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Date/TimeTitle/DescriptionLocationAudience
Sat, April 1
@ 1 p.m.
The Instant Shakespeare Company @ The Columbus Library
Come and hear select Shakespeare readings presented by performers from the Instant Shakespeare Company. Select Saturdays at 1 PM Sat. April 1st ................................The Taming of the Shrew Sat. June 3rd.................................The Tragedy of Othello, the Moore of Venice Sat. August 5th.............................The First Part of Henry the Fourth Sat. October 7th...........................Measure for Measure Sat. December 2nd.......................The Tragedy of…
Columbus LibraryAdults
Tue, April 4
@ 7 p.m.
The Public Theater Mobile Unit Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by Saheem Ali
The Public Theater Mobile Unit Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night Directed by Saheem Ali From schools to homeless shelters, prisons to community centers, the Public Theater’s Mobile Unit brings Shakespeare to the people, and the people to Shakespeare. This season, the Mobile Unit celebrates 60 years of igniting dialogue and fostering new connections with a vibrant new production of the gender-bending, heart-mending comedy, Twelfth Night. When a young shipwrecked immigrant named Viola takes a chan…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA CafeAdults
Sat, April 8
@ 10:30 a.m.
Book Discussion: "The Tragedy of King Richard the Third" by William Shakespeare
The Tragedy of King Richard the Third, considered by some to be Shakespeare's greatest play, depicts the rise and fall of the infamous King Richard the Third of England. The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
St. George Library CenterAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Sat, April 8
@ 1 p.m.
The Instant Shakespeare Company at the Bloomingdale Library
Join the Instant Shakespeare Company for a dramatic reading of William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor . Bard fans of all ages are welcome! The Instant Shakespeare Company is dedicated to the proposition that Shakespeare is for Everyone! The company organizes annual readings of ALL of Shakespeare's plays using original Folio & Quarto texts. For more information please see the Instant Shakespeare's page on Facebook.
Bloomingdale LibraryAdults,
Book Lovers
Mon, April 10
@ 6 p.m.
Shakespeare in New York: Booth and Forrest
In 1849, the actor Edwin Forrest inspired a riot at Astor place over national pride in Shakespeare interpretation. In 1864, at the Winter Garden Theater, Edwin Booth redefined American Shakespeare with his "Hundred Night Hamlet." Throughout our city’s modern history, the 16th century English playwright William Shakespeare has found a home in New York City. The Shakespeare Society partners with the Library on an evening of Shakespeare recitation, expert commentary, and archival exploration, celeb…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, April 15
@ 1 p.m.
Instant Shakespeare Company
The Instant Shakespeare Company presents a reading of, Titus Andronicus, by William Shakespeare.
Riverside LibraryAdults
Thu, April 27
@ 1 p.m.
Acting Shakespeare for Seniors
Engage in the joy and challenge of reading, memorizing, and acting Shakespeare! In this eight-week course (plus culminating event), we will delve into the demands and pleasures of Shakespeare, mindful that the plays weren’t written as ‘literature’ but as texts for actors to perform. Every class session will include a brief physical and vocal warm up. No acting experience necessary! The course will culminate in a final performance of select monologues and scenes. Classes will meet Thursdays…
Tompkins Square Library, Basement50+,
Adults
Sat, April 29
@ 1 p.m.
Instant Shakespeare's Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
Shakespeare for Everyone! The Instant Shakespeare readings are set up to make Shakespeare accessible. The readings are usually without rehearsal, but they are on-your-feet Instant staged readings where the readers/actors move around as much as they feel comfortable. Readers are encouraged to share with their fellow readers and the audience so that the plays can exist as words and thoughts communicated through space, not just words on the page.
St. Agnes LibraryAdults
Thu, May 4
@ 1 p.m.
Acting Shakespeare for Seniors
Engage in the joy and challenge of reading, memorizing, and acting Shakespeare! In this eight-week course (plus culminating event), we will delve into the demands and pleasures of Shakespeare, mindful that the plays weren’t written as ‘literature’ but as texts for actors to perform. Every class session will include a brief physical and vocal warm up. No acting experience necessary! The course will culminate in a final performance of select monologues and scenes. Classes will meet Thursdays…
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults,
50+,
Adults
Thu, May 11
@ 1 p.m.
Acting Shakespeare for Seniors
Engage in the joy and challenge of reading, memorizing, and acting Shakespeare! In this eight-week course (plus culminating event), we will delve into the demands and pleasures of Shakespeare, mindful that the plays weren’t written as ‘literature’ but as texts for actors to perform. Every class session will include a brief physical and vocal warm up. No acting experience necessary! The course will culminate in a final performance of select monologues and scenes. Classes will meet Thursdays…
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults,
50+,
Adults
Sat, May 13
@ 1 p.m.
