The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0104 Friday, 3 March 2006
Date: Friday, March 03, 2006
Subject: "Shakespeare in Washington" in 2007
All D.C. Will Be a Stage for Shakespeare
By Peter Marks
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 2, 2006; A01
In the most extravagant demonstration of the area's devotion to William
Shakespeare-in a theater town with three standing companies devoted to
the playwright-Washington next year will stage a six-month, citywide
immersion in theatrical, ballet, film, operatic, orchestral, choral and
jazz adaptations of the canon.
"Shakespeare in Washington" will kick off Jan. 5 -- a day you might know
as Twelfth Night-and continue through June 2007 with a dizzying number
of entries by 40 organizations, from renowned classical companies to
local groups for disabled performers. One of the city's most
wide-ranging explorations of a playwright ever, the festival will be in
theaters, museums and movie houses across the region, and the list of
participating institutions is expected to grow.
The Kennedy Center-whose president, Michael M. Kaiser, hatched the idea
of the festival with Michael Kahn, artistic director of the Shakespeare
Theatre Company-unveiled the event's full range of offerings yesterday.
If all goes as planned, it will be one of the more comprehensive
assessments across one city's institutions of the enduring impact of
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