September 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Shakescenes

“A whole new way to experience Shakespeare…”

By Tom Maguire

Culture Vulture

Tom Maguire is a musician, arts supporter and a guy who travels the Southwest in a 13’ Scamp trailer, because he couldn’t figure out how the tent poles went together.

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Shakescenes

Presented at The Forum on the campus of the University of Art and Design, Shakescenes are unique evenings termed ”Concert Readings” by the presenters and include music from the bard’s plays, followed by an optional half-hour conversation with members of the cast. These events are presented, jointly, by The Performing Arts Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry and The Shakespeare Guild.

Each 75-minute program is organized around an enduring theme, with scenes and music from some of the world’s most popular plays, adapted and directed by Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winner Robert Benedetti.

There are two remaining evenings in the four event season. On Sunday, September 23 at 4 p.m. the theme is: Not Wisely but too Well – an exploration of love and its perils, as dramatized in tragedies such as “Antony and Cleopatra,” “Hamlet,” “King Lear,” “Othello” and “Romeo and Juliet.”

The finale of the series on Sunday, September 30 (also at 4 p.m.) is entitled: The Depths and Shoals of Honor – Thought-provoking dialogues about honor in “Henry IV,” “Henry VIII,” “Julius Caesar” and “Hamlet.”

Each evening’s fare is performed by an ensemble of Santa Fe’s leading Shakespearean artists, including Nicholas Ballas, Acushla Bastible, Charles Gamble, Kristie Karsen, Suzanne Lederer, Jonathan Richards and Victor Talmadge.

Tickets are available through Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic at www.ticketssantafe.org or by calling 988-1234.

And, speaking of Jonathan Richards…this multi-talented artist will be having a reading and signing at Collected Works for his novel “Nick & Jake” this Thursday, September 20 at 6  p.m. Richards describes his work as, ”a novel of literature, love, and international skullduggery in the Washington of Joe McCarthy, the Paris of Camus, and the feverish imaginations of authors Jonathan and Tad Richards.” Kirkus Reviews, the online book review site, has called “Nick & Jake”   “Goofy, funny, and full of literary in-jokes.... a rollicking good read.”

This Thursday’s reading and book signing at Collected Works will include a conversation between Richards and activist, author and former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson concerning the long, strange, rocky, frustrating, and exhilarating road that brought “Nick & Jake” to print.

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