The Instant Shakespeare Company
Come get your Shakespeare on Held in the 3rd floor community room.
Epiphany LibraryAdults
Sat, May 13
@ 1 p.m.
Instant Shakespeare Company: Love’s Labour’s Lost
Love’s Labour’s Lost is one of William Shakespeare's early comedies. It follows the King of Navarre and his three companions as they attempt to forswear the company of women for three years of study and fasting, and their subsequent infatuation with the Princess of France and her ladies.
Muhlenberg Library, Community RoomAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Thu, May 18
@ 1 p.m.
Acting Shakespeare for Seniors
Engage in the joy and challenge of reading, memorizing, and acting Shakespeare! In this eight-week course (plus culminating event), we will delve into the demands and pleasures of Shakespeare, mindful that the plays weren’t written as ‘literature’ but as texts for actors to perform. Every class session will include a brief physical and vocal warm up. No acting experience necessary! The course will culminate in a final performance of select monologues and scenes. Classes will meet Thursdays…
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults,
50+,
Adults
Sat, May 20
@ 1 p.m.
Instant Shakespeare Company
The Instant Shakespeare Company presents a reading of, As You Like It.
Riverside LibraryAdults
Thu, May 25
@ 1 p.m.
Acting Shakespeare for Seniors
Engage in the joy and challenge of reading, memorizing, and acting Shakespeare! In this eight-week course (plus culminating event), we will delve into the demands and pleasures of Shakespeare, mindful that the plays weren’t written as ‘literature’ but as texts for actors to perform. Every class session will include a brief physical and vocal warm up. No acting experience necessary! The course will culminate in a final performance of select monologues and scenes. Classes will meet Thursdays…
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults,
50+,
Adults
Thu, June 1
@ 1 p.m.
Acting Shakespeare for Seniors
Engage in the joy and challenge of reading, memorizing, and acting Shakespeare! In this eight-week course (plus culminating event), we will delve into the demands and pleasures of Shakespeare, mindful that the plays weren’t written as ‘literature’ but as texts for actors to perform. Every class session will include a brief physical and vocal warm up. No acting experience necessary! The course will culminate in a final performance of select monologues and scenes. Classes will meet Thursdays…
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults,
50+,
Adults
Sat, June 3
@ 1 p.m.
The Instant Shakespeare Company @ The Columbus Library
Come and hear select Shakespeare readings presented by performers from the Instant Shakespeare Company. Select Saturdays at 1 PM Sat. April 1st ................................The Taming of the Shrew Sat. June 3rd.................................The Tragedy of Othello, the Moore of Venice Sat. August 5th.............................The First Part of Henry the Fourth Sat. October 7th...........................Measure for Measure Sat. December 2nd.......................The Tragedy of…
Columbus LibraryAdults
Thu, June 8
@ 1 p.m.
Acting Shakespeare for Seniors
Engage in the joy and challenge of reading, memorizing, and acting Shakespeare! In this eight-week course (plus culminating event), we will delve into the demands and pleasures of Shakespeare, mindful that the plays weren’t written as ‘literature’ but as texts for actors to perform. Every class session will include a brief physical and vocal warm up. No acting experience necessary! The course will culminate in a final performance of select monologues and scenes. Classes will meet Thursdays…
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults,
50+,
Adults
Thu, June 15
@ 1 p.m.
Acting Shakespeare for Seniors
Engage in the joy and challenge of reading, memorizing, and acting Shakespeare! In this eight-week course (plus culminating event), we will delve into the demands and pleasures of Shakespeare, mindful that the plays weren’t written as ‘literature’ but as texts for actors to perform. Every class session will include a brief physical and vocal warm up. No acting experience necessary! The course will culminate in a final performance of select monologues and scenes. Classes will meet Thursdays…
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults,
50+,
Adults
Sat, July 8
@ 1 p.m.
Instant Shakespeare Company: Henry VI, Part 2
Henry VI, Part 2 is a history play, set during the lifetime of King Henry VI of England. It focuses on the King's inability to quell the bickering of his nobles, the death of his trusted adviser Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, the rise of the Duke of York and the inevitability of armed conflict. As such, the play culminates with the opening battle of the War, the First Battle of St Albans.
Muhlenberg Library, Community RoomAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Wed, July 19
@ 1 p.m.
Book Discussion Group: The Tragedy of King Lear by William Shakespeare
The Riverdale Branch Library meets the third Wednesday of every month @ 1:00 p.m. This month the group will be discussing The Tragedy of King Lear by William Shakespeare Book club participants must reserve copies of each title through the Library's catalog system. Reserve your copy by placing a hold online at www.nypl.org or visiting your local branch.
