July 5, 2016
"Shaking Up Shakespeare" Festival Now Underway at the ND Heritage Center & State Museum
BISMARCK—The "Shaking Up Shakespeare" festival, presented by the State Historical Society of North Dakota in collaboration with Capitol Shakespeare, is offering free programs and events during the month of July at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck.
July 6 marks the opening of the “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” exhibit on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, which will be on view in the ND Heritage Center's James E. Sperry Gallery until July 31. Accompanying the exhibit is "Shakespeare in Our Lives," featuring quilts inspired by Shakespeare's quotes by Designing Quilters of Fargo-Moorhead and performance memorabilia from Capitol Shakespeare in Bismarck.
The "Shaking Up Shakespeare" festival will also offer these free programs throughout the month of July:
July 5: "West Side Story" movie showing at 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m. with discussion, Russell Reid Auditorium
July 9: Children's Renaissance Faire, 2 to 6 p.m., Badlands Plaza
July 12: "Romeo and Juliet" movie showing at 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m. with discussion, Russell Reid Auditorium
July 16: Teacher Workshop, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CEU available.
July 16: "The History of Shakespeare in North Dakota" presentation by humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson, 3 p.m., Russell Reid Auditorium
July 19: "Macbeth" movie showing at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. with discussion, 7 p.m., Russell Reid Auditorium
July 20-24: "Much Ado About Nothing" performance by Capitol Shakespeare, 7 p.m., Prairie Amphitheater
July 26: "A Midsummer Night's Dream" movie showing at 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m. with discussion, Russell Reid Auditorium
July 31: "Love's the Thing" performance by Capitol Shakespeare Children's Traveling Troupe, 2 p.m., Russell Reid Auditorium
A full schedule can be found at history.nd.gov/shakespeare.
The First Folio is the first complete collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, published in 1623, seven years after his death. Compiled by two of Shakespeare’s fellow actors, it preserves 36 of Shakespeare’s plays. Thanks to the First Folio, generations have experienced Shakespeare’s lasting influence on language, culture, theater, music, education, and more.
Admission to this exhibit and rest of the State Museum is free, seven days a week. The North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit history.nd.gov/shakespeare or contact Erik Holland, curator of education, at 701.328.2792.
Erik Holland, curator of education
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