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Thursday, February 18

First Folio Festival

Celebration
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lobby, Museum of Art, and Dance Theater

The Penny Lane Consort, the Middlebury Actors Workshop, the Mountain Ayres, and professors James Berg and Timothy Billings


Join us for Renaissance music, gallery talks, and a live theater performance celebrating the exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. Starting at 4:30, The Penny Lane Consort will perform music of Shakespeare’s time on recorders, sackbut, and other instruments. At 4:45 PM and 6:15 PM, join Middlebury College professors James Berg and Timothy Billings for gallery tours in the Museum of Art. At 5:15 PM, the Middlebury Actors Workshop will perform Straight Up Shakespeare, an energetic, fast-paced romp through Shakespeare’s world. This free performance will feature Shakespeare’s most famous scenes and sonnets, linked together with original commentary that will demystify Shakespeare for all ages. Next, The Mountain Ayres, Middlebury College’s co-ed acappella group dedicated to the appreciation and performance of Renaissance music, will serenade visitors until it is time to say, “Good night, good night. Parting is such sweet sorrow.” Also enjoy Renaissance refreshments, children’s activities, and Shakespeare selfies. FREE.

For a full list of events associated with the First Folio! exhibit, please visit the First Folio! blog.

Sunday, February 28

Selected Scenes from “Will,” a New Play by Playwright Jon Glascoe ’78

Theatrical Production
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theater

Vermont Shakespeare Festival


Shakespeare’s Richard the Second is about the deposition of a monarch. Imagine the fury of Queen Elizabeth when she discovered that this very play was performed for an audience of traitorous soldiers the night before the Essex Rebellion—the famed Earl’s failed attempt to depose her.

In Jon Glascoe’s new play Will, Shakespeare stands chained in the Tower of London, questioned by Robert Cecil and eventually the Queen herself, to determine his role in the treason. In the course of these examinations, Will’s whole life is revealed, from his humble beginnings in Stratford, to the glory of Hamlet.

Join us for a series of excerpts from Will, performed by members of the Vermont Shakespeare Festival. Light Refreshments after the performance. FREE

Cosponsored by the Director of the Arts at Middlebury, the Council for the Arts, the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Vermont Shakespeare Festival. This event is part of a month-long celebration associated with the museum’s exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare.