Sched­ule of Shake­spear re­lated events

The ‘First Fo­lio!’ ex­hi­bi­tion at the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art has en­gen­dered a plethora of pre­sen­ta­tions that prom­ise to keep Shake­speare afi­ciona­dos very busy in­deed. Here is your Shake­spearean date book.

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BOOK FIRST THAT FO­LIO! GAVE THE US SHAKE­SPEARE Open­ing re­cep­tion 5:30 p.m. Fri­day, Feb. 5;

ex­hibit through Feb. 28 A free pub­lic open­ing of what is the first New Mex­ico dis­play of a First Fo­lio. To go, or not to go — there’s re­ally no ques­tion. That is, un­less you’d pre­fer to avoid the open­ing- night crowd and at­tend dur­ing reg­u­lar vis­it­ing hours. The mu­seum is usu­ally closed on Mon­days but will re­main open ev­ery day through the du­ra­tion of this show. Open­ing-night fes­tiv­i­ties in­clude live mu­sic of Shake­speare’s time per­formed by Música An­tigua de Al­bu­querque.

New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave., 505- 476-5072; en­trance by mu­seum ad­mis­sion STAGE, SET­TING, MOOD:

THE­ATRI­CAL­ITY IN THE VIS­UAL ARTS Open­ing re­cep­tion 5:30 p.m. Fri­day, Feb. 5;

ex­hibit through May 1 The ex­hi­bi­tion, which com­ple­ments the First

Fo­lio! show, spot­lights paint­ings and other vis­ual art­works that de­pict per­form­ers or per­for­mances or take a par­tic­u­larly stage­like stance to un­der­score dra­matic mood.

New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art; en­trance by mu­seum ad­mis­sion THE BOOK’S THE THING: SHAKE­SPEARE FROM

STAGE TO PAGE Open­ing re­cep­tion 5:30 p.m. Fri­day, Feb. 5,

ex­hibit through Feb. 28 As part of an ex­hi­bi­tion it has put to­gether about book arts and other printed ma­te­ri­als in­spired by Shake­speare, the Palace Print Shop & Bindery is pro­duc­ing broad­sides of texts from Ham­let and fac­sim­i­les of a First Fo­lio page us­ing a replica Guten­berg-style hand press. The ex­hi­bi­tion is at the Palace of the Gov­er­nors, which was built a few years be­fore the First Fo­lio was pub­lished. Print­ing ses­sions, in which vis­i­tors may par­tic­i­pate, are from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tues­days through Sun­days through­out Fe­bru­ary.

Palace of the Gov­er­nors, 105 W. Palace Ave., 505- 476-5200; en­trance by mu­seum ad­mis­sion


7:30 p.m. Fri­day, Feb. 5 & Satur­day, Feb. 6; 2 p.m.

Sun­day, Feb. 7. Fi­nal per­for­mances in a pro­duc­tion of

Ham­let di­rected by David Richard Jones.

Vor­tex Theatre, 2900 Carlisle Blvd. N.E., Al­bu­querque, 505-247- 8600; $15 and $22,

reser­va­tions at www.vor­tex­ “SHAKE­SPEARE’S POET­ICS OF SCI­ENCE”

7:30 p.m. Fri­day, Feb. 5. Tu­tor Natalie El­liot presents an hour­long lecture in which she con­sid­ers how the rapidly evolv­ing un­der­stand­ing of as­tron­omy, anatomy, and other sci­ences are re­flected in King

Lear, Ham­let, and other Shake­speare plays.

