We are delighted to welcome the esteemed Shakespeare Society to The Insights & Revelations Performance Series on October 1st.
Inside Shakespeare is one of our most popular programs, having previously presented Classic Stage Company in open rehearsals of The Merchant of Venice and Richard III, with Ron Leibman and Michael Cumpstly. Now we are eagerly anticipating an evening with The Shakespeare Society as they give us an inside look at Measure for Measure, starring Elisabeth Waterston (The Tempest opposite Mandy Patinkin, and Much Ado About Nothing opposite Sam Waterston), Randy Harrison (best known for his role as Justin Taylor on Showtime's "Queer As Folk" and Boq in Wicked), and Ezra Knight (Cymbeline, Lincoln Center). The evening will feature an open rehearsal of the play, directed by The Shakespeare Society's Artistic Director, Michael Sexton, with commentary by noted Shakespearean scholar Ruth Carpenter. As with all of our presentations, a discussion and reception with the artists will follow the performance.
As you can see from these photos of previous Shakespeare Society events, the Society features with some of the finest Shakespearean actors. Our presentation will be no exception when you witness Elisabeth Waterston, Randy Harrison, and Ezra Knight tackle, grapple, and play with Measure for Measure.
About the Shakespeare Society:
The Shakespeare Society presents entertaining and challenging programs that combine stage performances by outstanding actors with illuminating commentary by noted Shakespearean writers, scholars, and directors. Past participants have included F. Murray Abraham, Liev Schreiber, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Kathleen Chalfant, Michael Cumpsty, Jefferson Mays, Marcia Gay Harden, Patrick Stewart, Sir Peter Hall, Derek Jacobi, Philip Bosco, Ralph Fiennes, John Guare, and Clair Bloom. http://www.Shakespeare Society.org
Michael Sexton, Executive & Artistic Director, has directed world and New York premieres of plays by Marsha Norman, Rinne Groff, Ain Gordon, Rogelio Martinez, Victor Lodato, Phil Porter, Chloe Moss, Marin Gazzaniga, Caryl Churchill, Rosemary Moore, and Robert Clyman and workshops of plays by Tony Kushner. He has worked at New York Theater Workshop, the Public Theater, Manhattan Class Company, Soho Rep, PS122, Portland Center Stage, The Old Globe, Playmakers Rep, Rising Phoenix Rep, Cherry Lane Alternative, the Samuel Beckett Theater, and the Harold Clurman Theater, among others. He is a regular guest artist at NYU’s Graduate Acting Program (Zelda Fichandler, Chair), the JuilliardSchool (Michael Kahn, Chair), and most recently, Columbia University. He co-edited (with Tim Page) Four Plays by Dawn Powell for Steerforth Press.
Top left: Hamish Linklater and
Center right: Denis O'Hare & Martha Plimpton
Bottom Left: Artistic Director Michael Sexton
Photographer: Ellen Kelson