Shakespeare Festival Update

The 5th Annual Nantucket Arts Council Shakespeare Festival begins on Sunday, July 12 and runs through Sunday, July 19, this year dedicated to the memory of Arts Council Board Member Philippe Schreiber. This year’s Festival is filled with well known local, national and international names in the realm of Shakespeare. Here are the latest details.

Nantucket-based Seaside Shakespeare will perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, the troupe’s third consecutive offering at Children’s Beach. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will open the Festival on Sunday, July 12 and run through Wednesday, July 15.

Seaside Shakespeare will also re-stage their 2006 production of “Wit and Wisdom of Will’s Women” at Bennett Hall. This “invention on the work of Shakespeare” is an original creation from the company, and the entire cast from 2006 will return to reprise their roles on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18, with an 8 p.m. curtain. All performances are free and open to the public.

Seaside Shakespeare will also stage a special performance for children on Saturday morning, July 18.

This winter saw the passing of gentleman and scholar, Philippe Schreiber, who served as vice president of the Nantucket Arts Council, and who headed up the film series for the Shakespeare Festival. Philippe added intelligence, culture, wit, humor, and balance to any conversation and to our lives, and always with a smile on his face. His knowledge of film, to mention just one of the arts, was staggering, especially foreign film and the classics. As a member of the Arts Council, I can say that we could not have had a better representative in the community than Philippe. We’ll never be able to replace him, but he has set an example for the rest of us. The 2009 NAC Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to his memory. The Film Series will go on as planned with the three films Schreiber had already chosen. The films will be shown throughout the week of the Festival at Hendrix Hall at the Unitarian Church.

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