St. John’s Col­lege, Great Hall, 1160 Camino de Cruz Blanca, 505-984- 6000,; no charge SHAKE­SPEARE TREA­SURE HUNT

10 a.m.- 6 p.m. daily, Satur­day, Feb. 6- Feb. 28 The In­ter­na­tional Shake­speare Cen­ter has or­ga­nized an ad­ven­ture to en­cour­age young­sters to be­friend the Bard. They pick up a free trea­sure map at the New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum and fol­low clues in­volv­ing quo­ta­tions that, if cor­rectly solved, will lead them to down­town mer­chants who will be ea­ger to hear them de­claim the rel­e­vant quotation and will present a re­ward in re­turn. Par­tic­i­pants who suc­ceed in nav­i­gat­ing the whole cir­cuit will end up back at the mu­seum, where a free poster from the Palace Press awaits them. New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum, 113 Lin­coln Ave.,

505- 476-5200; no charge to par­tic­i­pate


6 p.m. Mon­day, Feb. 8 Robin Wil­liams and Kristin Bun­de­sen of­fer a his­tory of Shake­speare read­ing groups and lead at­ten­dees of all ages in read­ing the open­ing scene of KingLear. ( The pro­gram is re­peated on Feb. 15 at the li­brary’s South­side branch, 6599 Jaguar Drive). Santa Fe Pub­lic Li­brary La­Farge branch, 1730 Llano St., 505-955- 4862; no charge


12: 15 p.m. Tues­day, Feb. 9 Robin Wil­liams’ lecture con­sid­ers women’s in­volve­ment in Amer­i­can Shake­speare stud­ies from the 17th cen­tury through the pi­o­neer era to mod­ern times. New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art, St. Fran­cis




6 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Feb. 10 In this hour­long lecture, Shake­speare scholar Eric Ras­mussen, of the Univer­sity of Ne­vada, re­counts his i nter­na­tional ad­ven­tures track­ing down and doc­u­ment­ing copies of the First Fo­lio, some of which are tinged with ec­cen­tric­ity and even crime. New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art,

St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium MU­SIC AT THE MU­SEUM: SHAKE­SPEARE


7 p.m. Feb. 12 Oliver Prezant con­ducts the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Or­ches­tra ( in a con­cert of works in­spired by Shake­speare, i nclud­ing Men­delssohn’s Mid­sum­mer

Night’sDreamOver­ture, Ber­lioz’s Over­ture to Béa­triceetBéné­dict (an op­er­atic ver­sion of

MuchA­doAboutNoth­ing), Steven Pax­ton’s AHam­letOver­ture, a suite from Wal­ton’s

film mu­sic for Hen­ryV, and a se­lec­tion from

Prokofiev’s bal­let RomeoandJuliet. New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art, St. Fran­cis



11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Feb. 13 This new opera, by com­poser Joseph Il­lick and li­bret­tist An­drea Fellows Wal­ters, com­mis­sioned by Santa Fe Opera, re­ceives its world pre­miere on April 9 and 10 (see later in this cal­en­dar), but in­ter­ested par­ties can get a pre­view of ex­cerpts in a pub­lic dis­cus­sion with pro­duc­tion per­son­nel at this event. New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum; no charge, but reser­va­tions must be made

through the Santa Fe Opera at 505-986-5900 or 800-280- 4654 HIGH SCHOOL/FAM­ILY DIS­COV­ERY WORK­SHOP

1 p.m. Feb. 13 An hour­long hands- on art work­shop in which par­tic­i­pants will con­sider Ham­let’s so­lil­o­quy “To be, or not to be” and cre­ate their own manga/graphic ver­sion of that text.

New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art THE TAM­ING OF THE


11:15 a.m. Feb. 14 A screen­ing of French chore­og­ra­pher Jean- Christophe Mail­lot ’ s adap­ta­tion of Shake­speare’s com­edy into a two-hour dance work for the Bol­shoi Bal­let, set to mu­sic by Dmitri Shostakovich. The Screen, Santa Fe Univer­sity of Art and De­sign, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive, 505- 473- 6494; $20, dis­counts avail­able, www.the­


1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 14 The Up­start Crows of Santa Fe, a youth the­ater troupe, per­forms scenes f rom

TheWin­ter’sTale,Twelfth Night, and A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions within the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art. Aug. 8-21, the com­pany will be per­form­ing

Henry IV, Part 1 at the out­door am­phithe­ater at the Santa Fe Botan­i­cal Gar­den on Mu­seum Hill.

