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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jerseys' Shakespeare LIVE!, Offers Exciting Family Performances

Rick Engler, Director of Marketing, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 • 4:42pm

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s acclaimed educational touring company, Shakespeare LIVE!, will present one-hour family performances of William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors and Romeo and Juliet on March 15 and 16 and April 13 at The Theatre’s Main Stage – the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue, at Lancaster Road, in Madison.   Tickets are $16 for adults which includes one free ticket for a child under age 18 with each ticket purchased. For tickets, call 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org Since 1997, Shakespeare LIVE! has presented more than 1,500 performances to more than a half a million young people at more than 750 schools and other venues throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and Connecticut. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Shakespeare LIVE! tour is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 

The March performances are part of The Stages Festival, a month-long, state-wide celebration of theatre and the performing arts.  The Stages Festival, a project of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, takes place each March and offers discounted and/or free tickets to performances, workshops and events statewide suitable for all age groups.    

One-hour family performances of Shakespeare’s popular comedy The Comedy of Errors will be held  Saturday, March 16 and Saturday, April 13 at 12 pm. at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre.    Shakespeare’s hilarious slapstick comedy springs to life in this brand new offering from Shakespeare LIVE!  Two sets of identical twins, mistaken identities, and colorful characters conspire to make this caper a thrill for students and adults alike.  The Comedy of Errors is appropriate for grades 3 and up. 

One-hour family performances of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet will be held Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 16 and April 13 at 2 p.m. at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre.  In Shakespeare’s classic tale, two idealistic teens are pitted against their privileged families and a society consumed with senseless hatred and brutality.  A lyric depiction of young love, Romeo and Juliet examines the effects of violence and the redeeming power of devotion and love.  Romeo and Juliet is appropriate for students in middle school and up.

Tickets are $16 for adults which includes one free ticket for a child under age 18 with each ticket purchased. For tickets to or more information about family performances of The Comedy of Errors and Romeo and Juliet, call the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s box office at 973-408-5600, or via email at Boxoffice@shakespeareNJ.org  or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org

Shakespeare LIVE!, celebrating its 17th season, travels to schools and other venues throughout the state and wider region with 60-minute versions of two of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.  To inquire about bringing Shakespeare LIVE! to your school or venue, call 973-845-6742or e-mail rworshinski@ShakespeareNJ.org.  

The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest presents Shakespeare for a New Generation.   The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is one of 42 professional theater companies selected to participate in Shakespeare for a New Generation, bringing the finest productions of Shakespeare to thousands of middle- and high-school students in communities across the United States.  This is the tenth year of Shakespeare for a New Generation, the largest tour of Shakespeare in American history. 

Funding for Shakespeare LIVE! is provided, in part, by The Turrell Fund, the MetLife Foundation, Investors Bank, Provident Bank Foundation, The Ambrose and Ida Fredrickson Foundation, and The John and Margaret Post Foundation. 

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s 2013 Main Stage season begins in late May and continues through December.   The season includes The Playboy of the Western World by J. M. Synge, Fallen Angels by Noël Coward, Tovarich by Jacques Deval and adapted from the French by Robert E. Sherwood, A Most Dangerous Woman by Cathy Tempelsman, Our Town by Thornton Wilder, and Pericles by William Shakespeare.

For its annual Outdoor Stage production at the Greek amphitheater at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morris Township, The Shakespeare Theatre will present Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It.

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