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Shakespeare on the Shoreline, 2017

The Tempest

August 2 - 6, 7:30pm
Town Green
Guilford, CT
FREE (Suggested Donation $20)

Dr. David Richman returns to Shakesperience and Shakespeare on the Shoreline as Prospero!  More information coming soon...

Shakespeare on the Shoreline, 2016

Two Gentlemen of Verona

August 3 - 7, 7:30pm
Town Green
Guilford, CT

Two gentlemen, best friends since youth, part ways in Verona as one leaves for Milan. In time, both fall in love with the same girl in Milan, leaving a jilted girlfriend from Verona to follow them in disguise. Music, unrequited love, requited love, friendship, fools, and dogs, this Shakespeare classic comedy has it all!

Shakespeare on the Shoreline, 2015

The Comedy of Errors

August 5 - 9, 2015
Town Green
Guilford, CT

Twin boys are separated from their father for 25 years.  Each has a servant, who is twin a twin to the other servant of the same name.  They all converge on the same town, where their father has also arrived, condemned to death and determined to find his long-lost family before the end.  It’s a common situation.  Emily Mattina directs this wild confusion to its neat and happy conclusion.

Shakespeare on the Shoreline, 2014

King Lear and more!

August 6-10, 2014, 7:30pm
The Guilford, CT Town Green

Shoreline Arts Alliance, in collaboration with Shakesperience, the Guilford Free Library and the Acton Public Library (Old Saybrook) are presenting an insider's look at the King Lear production for this summer's Shakespeare on the Shoreline.

To engage the audience in the underlying themes found in King Lear and to better understand the "family friendly" interpretation of this great Shakespearean tragedy, join director Emily Mattina and Dr. David Richman as they tour the region to speak about their imaginative, provocative, and free production of King Lear. Presentations will take place on the following days and locations: Aug. 6, 2 p.m. at the Guilford Free Library, 67 Park Street, Guilford; and Aug. 7, 1 p.m. at the Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook. Both venues are open to the public and the events are free.

Mattina's King Lear explores the choices we make for our children and family as well as the overall welfare of children: physically, emotionally, and educationally. Explore the essence of blindness, both literally and figuratively, to our own actions, consequences and blessings.

Dr. David Richman, published author, actor, director, and professor at The University of New Hampshire, stars as King Lear. Dr. Richman’s real-life blindness gives a literal portrayal of the "blindness" in his character.

2014 Experience Shakespeare is an expanded initiative to complement and support the current summer flagship program of Shakespeare on the Shoreline. Through a multi-tiered educational approach this programming will reach audiences of varying ages, schooling and income, targeting specific demographics including those with disabilities. It is designed to provide opportunities to think, explore and learn more about ourselves, our community and issues facing us today through the study and interpretation of live performances, community forums, and theatrical training opportunities. The targeted projects will focus on personal development of the individual through the unique educational value of a performing arts experience, will foster a life-long love of live theatre and a deeper appreciation of the arts, will build awareness of diversity within the community and will encourage greater participation and attendance at the annual Shakespeare on the Shoreline production.

In collaboration with Shakesperience Productions, Inc., Shakespeare on the Shoreline 2014, will take place on the Guilford Green, Aug. 6-10 at 7:30 p.m. This year the main stage production will be King Lear. The role of Lear is being played by Dr. David Richman, an actor, Shakespearean scholar, author and professor of literature who has been blind since birth. He will be a significant presence and has been the impetus to develop a program that will be more inclusive and provide opportunities for a broader based audience. An American sign language interpreter will take part in the Aug. 6 performance, as well as the following at all performances: braille and large print programs; assisted listening devices for the hearing impaired; volunteer escorts to assist the audience on and off the Green; increased lighting for safer and more accessibility to the Green.

Other programs of the 2014 Shakespeare on the Shoreline will include: (1) Rising Stars Summer Theatre Camp for ages 7-17 offering two one-week sessions; (2) Daytime performances and talk-backs of The Reluctant Dragon, this summer’s production for young children and their families; (3) Round Table Shakespeare Forums at public locations and Assisted Living centers. These will be facilitated by members of the cast and the artistic director (Emily Mattina). For those clients who are unable to attend a performance on the Green these round tables will provide stimulating discussion on the program; (4) Expanded number of evenings of pre and post show talk backs to three with the director and cast.

For more information: email Donita@shorelinearts.org or call 203-453-3890.

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