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World Premiere Event:

Shakespeare's Case

Written by Nan Gurley, Denice Hicks, and Claire Syler

Directed by Claire Syler

May 29-30 , 2009

Troutt Theater at Belmont University

Photo by Rick Malkin

Friday, May 29, 6:30PM - World Premiere Party and Private Performance

Saturday, May 30, Two public Performances 2:30PM & 7:30PM - $15/Adult, $14/Senior, $8/Student

Shakespeare’s Case is a new play developed for the The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s educational outreach.  This one-hour production puts Shakespeare’s relevance on trial, with William Shakespeare himself appearing to argue his defense.  Drawing scripts, props, and costumes out of his traveling case, Shakespeare pleads his case using his theatrical skill and magic to convince the jury that he is innocent of being boring, confusing, and irrelevant.

Shakespeare's Case will be a humorous and informative introduction to Shakespeare's works for all ages as well as a delight for those who already love the Bard. Through this sixty-minute performance, Shakespeare re-emerges as not only relevant in the twenty-first century, but integral to our culture.  Through your support, we hope you will join us in educating your community about an artist whose mind and spirit so greatly influenced the history of our civilization and continues to inspire and inform us to this day.

Photo: Jeff Frazier

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Nashville Shakespeare Festival Spring and Summer 2009 Sponsorships

(As of May 1)

Globe Sponsors:


The Bronson and Martha Ingram Foundation

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The Dell Foundation

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