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Woodward Shakespeare Festival

by Lorie Lewis Ham


At KRL we enjoy taking our readers behind the scenes-whether it’s learning about the lives of teachers, actors, artists, or musicians. This week we are chatting with local actor Casey Ballard from Kingsburg, CA. Casey is also the actor featured in our latest podcast episode, Murder at the Driskill.

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by Terrance McArthur


It’s a happy day on the beach in Long Beach, California, when the fleet returns in 1944 in the Woodward Shakespeare Festival’s light-hearted season closer, Much Ado About Nothing, playing on the Festival Stage in Fresno through August 25.

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by Terrance McArthur


Shakespeare’s Othello—Whose play is it, anyway?
Othello’s…or Iago’s?
That’s the question I had after watching the Woodward Shakespeare Festival production (the first of its 14th summer season), which plays through July 7.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Another season of the Woodward Shakespeare Festival begins next month. KRL took a moment to interview their new
Executive Producer Casey Ballard about the 2018 season and just a bit about her background in theatre.

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by Terrance McArthur


William Shakespeare, poet-playwright of the centuries, author of towering masterpieces like Hamlet, Richard III, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Titus Andronicus, King Lear.

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by Terrance McArthur



It’s summertime in Fresno, and that means Shakespeare in the Park. The Woodward Shakespeare Festival is back for its thirteenth season of free Shakespeare performances, but don’t get superstitious. WSF opens with a lively, modern-dress version of Twelfth Night on the Festival Stage that deserves to be seen.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


It is almost time for another season of the Woodward Shakespeare Festival in Fresno, so we took some time to sit down with their executive producer Greg Taber to chat about the new season.

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by Terrance McArthur



Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead at the Woodward Shakespeare Festival is…
It’s like…
If you watch one of those food contests on TV where they give the chefs a strange set of ingredients and tell them to make something delicious, someone might tell the judges they have made a deconstructed dish, where the parts are disconnected and have to be mixed by the diner. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern is Tom Stoppard’s deconstructed Hamlet, pulling apart the Shakespeare masterwork and seeing what the audience will make of it.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


There’s a whole lot of Hamlet goin’ on! The Woodward Shakespeare Festival has the Melancholy Dane onstage, while the Good Company Second Space pokes fun at him with I Hate Hamlet. The WSF’s second and final play of the season will be another riff on something-is-rotten-in-the-state-of-Denmark, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Shakespeare is really busy these days, 400 years after his death.

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Woodward Shakespeare Festival 2016

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Another summer of the Woodward Shakespeare Festival begins June 16 in Fresno so we took some time to chat with their executive producer for the past 5 years, Greg Taber, about the 2016 season.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised) at the Woodward Shakespeare Festival is…
Wait a minute! Didn’t you review that show two weeks ago?
Yes, I did, but that was with a different cast.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Can you imagine seeing all of William Shakespeare’s 37 plays in one night…in less than two hours? The Woodward Shakespeare Festival makes a fine go of it with its final production of the festival’s 11th season, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised), which was developed by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield in 1987. The Revised part updated some of the jokes to bring the humor into the 21st century.

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