting the Museum of Arts & Culture. Visit www.dbmac.org for details.
May 11 (rain date May 18): Concert in the Shakespeare Garden at Davenport Park, sponsored by New Rochelle Council on the Arts, New Rochelle Garden Club and New Rochelle Parks & Recreation. One of the first of its kind in the U.S. the Shakespeare Garden was planted by the Avon Bard Society in 1937. Enjoy views of the garden and Long Island Sound during this free outdoor concert. (Rain date is May 18th) Visit www.newrochellearts.org for more information.
May 13-27 : A Shakespeare Film Festival at the New Rochelle Public Library. A free film series featuring cinematic versions of Shakespeare’s works with interpretive discussions led by Iona College professors John Mahon and Tom Pendleton, co-editors of The Shakespeare Newsletter. Films will be shown at 7 pm in the Ossie Davis Theater. Visit www.nrpl.org for details.
All events listed are subject to change; visit www.newrochellearts.org for regular updates.