a 36-hour whirlwind of Shakespeare

BEGINS: 7am April 21, 2020
ENDS: 7pm April 22, 2020

Yes, 36 hours of programming, completely free.  The doors are open and the coffee is on, so come on in! Come, go, perform, read, talk, exercise, donate! It's all part of Give Local, 2020.  For the schedule of events, see below...

Please donate to Shakesperience during Give Local!  
Let us know you're coming by joining the Facebook event! 


2019 Shakespeare-a-thon Menu

2020 Menu coming soon!

7-9am: Kick Off Music, coffee, tea, and scones.

9am-10am: Clowning with David Come take part in an acting workshop with one of our Resident Artists (RA). 

10am-11pm: Neighborhoods Our Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) class and our RA perform some of their works in progress. 

11:00am-12pm: Student Shakespeare Students from Wilby High School perform their adaptations from Shakespeare. 

12pm-2pm: Shakespeare Interactive Workshops I & II: Join us for the workshop that has taken CT by storm since 1996.

2pm-4pm: Shakespeare Interactive Workshop Part III Join us as this workshop is rehearsed…with special, “mad-cap” endings!

4pm-5pm: Fight Choreography Workshop Join RA Brian Bowyer’s workshop on incorporating stage combat in a scene. 

5-6pm: Pop Culture and Shakespeare Test your knowledge of Shakespeare, his works, and their impact on today!

6pm-7pm: Happy Birthday Shakespeare Join us for cake!

7pm-8pm Understanding Lear Come watch a staged reading of this 15-minute play by Joe Godfrey. 

8pm-10pm The Play is the Thing We’re playing a board game and you don’t have to know about Shakespeare to join in.


10pm-12am: Pop culture and Shakespeare Test your knowledge of Shakespeare, his works, and their impact on today!

12am-4am: Sonnets by Candlelight Finally cross “Read all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets” off your bucket list in this group reading of Every. Single. Sonnet. Led by Artistic Director Emily Mattina.

4am-8am: Comedy of Errors  Help TD and designer Jeffrey Lapham build the stage for The Comedy of Errors

8am-12pm: Rehearsal! Take part in a rehearsal and performance of our Mythology and Folklore Workshops! 

12pm-4pm: Romeo & Juliet Fresh from a tour of CT, directed by Emily Mattina and performed by Shakesperience RAs. (1:15PM show start time).

4pm-5pm: Cyril the Sorcerer Enjoy a presentation by Cyril May’s alter ego, Cyril the Sorcerer, as he performs magic to illustrate the ways in which we affect our environment.

4pm-6pm: Acting Class Finale Students from our Saturday Acting Intensives present their final performance of Shakespeare’s Early Comedies! Open to the public. (5pm Start Time)

6pm-7pm: Final countdown party Everyone is welcome to join in the final countdown of Give Local 2019. Light refreshments will be served.