Free Shakespeare Outside Our Office

September 28, 2009 at 6:10 pm 7 comments

William ShakespeareI’ll say this straight up: I am a huge fan of William Shakespeare.

My senior year of high school, all I wanted for Christmas was a leather-bound edition of his complete works, and Santa came through in fine fashion. My love of Shakespeare even survived an uncomfortable experience in ENGL 444, when I was inexplicably chosen by the professor to come to the podium and explain Twelfth Night to the class. That would have been bad enough even without the extenuating circumstances: I had woken up late and arrived in class unshowered. And wearing glasses left over from fourth grade.

All of this to say how thrilled I am that the School of Theatre is putting on a free performance of Romeo and Juliet — right outside my window! The performance will be on the lawn of the Hintz Family Alumni Center during the week of Homecoming, Oct. 13, 14, and 15. (That’s Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.) Curtain is at 6:30 p.m., so I’ll be able to grab a primo viewing seat immediately upon leaving the office. (And I will, I promise, be clean and wearing my contact lenses.)

If you aren’t as well situated as I am, you can still enjoy the show. The College of Information Sciences and Technology is helping to facilitate a live webcast. And the University Resident Theatre Company will perform a slightly shorter version of the play that can be used in classes, along with a working script and other background information. You can also follow along on their rehearsal website, which has cool practice notes, including this staff favorite from Sept. 8: “Travis asked if we could further discuss the securing of our weapons.”

Here’s hoping that follow-up discussion went well.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

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  • 1. Alfred C. Webber, Jr. BArch 1966  |  September 28, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Lori…a few Christmases ago I was astonished to see at Barnes & Noble an elegant leather-bound Complete Works of Shakespeare for $20…I didn’t buy it, as it was huge and would not be holdable, to say the least, as a single play was read…but I was so impressed with the volume…possibly this one, still available…and I am a B&N member; two dollars less!! may buy it yet…a fan of Shakespeare and books! I was about to turn off a kitchen B&W TV fifteen years ago and was blown away by the beauty of the words I was hearing, having written and kept a spoken diary for four years. I watched and listened without moving or sitting down until Henry the Eighth was finished…I remain totally blown away! Sincerely, Al

    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Complete-Works-of-William-Shakespeare/William-Shakespeare/e/9780760703328

  • 2. Prose Before Hos | Onward State  |  October 5, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    […] Homecoming week is fast approaching, and already our hearts are all aflutter. The best part of going to Penn State, what all of State College is waiting for, the very essence of our pride and school spirit: FREE SHAKESPEARE AT THE DUCK POND!!! […]

  • […] This Romeo & Juliet Thing Isn’t Disruptive at All By Tina Hay Lately our building has been overrun with students and others from the School of Theatre who are getting ready for next week’s outdoor production of Romeo & Juliet, which will take place right outside the Hintz Family Alumni Center. […]

  • […] Lately our building has been overrun with students and others from the School of Theatre who are getting ready for next week’s outdoor production of Romeo & Juliet, which will take place right outside the Hintz Family Alumni Center. […]

  • 5. Romeo and Juliet in 45-Degree Weather « The Penn Stater  |  October 14, 2009 at 8:07 am

    […] Theatre Company production of Romeo & Juliet, held on the Hintz Family Alumni Center lawn, right outside our offices. Hoo boy, was it cold—45 degrees, according to the weather app on my iPhone, though it felt even […]

  • 6. shakespeare quotes  |  February 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    my friend michael alig explained Twelve Night to me once and it all made sense.

  • 7. Shakespeare outside | Joininghandsca  |  June 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    […] Free Shakespeare Outside Our Office « The Penn Stater MagazineMy love of Shakespeare even survived an uncomfortable experience in ENGL 444, when I was inexplicably chosen by the professor to come to the podium and explain Twelfth Night … All of this to say how thrilled I am that the School of Theatre is putting on a free performance of Romeo and Juliet – right outside my window! […]

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