Riverdale LibraryAdults,
Book Lovers
Sat, July 22
@ 1 p.m.
The Instant Shakespeare Company
Come get your Shakespeare on Held in the 3rd floor community room.
Epiphany LibraryAdults
Sat, July 22
@ 1 p.m.
Instant Shakespeare - A Midsommer Night's Dreame
The Instant Shakespeare Company is dedicated to the proposition that Shakespeare is for Everyone! The company organizes annual readings of ALL of Shakespeare's plays using original Folio & Quarto texts. Founded and run by Paul Sugarman, we have started our 17th Season of Readings of ALL of Shakespeare's plays. Shakespeare for Everyone!The Instant Shakespeare readings are set up to make Shakespeare accessible. The readings are usually without rehearsal, but they are on-your-feet Instant…
Mulberry Street LibraryAdults
Sat, July 29
@ 1 p.m.
Instant Shakespeare's Twelfe Night
Shakespeare for Everyone! The Instant Shakespeare readings are set up to make Shakespeare accessible. The readings are usually without rehearsal, but they are on-your-feet Instant staged readings where the readers/actors move around as much as they feel comfortable. Readers are encouraged to share with their fellow readers and the audience so that the plays can exist as words and thoughts communicated through space, not just words on the page.
St. Agnes LibraryAdults
Sat, August 5
@ 1 p.m.
The Instant Shakespeare Company @ The Columbus Library
Come and hear select Shakespeare readings presented by performers from the Instant Shakespeare Company. Select Saturdays at 1 PM Sat. April 1st ................................The Taming of the Shrew Sat. June 3rd.................................The Tragedy of Othello, the Moore of Venice Sat. August 5th.............................The First Part of Henry the Fourth Sat. October 7th...........................Measure for Measure Sat. December 2nd.......................The Tragedy of…
Columbus LibraryAdults
Sat, September 23
@ 1 p.m.
The Instant Shakespeare Company
Come get your Shakespeare on Held in the 3rd floor community room.
Epiphany LibraryAdults
Sat, September 23
@ 1 p.m.
Instant Shakespeare - The Tragedie of Macbeth
The Instant Shakespeare Company is dedicated to the proposition that Shakespeare is for Everyone! The company organizes annual readings of ALL of Shakespeare's plays using original Folio & Quarto texts. Founded and run by Paul Sugarman, we have started our 17th Season of Readings of ALL of Shakespeare's plays. Shakespeare for Everyone!The Instant Shakespeare readings are set up to make Shakespeare accessible. The readings are usually without rehearsal, but they are on-your-feet Instant…
Mulberry Street LibraryAdults
Sat, September 30
@ 1 p.m.
Instant Shakespeare's The Tragedie of Antony & Cleopatra
Shakespeare for Everyone! The Instant Shakespeare readings are set up to make Shakespeare accessible. The readings are usually without rehearsal, but they are on-your-feet Instant staged readings where the readers/actors move around as much as they feel comfortable. Readers are encouraged to share with their fellow readers and the audience so that the plays can exist as words and thoughts communicated through space, not just words on the page.
St. Agnes LibraryAdults
Sat, October 7
@ 1 p.m.
The Instant Shakespeare Company @ The Columbus Library
Come and hear select Shakespeare readings presented by performers from the Instant Shakespeare Company. Select Saturdays at 1 PM Sat. April 1st ................................The Taming of the Shrew Sat. June 3rd.................................The Tragedy of Othello, the Moore of Venice Sat. August 5th.............................The First Part of Henry the Fourth Sat. October 7th...........................Measure for Measure Sat. December 2nd.......................The Tragedy of…
Columbus LibraryAdults
Sat, October 28
@ 1 p.m.
The Instant Shakespeare Company
Come get your Shakespeare on Held in the 3rd floor community room.
Epiphany LibraryAdults
Sat, November 18
@ 1 p.m.
Instant Shakespeare Company: The Tragedy of Coriolanus
Coriolanus is a tragedy. The play is based on the life of the legendary Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus.
Muhlenberg Library, Community RoomAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Sat, December 2
@ 1 p.m.
The Instant Shakespeare Company @ The Columbus Library
Come and hear select Shakespeare readings presented by performers from the Instant Shakespeare Company. Select Saturdays at 1 PM Sat. April 1st ................................The Taming of the Shrew Sat. June 3rd.................................The Tragedy of Othello, the Moore of Venice Sat. August 5th.............................The First Part of Henry the Fourth Sat. October 7th...........................Measure for Measure Sat. December 2nd.......................The Tragedy of…
Columbus LibraryAdults