New Jersey Stage

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Shakespeare Live! offers family performances

(MADISON, NJ) -- The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's acclaimed educational touring company, Shakespeare LIVE!, will present several one-hour family performances of Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Theatre's Main Stage – the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue, at Lancaster Road, in Madison. Since 1997, Shakespeare LIVE! has presented more than 1,300 performances to more than a quarter of a million young people, at over 750 schools and other venues throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and Connecticut. Tickets are $15 for adults which includes one free ticket for a child under age 18 with each ticket purchased. For tickets, call 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org

One-hour family performances of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar will be held Friday March 11 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m.. at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre. Shakespeare LIVE! presents a brand-new staging of Shakespeare's searing drama about a nation at a political crossroads. Rome's leaders are faced with a choice between loyalty and duty, between patriotism and propaganda—a choice that will have fatal consequences. As retold by Shakespeare, history has never been more exciting!

One-hour family performances of Shakespeare's most popular comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream will be held Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m., Saturday March 12 and April 16 at 11 a.m. at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre. Shakespeare LIVE! always offers a fresh, imaginative take on this perennial audience favorite. When starry-eyed young lovers and zany would-be actors cross paths with mischief-making fairies in a magical forest, the result is one of the world's most uproarious comedies. A Midsummer Night's Dream is the ideal "first Shakespeare" for elementary grades, and a riotous roller-coaster ride for teens (and adults).

For tickets to or more information about Family performances of Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night's Dream, call the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's box office at 973-408-5600, via email at Boxoffice@shakespeareNJ.org or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

The March performances are part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance Family Week at the Theatre program cosponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.


Shakespeare LIVE!, celebrating its 15th season, travels to schools and other venues throughout the state and wider region with 60-minute versions of two of Shakespeare's most popular plays: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and JULIUS CAESAR. To inquire about bringing Shakespeare LIVE! to your school or venue, call 973-408-3980 or e-mail jbrink@ShakespeareNJ.org.

Shakespeare LIVE! is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest presents Shakespeare for a New Generation. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is one of 40 professional theater companies selected to participate in Shakespeare for a New Generation, bringing the finest productions of Shakespeare to thousands of middle- and high-school students in communities across the United States. This is the eighth year of Shakespeare in American Communities, the largest tour of Shakespeare in American history. For more information on Shakespeare for a New Generation, please visit http://www.ShakespeareInAmericanCommunities.org/.

Funding for Shakespeare LIVE! is provided, in part, by Investors Savings Bank, The Turrell Fund, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the Ambrose and Ida Frederickson Foundation, Provident Bank Foundation and the Merrill G. and Emita E. Hastings Foundation.