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The English Speaking Union of New York Shakespeare Competition

February 27, 2014

Program Locations:

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium
General Research Division

The New York Public Library will host The English Speaking Union of New York Shakespeare Competition.  Free and open to the public, this 3-day event will be held February 11, 12 & 27, 2014 from 3:00-6:00 in the South Court Auditorium of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.  A flyer is attached.

Through recitation and performance, teens rediscover Shakespeare's past and present.  These high school students—hailing from public, charter, independent and parochial schools across the five Boroughs, as well as Long Island and Westchester County—prove that 400-year old words and themes still have the power to engage, teach and entertain us all, young and old.  For 30 years New York City students have participated in this Competition, studying, memorizing and interpreting Shakespeare monologues and sonnets.  The winner of the NYC Competition advances to the final stage of the National Competition, where s/he meets 60 other young Bardophiles having similarly won ESU Competitions across the country.  The English-Speaking Union is a non-profit, non-political educational organization that celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding.  The ESU New York City provides engaging cultural and educational programs for schools, teachers, students, and non-native speakers, as well as its members. For more information about the ESU, visit