SUNY Broome Theater announces the virtual production for the spring semester to be a retrospective of the most famous, and still most produced playwright in the world, William Shakespeare. The show will be on the SUNY Broome YouTube page at a date to be announced in late April or early May.

The show, once again created entirely in a virtual world, will contain “bits and pieces” of Shakespeare’s world from famous scenes, monologues and sonnets. Shakespeare’s plots and characters involve love, betrayal, intrigue and everything in between.  Phrases and words we use every day are directly from Shakespeare’s plays such as “good riddance,” “too much of a good thing,” “dead as a doornail,” “tower of strength” and many others. 

Selections in the virtual production will come from a long list of Shakespeare’s plays such as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar, Henry VI, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Othello, etc.  Shakespeare wrote at least 37 plays, tragedies, histories and comedies as well as 154 sonnets and many poems.  “Students taking our Oral Interpretation class will be participating with their “pieces” along with the theater students. Songs from the period are planned along with a dance piece,” said theater director Katherine Bacon.

Referred to by many as the Bard of Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-On-Avon in England, now houses the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Formed in 1847, and with the help of Charles Dickens, the purchase of his birthplace was for preservation as a national memorial. The Trust consists of his birth home, that of his wife Anne Hathaway, the church where he is buried, and many other structures which are now visited by millions of people from all over the world. Stratford-On-Avon is also home to the world renowned Royal Shakespeare Company.

Stay tuned for more information soon!

Submitted by: Katherine Bacon