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Shakespeare's Case (more)

Troutt Theater at Belmost University

January 13-3, 2011

Written by Nan Gurley, Denice Hicks, and Claire Syler

Directed by Beki Baker

Set Design by 615scenic

Costume Design by June Kingsbury

Music by Anwen Wilkerson

Light Design by Anne Willingham

Prosecuting Attorney Nan Gurley*
Judge Denice Hicks
English Teacher Jon Royal
William Shakespeare Brian Webb Russell*
Musician Anwen Wilkerson

* Denotes Member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States

A Note from the Director

In his memorial verse “To the memory of my beloved, the Author Mr. William Shakespeare: and what he hath left us,” fellow playwright Ben Jonson declared Shakespeare “the applause, delight, and wonder of our Stage!  He was not of an age but for all time.” 

Four hundred years later, as Shakespeare’s works endure in both literature and performance, it would appear Jonson was right.  Historians, scholars, and artists alike recognize Shakespeare’s mastery of the English language, as well as his creative characters, classic narratives, and timeless themes.  Now in the 21st century, we have instant access to everything Shakespeare including his scripts and their subsequent translations, adaptations, spin-offs, and more.  We recognize films, songs, books, and even political speeches inspired by Shakespeare’s works.  Why, then, do teachers and students struggle every year to swim through Shakespeare’s texts in the classroom?  As many students might say, “Shakespeare is hard!”

Fear not, friends.  Two years ago, three professional theatre artists sat down to write a play that could break down barriers and create the opportunity for audiences of all ages to understand (and fall in love with) the Bard!  Shakespeare’s Case closely examines Shakespeare’s relevance in the contemporary classroom and culture. It is my hope that Shakespeare’s poetic language, combined with the spectacle of this production, will solidify the Bard’s relevance in your lives today.  Thank you for your journey to the theatre, and remember that the fate of Shakespeare is in your hands!

Beki Baker



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