New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art


Joanna Read, of 5 theto 8 Lon­donp.m. Feb. Academy16 of Mu­sic & work­shop Dra­matic on Art, the leads Bal­cony an Scene au­di­ence- fromRomeo in­ter­ac­tive and

Juliet;tors over at­ten­deestea and may scones. also visit with the in­struc

$30, $15 Scot­tish­for stu­dents,Rite Cen­ter, Tick­ets 463 Santa Paseo Fe de at Per­alta;the Len­sic,

505-988-1234, www.tick­


noon Feb. 17 The Santa Fe Shake­speare So­ci­ety presents a per­for­mance of its hour­long play about stresses that sur­face when the Shake­speare fam­ily puts on a play in less than ideal cir­cum­stances.

New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art, St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium;



7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 and Feb. 20 and 1- 4 p.m. Feb. 21 Stu­dents from St. John’s Col­lege give live per­for­mances of Ham­let on Feb. 17 and Feb. 20. On Feb. 21, tu­tor Natalie El­liot leads a sem­i­nar to dis­cuss both the text and the per­for­mance. (Par­tic­i­pants choose to at­tend one evening per­for­mance or the other — not both.)

St. John’s Col­lege; $80, reg­is­ter at­grams-and- events/ DAMES OF THRONES:


7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 The New York-based Duc­dame En­sem­ble per­forms an orig­i­nal the­ater piece that in­tro­duces fe­male char­ac­ters — both ex­alted and not so much — from var­i­ous Shake­speare plays.

Adobe Rose Theatre, 1213- B Park­way Drive (off Ru­fina Street), 505-780-5865; $20, $10 stu­dents, Tick­ets Santa Fe at the Len­sic, 505-988-1234,



1:30 to 4 p.m. Feb. 18 We’re all fo­cus­ing on Shake­speare’s plays just now, thanks to the visit of the First Fo­lio, but Ju­dith Phillips and Joanna Read, of the Lon­don Academy of Mu­sic & Dra­matic Art, look deeply into the Bard’s son­nets in a work­shop that ap­proaches them through breath, sound, and ar­tic­u­la­tion.

New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum, Meem Room; $25 for par­tic­i­pat­ing ac­tors, $15 stu­dents and ob­servers, Tick­ets Santa Fe at the Len­sic, 505-988-1234,


2 p.m. Feb. 19 Shake­speare schol­ars Stephen Grant and John F. An­drews (Santa Fe’s own) con­verse about the First Fo­lio and the story be­hind the Fol­ger Shake­speare Li­brary. Fol­low­ing the dis­cus­sion, Grant signs copies of his new book, Col­lect­ing

Shake­speare, which is avail­able for pur­chase at

the event. New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art,

St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium Rod­ney Cot­tier, SHAKE­SPEARE’SMASTERCLASS:FIRST­head5 to 8 of p.m. the FOLIOFeb. drama19 school of the Lon­don­about the Acade­myGlobe of Theatre Mu­sic and & Dra­mati­cis­sues Art,of stag­ings­peaks be­fore in­ter­ac­tive lead­ing Mu­se­um­look par­tic­i­pantsat of the In­ter­na­tion­alopen­ing through sceneFolk Art,anof King in-depth, Lear. ob­servers,706 Camino Tick­et­sLejo, Santa505- 476-1200;Fe at the $30, Len­sic, $15 505-988-1234,stu­dents and


1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 20 Two lec­tures and a panel dis­cus­sion about Shake­speare’s in­flu­ence on the South­west, with pro­fes­sors Heather James and Bruce Smith of the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, Marissa Green­berg of the Univer­sity of New Mex­ico, and lo­cal the­ater and film pro­fes­sion­als who have been in­volved in Shake­speare pro­duc­tions.

New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art, St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium SPEAK THE SPEECH: DI­REC­TORS’ CUTS

1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 21 Sev­eral l ocal di­rec­tors and ac­tors present 10-minute scenes from Shake­speare’s plays to il­lus­trate their vary­ing ap­proaches to the play­wright’s lan­guage.

