38th annual Shakespeare Festival at Penn State Fayette, Jan. 25-29
The crown jewel of the week’s activities is a two-hour performance of Much Ado About Nothing by
The National Players on Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 7-9 p.m. in the Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium in the Community Center. The National Players, from the University of Maryland, is the country’s longest-running classical touring company. The performance is free, but reservations are required by calling
The festival week also includes three Shakespeare workshops. All are free and open to the public (for large groups, please call 724-430-4271 to make reservations).
- “Actors’ Journey Through Shakespeare”—a demonstration presented by cast members of the National Players acting company on Monday, Jan. 25, from noon-2 p.m. in the Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium in the Community Center.
- “Taking Shakespeare from Page to Stage”—a demonstration focused on Comedy of Errors, presented by Shakespeare-in-the-Schools on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from noon-1:30 p.m. in the Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium in the Community Center.
- “Stage Combat”—a demonstration presented by Shakespeare-in-the-Schools on Friday, Jan. 29, from noon-1 p.m. in the Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium in the Community Center.
Founded by Dr. Dennis Brestensky in 1972, the Shakespeare Festival is a cultural tradition at Penn State Fayette. He says that the premiere event this year is The National Players’ production of Much Ado About Nothing, but attendees will be thrilled with the Stage Combat demonstration. “The audience will learn the fundamentals of sword fighting and how to throw a good punch on stage,” Dr. Brestensky explains.
Rounding out the week are special Shakespeare-related exhibits in the Penn State Fayette Library available for public viewing, including “Shakespeare’s Stratford,” a guest exhibit of photographs taken by Dennis Brestensky; a collection of Shakespeare memorabilia from Jeff Martin, a retired English teacher from Albert Gallatin Senior High School; and unique and imaginative projects created by students from past Introduction to Shakespeare classes at the Fayette Campus. Library hours to view the special exhibits during the Shakespeare Festival are: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to