Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday

ToBe/4-23

Following on the heels of Earth Day is Shakespeare’s Birthday.   The Chicago Shakespeare Company celebrates the bard’s birthday in style. Come join the celebration.

Shakespeare’s Macbeth is reexamined through the eyes of the title character’s best friend in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production of I, Banquo, written by Tim Crouch and directed by Marti Lyons, streaming on-demand on Chicago ShakesSTREAM, March 22–April 18, 2021. Pictured: Dan Waller as Banquo, and Patrick Scott McDermott as Fleance. Photo courtesy of Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Tune in for a night of performance, broadcast from the Theater’s rooftop as we mark Shakespeare’s birthday—celebrating the power of the arts to inspire, heal & unite us.
An immortal line from a poet 400 years ago beckons us still today: “To be, or not to be.” Our city has greatly suffered—but its spirit remains unshakeable. Through song, poetry, dance, and spoken word, this virtual celebration urges us all… to be. To be bold. To be daring. To be a force for positive change. 

On Friday, April 23, 2021, from 7:00-7:45pm (CT), Chicago Shakespeare Theater will broadcast TO BE 4/23, a special free, online evening of conversation and performances broadcast from the Theater’s rooftop celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday and the power of the arts to inspire, heal, and unite us.

Julian Parker takes on the title role in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production of I, Cinna (the poet), written by Tim Crouch and directed by Tyrone Phillips, streaming on-demand on Chicago ShakesSTREAM, April 5–May 2, 2021. Photo courtesy of Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Featuring:

Emmy award-winning actor, rapper and activist, COMMON In conversation with Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and event Co-Chair Binta Niambi Brown

Special performances by:

Joriah Kwamé

Ingrid Michaelson

Susan Moniz

With Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Jovan Landry, Taheera Whittington

And Ariana Burns, Lucy Godinez, Alexa Moster, Juwon Tyrel Perry, Brandon Pisano, Sawyer Smith 

Honoring:

Sheli Z. Rosenberg with Spirit of Shakespeare Award for Distinguished Leadership

Stream this free event here

Visit  chicagoshakes to stream other performances

Streaming from NYC is….

THE 18TH ANNUAL WILL-A-THON: ” WILL’S PLAYHOUSE 90″

to be performed LIVE, Sunday, April 25th @ 4:00 P.M. EDT., then Available Around The Clock Throughout On YouTube to the afternoon of Thursday the 29th, it being

A Series of Scenes with an Occasional Sonnet by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE in Honor of his 457th Birthday

Enjoy Will-A-Thon…Use this link

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