Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Announces the 2017 PROJECT38 Festival Featuring 38+ Student Shakespeare Events, Workshops, and Performances – now with Shakespeare’s Globe!

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CINCINNATI, OH, March 30, 2017 –  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is pleased to continue their groundbreaking arts education initiative titled PROJECT38 with the public FREE PROJECT38 Festival!  CSC teaching artists have spent over 250 hours this school year working with over 1,600 students at more than 45 different schools to bring each of Shakespeare’s 38 plays to life in creative ways.  On April 20-23, 2017 all of the Cincinnati community will get to experience these amazing performances at a weekend-long free festival in downtown Cincinnati!  Running from Thursday, April 20 and concluding on Sunday April 23 (Shakespeare’s birthday), Memorial Hall will be full of 45 hours of free arts events for the entire community! Additional free Performances and Workshops will occur in Washington Park on Sunday April 23, in celebration of the Bard’s birthday. Last year, the PROJECT38 Festival drew over 5,000 people to OTR.

Student Performances will run in blocks from 9:00am-5:30pm and present Shakespeare through every medium imaginable: dance, computer animation, snap chats, dramatic adaptations, visual art, puppet shows, and much more! These performances will give students the chance to perform in Memorial Hall’s newly renovated theater. Director of Creative Education and PROJECT38 Artistic Director, Jeremy Dubin said “This year we are working with more schools than ever before, well beyond the 38 we originally envisioned (we’d change the name of the project, but, you know, we already had the t-shirts). We are seeing a wider variety of mediums than ever before, from traditional performance, to music, to dance, to visual art and make-up design (on display in the PROJECT38 Gallery), to a feature-length Shakespeare film!”.  All performance are free and opens to the public.

GLOBE Workshops and Performances: Mr. Dubin continues to say “most exciting of all, PROJECT38 has gone international. While we unhesitatingly aver that our Teaching Artists are the best in the city, we would never be so presumptuous as to claim they’re the best in the world. So we’ve brought in the best in the world. CSC has partnered with none other than Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. The Globe was incredibly excited when they learned about PROJECT38, and this past fall sent out two of their practitioners to run a series of workshops for our P38 Teachers and Teaching Artists, equipping them with knowledge, insight and exercises to take with them into the classroom throughout the year.  The experience was simply too amazing not to share, and so during this year’s festival we will have two more Globe practitioners in residence, running workshops for students, teachers, and even interested members of the public. Exciting, right? But wait, there’s more! One of the practitioners is also an official Globe Storyteller, and throughout the festival will be giving Storytelling performances of some of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays.” 

PROJECT38 Festival Schedule
All Performances and free and open to the public

Thursday 4/20/17

  • 9-11:30am  School Performances (Memorial Hall Main Stage)
  • 12-2:30pm  School Performances (Memorial Hall Main Stage)
  • 3-5:30pm    School Performances (Memorial Hall Main Stage)
  • 6-8:30pm         School Performances (Memorial Hall Main Stage)

Friday 4/21/17

  • 9-11:30am  School Performances (Memorial Hall Main Stage)
  • 12-2:30pm  School Performances (Memorial Hall Main Stage)
  • 3-5pm         School Performances (Memorial Hall Main Stage)
  • 8-9pm         The Globe Storytelling Presentation The Tempest  (Memorial Hall Main Stage) 

Saturday 4/22/17

  • 9-11:30am  School Performances (Memorial Hall Main Stage)
  • 12-2:30pm  School Performances (Memorial Hall Main Stage)
  • 3-5:30pm    School Performances (Memorial Hall Main Stage)
  • 6-7pm         The Globe Storytelling Presentation Macbeth (Memorial Hall Main Stage)
  • 7:00pm       Miami University Hamilton screening of film Cymbeline  (Memorial Hall Main Stage) 

Sunday 4/23/17

  • 9-11am       Screening of Student Projects (Memorial Hall Main Stage)
  • 11-12pm     The Globe Storytelling Presentation The Tempest (Washington Park Civic Lawn)
  • 12-2:30pm  School Performances (Memorial Hall Main Stage)
  • 2-3pm         The Globe Storytelling Presentation Twelfth Night (Washington Park Civic Lawn)
  • 3-5:30pm    School Performances (Memorial Hall Main Stage)

For information about how to support or get involved with PROJECT 38, please contact Kristen Race, PROJECT38 Coordinator at kristen.race@cincyshakes.com or 513.381.2273 ext. 3210, or visit www.cincyshakes.com.

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About Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for audiences of all ages.  Currently located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, CSC produces a dozen mainstage productions each season. In the summer of 2017, the theater will relocate to the Otto M. Budig Theater, a brand new facility in OTR. CSC’s repertoire is made up of the works of William Shakespeare, literary adaptations, and contemporary classics. CSC performs on a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors’ Equity Association. Cincinnati Shakespeare is a member of the Theater Communications Group and the Shakespeare Theater Association.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Education and Outreach Programs reached over 50,000 young people and underserved community members each season by taking Shakespeare into schools, parks, community centers and by hosting educational matinees of mainstage productions.  In 2015, CSC was proud to become one of the first five theaters in the United States to “Complete the Canon” by producing all 38 plays by William Shakespeare. CSC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to be Cincinnati’s stage for the classics!

About The 2016-2017 Season:
This season is generously sponsored by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company receives operating support from The Ohio Arts Council, the Shubert Foundation and is supported, in part, by the generosity of thousands of individuals and businesses that give annually to ArtsWave. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program/organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Production dates and information on the season are available online at http://www.cincyshakes.com.

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