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Shakespeare as Rent-a-car Pitchman
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0924  Thursday, 22 April 2004

From:           Billy Houck <
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Date:           Wednesday, 21 Apr 2004 21:10:56 -0400
Subject:        Shakespeare as Rent-a-car Pitchman

Here's the text of the current dollar rent a car newsletter. I have no
affiliation with this business.

Not many playwrights have festivals all over the country--and the
world--dedicated solely to their works. No matter that he would be
almost 450 years old today, his plays about family, politics, love, hate
and power are still relevant and entertaining in the 21st century. Of
course, we are talking about William Shakespeare. Many outdoor theaters
and parks host spring and summer Shakespeare festivals where you can
pull up a blanket and enjoy a picnic while taking in the lyrical words
of the Bard's masterpieces. (See our feature article for suggestions.)
To help make your road to cultural pursuits a pleasant one, Dollar Rent
A Car is offering special car rental rates. See details below. Feel free
to forward this newsletter to friends and family. Happy Travels!

     Save Big on Compact Cars!
     Drive a Minivan for Less!
     Culture Club: Spend Time With Shakespeare on Your Next Trip

Save Big on Compact Cars!
Cruise the country in a Compact car (Dodge Neon or similar) at the
bargain price of $27.99/day. This offer is available at participating
locations from coast to coast now through July 14, 2004. Remember good
things come in small packages--reserve your car now. For more details,
see Terms and Conditions.

Drive a Minivan for Less!
You don't have to break the bank to cruise comfortably with the clan.
 From now through July 14, 2004, you can rent a Minivan (Dodge Caravan
or similar) for only $39.99/day at participating locations nationwide.
Book your Minivan today! For more details, see Terms and Conditions.

Culture Club: Spend Time With Shakespeare on Your Next Trip
Whether you attend plays on a regular basis or you're more of the TV
type, the drama, laughs and tears inspired by William Shakespeare's
plays are sure to entertain the whole family. Many cities and towns host
Shakespeare festivals at lovely outdoor venues throughout the summer, so
do a bit of research before you hit the road to find one near your
destination. A few of our favorite fests include Shakespeare on the
Sound, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare
Festival. A fond farewell...

Shakespeare on the Sound
Norwalk, Connecticut
Celebrating its ninth season, Shakespeare on the Sound will be putting
on a production of "The Winter's Tale" from June 17-July 4. Pinkney
Park, set on the banks of Five Mile River, provides a spectacular
setting for this magical outdoor event. Appropriate for the entire
family, hordes of play goers pack up beach chairs, blankets and baskets
of goodies for the nightly (7:30pm) performance. There is no charge to
attend, although contributions are welcome. Audience members are sure to
be in for a colorful experience thanks to fantastic costumes, sets and
music. And the acting is topnotch, due to the theater's proximity to New
York City and its wealth of professional actors--talented locals also
star in the production. Sort of a fairy tale for adults, "The Winter's
Tale" is a moving saga that focuses on two generations of parents and
children. Torment, obsession, rage and redemption are prominent themes
in this fantastical adventure that's part comedy, part tragedy, part
romance. For more info on the event, visit
http://www.shakespeareonthesound.org/.

Illinois Shakespeare Festival
Bloomington, Illinois
Known as one of the top Shakespeare festivals in the country, the
Illinois Shakespeare Festival has been wowing audiences for 26 years.
Held on the lovely grounds of Ewing Manor in Bloomington, Illinois, the
2004 season of Theatre Under the Stars features performances of "Two
Gentleman of Verona" (June 24-August 12) and "Hamlet" (July 15-August
15). Sitting in the newly constructed open-air Elizabethan-style
theatre, where every seat is a good one, patrons of all ages will be
transported back in time to Shakespeare's day. With the moon and the
stars glowing above and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, all
performances are magical, drawing everyone into the drama, passion,
and/or comedy of the play. "Hamlet," which centers around the Prince of
Denmark as he learns his father has been murdered by his uncle who
quickly marries his mother, is one of the greatest dramatic characters
every written and one of Shakespeare's most popular plays. "Two
Gentleman of Verona" is a charming comedy of love, loyalty and
friendship with hilarious servants, an equally hilarious dog, bumbling
outlaws and a girl dressed as a boy. For ticket info and other details
go to http://www.thefestival.org/.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
One of the most beautiful backdrops--the azure waters of Lake Tahoe and
the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains--await theater goers at the Lake
Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Indeed, the new, modern outdoor Warren
Edward Trepp Stage Facility at Sand Harbor State Park in Incline Village
is a divine setting to take in a performance of two of Willie's greatest
works: "As You Like It," a comedy of sibling rivalry set in the
dangerous forest of Arden, and "Much Ado About Nothing," the story of
Beatrice and Benedick--one of the great couples in stage history. The
festival is held from July 15-August 22, and tickets range in price from
$12-$65. Another wonderful aspect to this well-regarded event, now in
its 32nd season, is a free children's program: Young Shakespeare is
designed to promote theatrical arts and the works of Shakespeare to
children. The kids' play is easy to follow, shortened and fast-paced.
Another eagerly anticipated ritual of the festival is the wining and
dining tradition that takes place before show time. Gourmet vendors
serve up a wide variety of cuisine, including vegetarian fare and
children's meals, in the food court. For details go to
http://www.tahoebard.com/.


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