Friday, July 16, 2004

All-You-Can-Eat Shakespeare

July brings more Willie to Vancouver than the city has ever seen. Savage God's ongoing Shakespeare Project culminates in 13 evenings of pay-what-you-can readings of the Bard's works at Christ Church Cathedral. The first week--ending Sunday (July 18)--concentrates on the history plays, including Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2; Henry V; the three parts of Henry VI; Richard III; and the rarely seen Henry VIII. Directors include Glynis Leyshon, David Bloom, and Katrina Dunn. Week 2, which runs July 26 to 31, tackles a number of philosophically complex works: Twelfth Night; Cymbeline; Timon of Athens; Pericles, Prince of Tyre; The Winter's Tale; and Hamlet. Interpreters include Bill Millerd, Conrad Alexandrowicz, and Dean Paul Gibson. In other words, most of the city's best directors are participating--no doubt in tribute to John Juliani, the initiator of the project, who died last year. The writing ain't too shabby, either. "

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