SUNY Broome students are currently rehearsing in Zoom meetings for their virtual theater production giving homage to the man considered by most to be the greatest dramatist of all time, William Shakespeare.
SHAKESPEARE Bits and Pieces: Words of the Bard of Avon will be presented on the SUNY Broome YouTube page in early May.
“Rarely are this many words from across the spectrum of his work presented in one place,” said theater director Katherine Bacon. “The show will include selections from his 154 sonnets as well as from Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Julius Caesar, Henry VI, Part 1, King Lear, The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, and quotes from many others. And I’m happy to say we have a few SUNY Broome theater graduates participating,” she said.
Shakespeare’s characters and “words” resonate with each of us every day in ways that we may not even know which is why many consider him to be the greatest writer in the English language.
With “virtual” production still necessary, actors are working from their own homes using mostly their own equipment and battling the Wi-Fi/reception issues too. All the production elements that are normally taken care of in the live theater space now are being incorporated remotely.
“Despite these obstacles, the theater and music worlds are working at keeping these arts thriving during this time, such as the Folger Shakespeare Library’s ‘The Show Must Go on Online’” Bacon said.
Submitted by: Katherine Bacon
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