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  • Date: March 4, 2005
    Media Contact: Steve Simon, 301-251-7952; Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970

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    Montgomery College to Host Shakespeare Festival, March 14–19
    ‘WillPower!’ Features Master Classes, Performances, Lectures, Workshops
    at Rockville, Takoma Park Campuses

    Montgomery College will present “WillPower,” a six-day festival of master classes, performances, lectures, workshops, and exhibits that celebrate the world of author William Shakespeare.  Events, which are free and open to the public, will be held Monday, March 14 to Saturday, March 19, at the College’s Rockville and Takoma Park Campuses.

     

    Some of the week’s highlights will include:

    WillPower! Opening Ceremonies—Monday, March 14, at 1 p.m.

    Humanities Amphitheatre, next to the Humanities Building, Rockville Campus

    (Rain/snow location: Theatre Arts Arena, Theatre Arts Building)

    The six-day festival will begin with an opening celebration that will highlight Shakespeare’s contributions to the arts and humanities.  Actors will be dressed in traditional Shakespearean costumes. 

               

    Performance—“Measure for Measure”—Tuesday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m.

    Theatre Arts Arena, Theatre Arts Building, Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street

    The Virginia-based Shenandoah Shakespeare Express (SSE) will perform “Measure for Measure,” which examines the nature of absolute power and the power of absolution.  SSE takes a fresh, energetic approach to Shakespeare by remaining true to the performance conventions of his time, but giving his works a contemporary flair.

     

    • Lecture—Hung be the Heavens with Black: A Historical Retrospective on Who Owns Shakespeare—Tuesday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m., Takoma Park Campus

    Room 103, Communications Arts Center, Chicago Avenue, Takoma Park

     

    Wednesday, March 16, at 2 p.m., Rockville Campus

    Theatre Arts Arena, Theatre Arts Building, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville

    Dr. Marvin McAllister, author of a book on the African Grove Theatre Company, will discuss the contributions of the company, the first African-American theatre company in the United States, to the increasingly multicultural approach to producing Shakespeare.

     

    Performance—“Twelfth Night”—Wednesday, March 16, at 10 a.m.

    Theatre Arts Arena, Theatre Arts Building, Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street

    Shenandoah Shakespeare Express (SSE) will perform “Twelfth Night,” one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.  The comedy uses both slapstick, irony, and gender-bending to show love in all its guises and disguises.

     

    Lecture--Shakespeare by the Numbers—Wednesday, March 16, at 4 p.m.

    Theatre Arts Arena, Theatre Arts Building, Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street

    Montgomery College Math Professor Florence Ashby will explore Shakespeare’s use of mathematics in his two plays, “Measure for Measure” and “Twelfth Night.”

     

    Workshop—Sound and the Fury: Exploring Shakespeare’s Text Through Sound and Movement

    Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m., Takoma Park Campus

    Room 103, Communications Arts Center, Chicago Avenue, Takoma Park

     

    Friday, March 18, at 10 a.m., Rockville Campus

    Theatre Arts Arena, Theatre Arts Building, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville

    Professors Celia Madeoy and Sasha Olinick will present this interactive workshop.

     

    Lecture/Demonstration—Shakespeare’s Poetry: Diction, Imagery, Meter and Sound

    Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m.

    Theatre Arts Arena, Theatre Arts Building, Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street

    Cam Magee, a member of the Folger Library’s education team and director for Bill’s Buddies, will teach an interactive workshop on Shakespeare’s language, unlocking the power and beauty of his words through an examination of his use of poetry and sound.

     

    Workshop—Nobilita di Dame: Dances of the Renaissance

    Thursday, March 17, at 11 a.m., Rockville Campus

    Theatre Arts Arena, Theatre Arts Building, 51 Mannakee Street

     

    Thursday, March 17, at 1 p.m., Takoma Park Campus

    Room 103, Communication Arts Center, Chicago Avenue, Takoma Park

    Renee Camus’ Centuries Historical Dance Company, a professional performance troupe dedicated to recreating and presenting period social dances, will demonstrate dances of the Renaissance and describe how the social climate influenced their development.

     

    Support for “WillPower!” was provided by The Webber Family Foundation and the Maryland Humanities Council.  Additional support was provided by Montgomery College’s Department of Speech, Dance, Theatre, and ASL; the Department of English Composition, Literature, and Professional Writing; the Department of Fine, Performing, and Visual Arts; the Department of the Humanities; and the Office of Student Life.

               

    For a detailed schedule of “WillPower!” events, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu and look under “Hot Topics.”  For more information about “WillPower!” or the Montgomery College theatre program, call 301-279-5250.

     

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    PHOTO EDITORS - a high-resolution image to accompany this story:
    willpower03.jpg - Professional actors teach students about stage combat at a WillPower! Workshop in 2003.

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