TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING: A Shakespeare Shorts Festival
Preview Night – February 11th 7 PM, feat Devised & Experimental work
February 15th at 7 PM, feat Shakespeare to Hip Hop
February 16th at 7 PM, feat What Cheer? Shakespeare Company and Shakesperotica
February 17th at 7 PM, feat Rhode Island Shakespeare Company and Bard the Band
AS220 Black Box Theatre – 95 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903
Preview Night – $7 at the Door
Advance Tickets – $10
Tickets at the Door – $15-$25 sliding scale, $5 cover for features after 9 PM
$20 for a Festival Pass, available online
For more information, go to the Facebook event
TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING is Rhode Island’s first Shakespeare Shorts Festival, gathering together traditional and experimental work inspired by the works of William Shakespeare. The festival kicks off with a scratch night on February 11th at 7pm and runs Thursday February 15th through Saturday February 17th. Doors at 7pm, Show at 7:30.
“A lot of people have been asking me why this festival? Why now?” says Corinne Wahlberg, the AS220 resident artist producing the festival. “Part of it is because we can, but it also creates a great opportunity for audiences to see the broad range of artists producing theatre across the state. It’s also rare for the community to come together like this. Everyone is bringing something unique to share.
The festival jam packs each evening with six to eight acts. New experimental work is coming from artists such as David Higgins, Elizabeth Keiser, Ellen Zahnheiser, and Susan Bergeron. New Writing is coming from local playwrights Kevin Broccoli and James Celenza as well as singer-storyteller Rose Jermusyk. Featured acts include some of the best Shakespeare companies in state: Shakespeare to Hip Hop, What Cheer? Shakespeare Theatre Company, and The Rhode Island Shakespeare Theatre Company (TRIST). Wahlberg is also launching her own GenderQueer Shakespeare Project, a chance to consider new dynamics between some of Shakespeare’s most famous couples.
“We’re also excited to have a series of late night celebrations, including a Shakespeare Soundtrack Karaoke Contest, a night of Shakesperotica, and, to cap of the festival, live music with Bard The Band on Saturday February 17th,” say Wahlberg. “It’s not just a festival, it’s a party. It’s what Will would have wanted.”