The Shakespearean quadricentennial celebration continues with even more Rochester area events:
The RIT Theatre department will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on the dates of May 11 through 14 at 7:30 p.m. These special performances will be outdoors in the beautiful RIT Infinity Quad on the RIT campus, 1 Lomb Memorial Drive. RIT will also be hosting the event “Signing Shakespeare” in the NTID Dyer Art Gallery on May 12 from 5 – 6 p.m. The American Sign Language poetry group Dangerous Signs will present Shakespeare sonnets and scenes in spoken English and ASL.
The George Eastman Museum will also be presenting a film series in celebration of Shakespearean works. “Hamlet,” the first of these showings, will begin at 8 p.m. on May 10 at the museum located at 900 East Ave. The following description provided by the Eastman Museum outlines the nature of the film: “Many silent filmmakers turned to Shakespeare for source material, transforming the Bard’s verbal poetry and drama into visual equivalents, but none more unusually than this project personally spearheaded by the legendary Danish actress Asta Nielsen, who takes the title role in this production. Nielsen brings more than one kind of ambiguity into her transgender portrayal of the “melancholy Dane,” which also gains weight from being shot at some of the actual settings (such as Elsinore Castle) called for in the play.” Live piano will be provided by Philip C. Carli.
The events listed above, in tandem with those mentioned earlier in the series, merely scratch the surface of all that Rochester will be doing in Shakespeare’s honor for the remainder of 2016. We hope to see everyone participating in commemorating the Bard’s great contributions to the world and celebrating all that his works still have to offer us today.