Shakespeare Back in Stratford

Mighty Quinn Foundation and Stratford Library set performances

The Tempest on July 23rd Twelfth Night on July 24th

The Mighty Quinn Foundation will present Shakespeare’s The Tempest at Shakespeare Park, 1850 Elm Street, on Friday, July 23rd. There will be two performances, the first will be a 1:00 p.m. and the second is at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free

In residence here in Stratford for the next two weeks is the group from New York City called The Black Shakespeare Company, will perform Shakespeare’s The Tempest. This is a group of all-Black educators and actors who educate through community-based performance. Please come check out their performances on July 23rd at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The Mighty Quinn Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity, is dedicated to the educational and theatrical experiences of young men and women. To honor Quinn’s passion for learning and love of theater, they provide scholarships and theater study programs for high school and college students, and also provide artistic and creative opportunities for young artists to grow, learn and perform.

A lifelong Stratford resident, Quinn grew up next door to the grounds of the former American Shakespeare Festival Theater and always hoped to see it revitalized. He passed away in June 2012 from a rare form of brain cancer at age 19, having led life to the fullest — traveling around the world, performing in numerous theatrical productions, graduating from high school and attending Loyola University of Chicago.

On Saturday, July 24th, at 2 p.m. the Hudson Shakespeare Company will perform Twelfth Night.

Sponsored by the Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street, the Hudson Shakespeare Company of New Jersey will return to Stratford for its live, in-person production of the popular comedy Twelfth Night. Performed outside in the library’s scenic courtyard, the fully-staged and costumed performance is free and open to the public.

The Hudson Shakespeare Company is back in Stratford (after a break due to the pandemic) with one of the Bard’s most hilarious and thought-provoking romps, Twelfth Night. Viola, a young noblewoman, is traveling with her twin brother, Sebastian, when they are involved in a shipwreck and get separated on the mysterious country of Illyria.

Viola, thinking Sebastian died in the wreck disguises herself as her brother and lands an assistant’s job with the local governor, Count Orsino. Orsino, an incurable romantic, is infatuated with rich girl, Olivia, who does not return his affection. Olivia has suffered her own recent family tragedy and also has to deal with her constantly drunk uncle, Sir Toby, his awkward friend, Sir Andrew, Maria, an assistant who always has contrary plans and Malvolio, Olivia’s officious manager who is secretly in love with her.

Hudson Shakespeare Company presents this fast-paced comedy of mistaken identities and love quadrangles with live music and only 5 actors playing multiple parts complete with quick changes and a sketch comedy slant.

It will be held in the Stratford Library’s scenic courtyard located in the rear of the library building off the Baldwin Center parking lot. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to spread and to keep socially distant.

For further information call the Library at 203.385.4162 or visit: www.stratfordlibrary.org.

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