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39th Annual Shakespeare Festival at Penn State Fayette, Jan. 24-28

1/14/2011 —

Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus will host the 39th annual Shakespeare Festival Jan. 24-28. This popular week-long event returns with a variety of activities including various acting demonstrations, special exhibits and a Shakespeare play performance.

This year’s feature event is a two-hour performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by The National Players on Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 7-9 p.m. in the Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium in the Community Center. The National Players, from the Olney Theatre Center in Maryland, is the country’s longest-running classical touring company. The performance is free, but reservations are required by calling 724-430-4271.

The festival week also includes two Shakespeare workshops and a performance. 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. 24, from 12:15-2 p.m. in the Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium in the Community Center.
  • “Shakespeare’s Lovers and Fighters”—a performance highlighting Shakespeare’s most famous fights and romances will be presented by Shakespeare-in-the-Schools on Thursday, Jan. 27, from noon-1 p.m. in the Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium in the Community Center.
  • “Taking Shakespeare from Page to Stage”—a demonstration focused on The Two Gentlemen of Verona presented by Shakespeare-in-the-Schools on Friday, Jan. 28, from noon-1:30 p.m. in the Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium in the Community Center.

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; “Shakespeare and Popular Culture” artifacts from the collection of Jeffrey 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 5 p.m.

Founded by former Penn State Fayette English professor Dr. Dennis Brestensky in 1972, the Shakespeare Festival is a cultural tradition at Penn State Fayette that is popular with local school groups and community members, many of which return year-after-year for more Shakespeare.

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