Escondido Public Library and San Diego’s Old Globe present Shakespeare Saturdays, bringing theater to the local community through their arts engagement program, Globe for All. Shakespeare Saturdays pairs an introductory workshop that will demystify Shakespeare and Measure for Measure in the first session and present the live play in the second session.
The first Shakespeare Saturday event takes place on Saturday, November 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room.
Old Globe teaching artists will lead a Bard Basics Workshop introducing participants to Shakespeare’s language, themes, characters, and stories though theater-based activities. Registration is required at library.escondido.org/register.
Shakespeare’s play Measure for Measure will be performed live and “in the round” with professional Globe actors on Saturday, November 19, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. This production is appropriate for ages 12 and older.
Registration is required at library.escondido.org/register to accommodate the audience.
A comedy, Measure for Measure, is set in a decadent Vienna, where strict Angelo wants to rid the city of moral decay. When he meets a young nun pleading for the life of her brother, things get complicated. Justice, lust, hypocrisy, and redemption take center stage along with a wild cast of characters in a bold staging of this timely classic. Acclaimed director Patricia McGregor makes her Globe debut.
Over the past two years Globe for All has performed for nearly 2,200 audience members. Joanna Axelrod, principal librarian said, “Escondido Public Library is so excited to partner with San Diego’s very own Old Globe to bring Shakespeare’s
“theater in the round” to our community for everyone to enjoy. While both the Bard Basics Workshop and the live performance of Measure for Measure each stand alone, those who attend both will get the most out of the experience. We are thrilled to help introduce a new audience to Shakespeare’s world and plays in partnership with Globe for All.”
Library programs are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street Escondido. For more information about library programs and services visit library.escondido.org or contact Principal Librarian Joanna Axelrod at 760-839-4330.