By Special to the Daily World
Georgia Shakespeare kicked off its 26th anniversary season last month with Avery Brooks’ engaging, provocative performance of Paul Robeson. The rest of the season’s lineup is full of exciting work and events. First up is Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration later this month followed by the Annual Bard’s Bash Fundraiser Gala in May.
The Summer Festival begins in June and the selections are: “The Tempest” and “Antony and Cleopatra,” both by William Shakespeare, in repertory in June and July; and “Noises Off,” by Michael Frayn during July and August. Also in July, the company’s Family Classics Series presents “The Jungle Book,” a musical adaptation based on the book by Rudyard Kipling. October brings the great American classic, “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams.
Shake at the Lake, the annual Shakespeare in Piedmont Park event, will not be produced this May; however, the company is hopeful that it will be produced later this year. Ticket subscription packages are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale April 23. For more information call the box office at 404-264-0020 or visit http://www.gashakespeare.org.
For more details, Shakespeare’s Birthday and Open House is set for April 23, 11a.m.-2p.m., and the Georgia Shakespeare invites families to party like it’s 1599! Celebrate the 447th birthday of the world’s greatest playwright with Georgia Shakespeare at this free family event sponsored by the Junior League of Atlanta. There will be arts and crafts, performances, a bouncy house, games, prizes, and, of course, birthday cake. Nathan’s Hot Dogs and beverages will be available for purchase. While enjoying the party, patrons may take advantage of the one-day sale on Georgia Shakespeare’s Family Classics Series production of “The Jungle Book.” During the celebration, visit the Box Office to purchase tickets for just $6 (regularly $13). Parking and the party is free.
Georgia Shakespeare is the Professional Theater in Residence at Oglethorpe University, and is located at 4484 Peachtree Rd. NE in Atlanta.