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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.


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.


Woodward Shakespeare Festival 2016


FROM THE 2016 Articles,
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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.


by Lorie Lewis Ham

This weekend, for 2 performances only, Fresno Pacific University will present Dark as the Night, Selections from Shakespeare. We took a moment to chat about the show with the director, Brooke Aiello, who is an Adjunct Theatre Professor and Costume Shop Coordinator at FPU.


by Terrance Mc Arthur

For a director, the best thing about Shakespeare is that he’s dead, and he can’t complain about how his script is interpreted. It gives a production freedom to interpret the text in any number of ways. In the Fourth Wall Theatre Company’s Hamlet, at Visalia’s Main Street Theatre until August 16, that interpretation is modern and sleek, with hide-a-beds and headphones.


by Lorie Lewis Ham

Beginning on April 13 The New Ensemble Theatre Group will present William Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the Broken Leg Stage in Fresno. This production of Hamlet will be a bit different than most are familiar with, as a woman, actress Brooke Aiello, will be playing the title role. Hamlet is Shakespeare’s tragic tale of murder and revenge within the ultimate dysfunctional family.

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