New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art, St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium


1-3 p.m. Feb. 22 Robin Wil­liams presents a Renesan In­sti­tute for Life­long Learn­ing ses­sion. She will con­sider how peo­ple have ex­pe­ri­enced Shake­speare as texts to read and how that prac­tice dif­fers from en­coun­ter­ing his plays through stage per­for­mances. St. John’s Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pe­cos Trail; $15, call Renesan at 505-982-9274, reg­is­ter at­


7 p.m. Feb. 25 The Na­tional Theatre Live in HD se­ries beams out Shake­speare’s As You Like It in high def­i­ni­tion from the Na­tional Theatre in Lon­don, which is pro­duc­ing the play for the first time in 30 years. Polly Find­lay di­rects and Rosalie Craig takes the role of Ros­alind. Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 211 W. San Fran­cisco St.;

$22, 505-988-1234, www.tick­


6 p.m. Feb. 26 By the time the First Fo­lio ap­peared, Ham­let had al­ready been pub­lished in two sin­gle-play edi­tions. In this lecture/con­ver­sa­tion, Joshua Cal­houn, of the Univer­sity of Wis­con­sin–Madi­son, in­ves­ti­gates their sim­i­lar­i­ties and dif­fer­ences, as well as how per­for­mance tra­di­tion has mixed up the three early pub­lished takes on the melan­choly Dane.

New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum; no charge SHAKE­SPEARE’S“SO LONG LIVES SONNETSTHIS …

LIVE1 to ON4 p.m. STAGE”Feb. 27 The and Rio am­a­teur Ran­cho ac­tors Pub­licto de­liver Li­brary dra­maticin­vites pro­fes­sion­al­recita­tions of come Shake­speare’spre­pared. son­nets — from mem­ory, so

4800 V. La­banSue Cleve­landRoad N.E., High Rio School Ran­cho, Au­di­to­rium,505-938- 0300

LEAR’S7 p.m. SHADOWFeb. 27 In this solo show, ac­tor-play­wright Ge­off Hoyle plays var­i­ous parts in King Lear — the king and his three daugh­ters, but mostly the Fool, who, re­cently un­em­ployed, tells his side of what hap­pened. Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter; $10-$35, 505-988-1234, www.tick­ “PART­ING IS SUCH SWEET


1 p.m. Feb. 28 The Santa Fe Shake­speare So­ci­ety bids adieu to the vis­it­ing First Fo­lio by pre­sent­ing great farewell scenes and so­lil­o­quies from the Bard’s plays.

New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art


8 p.m. Thurs­days-Satur­days, 2 p.m. Sun­days,

March 3- March 20 Duke City Reper­tory Theatre, a pro­fes­sional non­profit the­ater com­pany down Al­bu­querque way, presents Shake­speare’s drama of political back­stab­bing in an adap­ta­tion by John Hardy, who also di­rects. “Beware the ides of March,” warns the sooth­sayer; but since the ides fall on a Tues­day this year, that should not im­pact at­ten­dance. The Cell Theatre, 700 First St. N.W., Al­bu­querque, 505-797-7081; $22, dis­counts avail­able,


7:30 p.m. Fri­days & Satur­days, 2 p.m. Sun­days, March 4- March 27 (plus 7:30 p.m. Thurs­day, March 17) The ground­break­ing mu­si­cal — mu­sic by Leonard Bern­stein, book by Arthur Lau­rents, l yrics by Stephen Sond­heim — trans­poses Shake­speare’s Romeo and Juliet to the tough ur­ban land­scape of New York’s Up­per West Side, roughly the neigh­bor­hood where Lin­coln Cen­ter now stands. Al­bu­querque Lit­tle Theatre, 224 San Pasquale Ave. S.W., Al­bu­querque, 505-242- 4750; $24,­bu­querquelit­tlethe­


