Spoken Word Society and Shakespeare Festival


Stage Combat Workshop for Teens
Sunday, September 12 | 1:15 PM Eastern Time | In-person
Teens (ages 14 – 18) – have you ever wondered how actors perform big fights every night on stage without hurting themselves or each other? Join Brown Box Theatre Project in a practical exploration of violence on stage. Learn the basic tenets of creating exciting, realistic, and (most importantly) safe fight scenes. This overview of hand-to-hand combat will cover pushing, slapping, punching, and maybe even a hair pull or two.
Committed to curating a safe space for exploration and creativity, this 90-minute workshop will be led by staff member and frequent collaborator, Margaret Clark. Margaret is an actor and fight choreographer based in Boston.

 

Page to Stage Workshop
Sunday, September 12 | 3:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person

This hour-long workshop, led by Kyler Taustin (Brown Box Theatre Project‘s Executive Artistic Director) will give a basic introduction to Shakespeare’s play “Much Ado About Nothing.” Participants will get a brief run-down of the plot and characters, and then dive into specific text selections from the show. Kyler will then discuss Shakespeare’s rhythm and meter and then encourage participants to perform the words themselves. The workshop will end with a brief Q&A about the play.

 

Brown Box Theatre Project | “Much Ado About Nothing”
Sunday, September 12 | 7:30 PM Eastern Time | In-person
Join us for a return engagement of Free Outdoor Shakespeare, with a performance of Much Ado About Nothing by the Brown Box Theatre Project.
Upon their return from war, a group of soldiers are reminded that life and love are not so black and white. Trickery, jealousy, deceit, and masquerade each play a role in challenging Benedict and Beatrice’s scorn for love (and each other) as well as the seemingly unassailable love of Claudio and Hero. Through witty banter and dastardly deception, Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, Much Ado About Nothing debates the preconceived notion of how to love and the value of trust. Directed by Kyler Taustin.
Enjoy the Bard under the stars on the lawn behind the library. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for your comfort. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be in the large meeting room and will be restricted to the first 100 people attending.
No registration required.

 

Simone Weil’s “The Iliad or the Poem of Force”
Friday, October 15 | 7:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
French philosopher Simone Weil’s The Iliad or Poem of Force two-part essay was first published in French in the Cahiers du Sud (1940-41) and then translated into English in 1945 by Mary McCarthy and appeared in the journal Politics. It provides a significant insight into the potential for force and violence to overcome the human spirit. Simona Giurgea, accomplished actor and senior lecturer in the University Theater at Colgate University, will perform a powerful dramatic portrayal of Simone Weil. The performance will be followed by a talk back with Giurgea, then a reception sponsored by the online journal ATTENTION: The Life and Legacy of Simone Weil.
A free copy of the essay may be found here.

 

The Actor & Scholar in Conversation: Simona Giurgea and E. Jane Doering on Simone Weil
Saturday, October 16 | 4:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
Simone Weil’s “The Iliad or the Poem of Force” is a profound exploration of the power of force and the hubris of mankind in attempting to control it to our advantage. Force is inherently destructive, and we risk it overwhelming us when we unleash it upon ourselves. This two-part essay, published in the Cahiers du Sud in 1940 – 41, is every bit as relevant today in all human interactions, from the interpersonal to the geopolitical.
Join us for a discussion of this piece by Professor Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame and renowned Weil scholar Dr. E. Jane Doering and Simona Giurgea, Senior Lecturer in of the University Theatre at Colgate University, who adapted this writing into a compelling one-woman dramatization (performed at the library on Friday, October 15). Hosted by Ron Collins, Lewes resident and Senior Editor of ATTENTION, an international website and newsletter dedicated to the work of Simone Weil, the discussion will probe this compelling essay in depth. The conversation will be followed by a reception sponsored ATTENTION.
A free copy of the essay may be found here.

 

Gravediggers
Saturday, October 23 | 7:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
Join us for a live performance of Gravediggers, the tale of two men digging a grave in the context of the worldwide pandemic. Humor, suspense, pathos, and a surprise ending make for a powerful evening of reader’s theatre.
Written by NYC actor/author Dan McCormick, Gravediggers was recently broadcast by NPR affiliate KUNM, NYC’s Abingdon Theatre, and the Detroit Repertory Theatre. This performance features compelling performances by Mr. McCormick and Roy Steinberg, artistic director of Cape May Stage.

 

Mary Shelley’s “Transformation”
Saturday, October 30 | 7:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
Join us for a reading of Mary Shelley’s “Transformation” by Dr. James Keegan.
Shelley’s short story “Transformation” was first published in The Keepsake in 1831. Guido, the narrator, tells the story of his encounter with a strange, misshapen creature when he was a young man living in Genoa, Italy, around the turn of the fifteenth century. He makes a deal with the creature to exchange bodies, but the creature does not reappear at the appointed time to take his own body back. This macabre, sinister, and supernatural tale is a masterpiece of Gothic writing.

