The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2036  Thursday, 23 August 2001

From:           Joanne Gates <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 22 Aug 2001 16:45:35 -0500 (CDT)
Subject:        One-Man Adaptation of The Late Mr. Shakespeare

Colleagues who have secured the stage rights to Nye's _The Late Mr.
Shakespeare_ have asked me to post to the list this press release,
designed for our local media.  We are in N.E. Alabama, between Atlanta
and Birmingham.

Joanne Gates
Jacksonville State University


When The Late Mr. Shakespeare receives its world premiere this
September, it will be the culmination of years collaboration between
longtime friends Wayne Claeren and Steven Whitton, both of whom have
been active on area stages for over almost three decades.

It was Claeren who discovered The Late Mr. Shakespeare, a novel by
British novelist Robert Nye. It was a work that seemed ripe for a stage
adaptation. In fact the would-be collaborators found that they weren't
the only ones thinking the same thing. At the time of his death, Sir
Alec Guinness was negotiating for the film rights.

Once Claeren and Whitton agreed to collaborate (the decision was made
over breakfast in Anniston), the stage rights were obtained from Nye,
and work on what would become one-person play began. An actor nicknamed
Pickleherring, a wise and witty octogenarian who claims to have
originated most of the women's roles in Shakespeare's plays, is the
evening's teller of tales.

And the collaboration which began over breakfast seems to have grown:
Pickleherring is being played by Wayne Claeren, and the production is
being directed by Steven Whitton. Set designer is Diana Cadwallader;
costume designer is Freddy Clements.

The Late Mr. Shakespeare is both touching and bawdy; viewer discretion
is advised. The world premiere is September 27-29 at 7:00 and September
30 at 2:00 at Stone Center Theater, JSU. For reservations and
performance information call the theater box office at 256-782.5648.

Contact persons

Wayne Claeren 256-782.5489

Steven Whitton 256-782.5414

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