6 p.m. April 9 and 2 p.m. April 10 This new opera, by com­poser Joseph Il­lick and li­bret­tist An­drea Fellows Wal­ters, in­volves two for­mer Shake­spearean ac­tors — a he and a she — who have lost part of their mem­o­ries due to a pan­demic virus but man­age to re­con­nect by en­gag­ing in scenes from var­i­ous Shake­speare plays. Fol­low­ing th­ese pre­miere per­for­mances of the work, Santa Fe Opera (which com­mis­sioned it) will take it on tour for per­for­mances be­fore young au­di­ences in 34 lo­ca­tions in New Mex­ico and Colorado. Scot­tish Rite Cen­ter; $10, through the Opera’s box of­fice,

505-986-5900 or 800-280- 4654 ROBERTO DEV­EREUX

11 a.m. and 6 p.m. April 16 Donizetti’s tragic opera isn’t strictly Shake­spearean, but it does fo­cus on the monarch who ruled over Eng­land dur­ing most of Shake­speare’s life. The opera elab­o­rates on a his­tor­i­cal in­ci­dent: El­iz­a­beth’s pre­sumed in­fat­u­a­tion with and sub­se­quent be­head­ing of Robert Dev­ereux, Earl of Es­sex, an in­ci­dent that oc­curred in 1601— the pre­cise mid­point of Shake­speare’s ca­reer. So­prano Son­dra Rad­vanovsky and tenor Matthew Polen­zani sing the leads in th­ese screen­ings from The Met: Live in HD. Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter; $22-$28, 505-988-1234,



7:30 p.m. Fri­days and Satur­days, 2 p.m. Sun­days, April 29- May 22 “An Ar­gu­ment Erupts Among Shake­speare’s Great­est Women” is the sub­ti­tle of this the­ater piece, in which orig­i­nal text by Joseph McGrath binds to­gether Shake­spearean scenes that spot­light such mem­o­rable char­ac­ters as Juliet, Cleopa­tra, Kate, and Lady Mac­beth, all in­ter­act­ing with one an­other. Watch also for an up­com­ing an­nounce­ment of the “Shake­speare on the Plaza” pro­duc­tions, which nor­mally take place in June as a joint en­deavor of the Vor­tex Theatre and the City of Al­bu­querque. Vor­tex Theatre, Al­bu­querque; $22, $15 stu­dents,

reser­va­tions at www.vor­tex­


5:30 p.m. May 29 Among the selections in the New Mex­ico Per­form­ing Arts So­ci­ety’s pro­gram of op­er­atic ex­cerpts is a scene from Verdi’s Fal­staff, the plot of which is de­rived from Shake­speare’s The­Merry

WivesofWind­sor and Henry IV. Franz Vote con­ducts. By way of prepa­ra­tion, Vote is joined by Robert Glick for a ses­sion at the Renesan In­sti­tute for Life­long Learn­ing ti­tled “The Lan­guage of Opera,” on April 11 from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m.; reg­is­tra­tion for the class ($15), at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pe­cos Trail, can be se­cured through­ or by call­ing 505-982-9274.

Im­mac­u­late Heart of Mary Chapel, 50 Mount Carmel Road; $15-$25, 505- 886-1251,



8:30 p.m. July 16; per­for­mances con­tin­u­ing 8:30 p.m.

July 20 and 29, 8 p.m. Aug. 4, 9, 16, and 25 It ’s not too early to take note of Santa Fe Opera’s up­com­ing pro­duc­tion of Gounod’s op­er­atic set­ting of Shake­speare’s fa­mous tragedy of “two house­holds, both alike in dig­nity, in fair Verona.” So­prano Ai­lyn Pérez and tenor Stephen Costello por­tray the star- crossed lovers, and the com­pany’s mu­sic di­rec­tor, Harry Bicket, pre­sides at the podium. Santa Fe Opera, 7 miles north of Santa Fe on US 84/285; prices start at $37; 505-986-5900, 800-280- 4654,


Sched­ules some­times change. The In­ter­na­tional Shake­speare Cen­ter will be pro­vid­ing up-to- date in­for­ma­tion at­ter­na­tion­al­shake­speare.cen­ter. All Fo­lio-re­lated events held in St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium are

free with ad­mis­sion to the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art.

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