Shakesperience Productions, In

A Voice of Leadership, Thought & Action, Onstage & Off



a 36-hour whirlwind of Shakespeare

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

Yes, 36 hours of programming, completely free.  NORMALLY, the doors are open and the coffee is on. But for 2020, we're only available through the magic of Facebook and Zoom! 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! 


2020 Shakespeare-a-thon Menu

April 21 at 7am to April 22 at 7pm
All events are FREE and held on Facebook and Zoom
(subject to change)

7-9am: We’re All In This Together:  Watch a montage of our Neighborhoods program; a collaboration with our community since 2013.  Then post your story. 

9am-10am: Parts Making A Whole:  Watch a montage of staff and actors, past and present, sharing stories and text.  

10am-11pm: The Macbeth Murder Mystery, by James Thurber:  Read by John Magee.   

11:00am-12pm: Past and Present Make A Future:  Examples of some of our on-line learning!

12pm-2pm:* Macbeth Specific Workshop: Past & present Resident Artists (RAs) Pat Donahue & David Raccio perform, interact & educate. 

2pm-4pm:* Folklore Workshop. Celebrate the Earth! Present RAs Jessica Gaddis & Pat Donahue perform AND educate during this interactive workshop.

4pm-5pm: Wizard Wand Workshop Cyril the Sorcerer will be Live on the Waterbury Recycling Facebook page to teach you how to dress, move, enchant and wave wands like a wizard.  Costumes and wands welcome but not necessary.  

5-7pm:* Shakespeare Interactive Workshops: Join us for the workshop that has taken CT by storm since 1996. Performed by long-time friend and RA Tony Murvin and recent RA David Raccio. 

7pm-8pm: Happy Birthday Shakespeare! Post a picture of your celebration!  Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Shakespeare and post it on our Facebook. 


 8pm-10pm: The Play’s the Thing: Answer Shakespeare Trivia Questions on our Facebook page.  Hosted by RA Intern Moriah.

10pm-12am: Lear & Prospero: Dr. David Richman: Professor, Actor, Director, Author, joins us from Germany. Were you in a production with David at Shakesperience? Please tell your story in a post!

12am-4am:  Read Shakespeare’s sonnets with Emily. Every. Single. One. 

4am-8am: How to write a sonnet. Learn from poet Peter Mulholland. Having trouble sleeping? Write a sonnet and share on Facebook!

8am-11am:  Musical Shakespeare. Doug Donato, past Shakesperience student,  performer & composer plays and talks about some of the pieces he’s created. Post your favorite Shakespeare song. If you want to get really creative, take some of The Bard’s lyrics and create your own music to share with us!  

11am-1pm:* Painting Shakespeare: RA Intern Moriah blends Shakespeare’s language, and visual art in this unique experience. Bring your own pencils, paint, and paper/canvas, and get ready to create! 

1pm-4pm: Twelfth Night Retreat: A remote reunion! A read-through of the adaptation for 2021:  Shakespeare In The Litchfield Hills.   

4pm-5pm: Earth Day Magic  Cyril the Sorcerer will be live on the Waterbury Recycling Facebook page with an Earth Day enviromagic show! 

5pm-6pm: Acting Class Finale Students of our online Saturday Acting Intensives present monologues from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night! 

6pm-7pm: Final countdown party Everyone is welcome to join in the final countdown of Give Local 2020.  

*Free Zoom app and RSVP by April 20 at 7pm required 

If you are able, please bring to any Zoom events: cup, towel, pencil, ball, hat, book,  stuffed animal, and the scripts we sent you.