 

Truman Capote’s “A Thanksgiving Visitor”
Friday, November 19 | 7:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
Back by popular demand – Suzanne Savoy and Jack Herholdt conduct a live reading of “The Thanksgiving Visitor” by Truman Capote. Savoy and Herboldt first performed this piece online at the library in 2020. They appear in person this year to share their remarkable gifts of story-telling just in time for the holiday season.
Nine-year-old Buddy has a problem. Every day, he gets stopped on the way to school by Odd Henderson, who calls Buddy a sissy, pins him to the ground and rubs burrs into his head. Miss Sook, Buddy’s older cousin and best friend, invites Odd to her big Thanksgiving dinner, where important lessons await both Odd and Buddy.
“The Thanksgiving Visitor” was first published in McCall’s Magazine in 1967, and is a companion piece to “A Christmas Memory,” which will Savoy and Herboldt will perform at the Library on Saturday, November 21, 2021.

 

Ars Shakespearica: The Art of Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet
Monday, November 8 | 6:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
In partnership with The Lewes Public Library Spoken Word Society and Shakespeare Festival and the Classic Theatre of Maryland (CTM) join the Tony-Award nominated, Helen-Hayes Award-winning Donald Hicken as he leads participants through an immersive, interactive play-read of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This experience includes unified discussions, textual analysis, and live demonstrations by CTM’s starring performers, Joshua Olumide (SAGe, EMC), and Kira Janine. The team will be supported by CTM’s Founder and Producing Artistic Director Sally Boyett and Director of Education Matt Tucker (MDiv, ORDM).
Donald Hicken brings fifty years of professional theatrical experience and conservatory training with him, formerly served as the Department Head of Theatre at The Baltimore School for the Arts from its founding in 1979 to his retirement in 2016, and now serves as Chairman of the Board for CTM. The mission of the Classic Theatre of Maryland is to produce bold, re-imagined, entertaining and accessible interpretations of classical works, contemporary plays, and musicals with a core commitment to the works of Shakespeare and other major dramatists. CTM is committed to promoting the highest level of artistic excellence, to cultivating the widest possible audience, and to contributing to the economic and cultural growth of our community, state, and region.

 

The Art of Theatrical Film: A Live Training Experience (for teens)
Monday, November 15 | 6:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
In partnership with The Lewes Public Library Spoken Word Society and Shakespeare Festival and the Classic Theatre of Maryland (CTM) join the Tony-Award nominated, Helen-Hayes Award-winning Donald Hicken and CTM’s Founder and Producing Artistic Director Sally Boyett as they provide live training in the art of sonnet and monologue performance, delivered through the medium of film.
Prior to the live experience, CTM will provide students (ages 14 – 18) with select Shakespearean sonnets and monologues for memorization. Donald and Sally will provide one-on-one coaching in front of the participants so that all may learn, before and after their personal opportunity. The coaching and ultimate delivery will occur with full, live film materials and equipment. Participants must have their selection fully memorized by the date of the event.
Donald and Sally will be assisted by Folger Ridout (tentative), trained at the famed Lucasfilm Ltd. in California and Director of Education Matt Tucker (MDiv, ORDM). The mission of the Classic Theatre of Maryland is to produce bold, re-imagined, entertaining and accessible interpretations of classical works, contemporary plays, and musicals with a core commitment to the works of Shakespeare and other major dramatists. CTM is committed to promoting the highest level of artistic excellence, to cultivating the widest possible audience, and to contributing to the economic and cultural growth of our community, state, and region.
Class size is limited and registration is required.

 

Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory”
Saturday, November 20 | 7:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
Suzanne Savoy and Jack Herholdt conduct a live reading of “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote. Savoy and Herboldt first performed this piece in-person at the library in 2019. They return this year to share their remarkable gifts of story-telling just in time for the holiday season.
Capote’s mostly autobiographical short story first published in 1965. It takes place in the 1930s and follows the period in the lives of the seven-year-old narrator, Buddy, and an elderly woman, Miss Sook, who is his distant cousin and best friend. The evocative narrative focuses on country life, friendship, and the joy of giving during the Christmas season, and also gently yet poignantly touches on loneliness and loss. It is a companion piece to “The Thanksgiving Visitor”, which will Savoy and Herboldt will perform at the Library on Friday, November 19, 2021.

 


Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

Friday, December 10 | 7:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
Gerald Dickens’ performance of A Christmas Carol has received standing ovations all over the world. Using his own adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, Gerald Dickens plays over 30 characters using vocal and physical talents to bring each scene vividly to life.
Gerald Dickens is an actor, director, and producer, and the great great grandson of the author Charles Dickens. In 1993 he created his first one-man show, a theatrical performance of A Christmas Carol inspired by Charles Dickens’ own energetic readings of the 1860s. A fascination with the life and works of Charles led him to write and direct further one-man shows including Mr. Dickens is Coming!, Nicholas Nickleby and Sketches by Boz.Dickens regularly performs in major theatres and arts centres, arts and literary festivals in the UK, as well as at hotels, stately homes, and on cruise ships.

 

Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory”
Saturday, December 18 | 7:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
Encore performance by Suzanne Savoy and Jack Herholdt of a live reading of “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote.

 


These programs are partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on DelawareScene.com.