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Front Row Center

The Official E-Newsletter of Georgia Shakespeare                                                JULY 2011 

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In This Issue
Spotlight on JUNGLE BOOK
Visit the Globe... at your local cinema!
Associate Artists' Corner
Education Spotlight: Performances by young Shakespeareans
Critics call The Tempest "dazzling" and Antony and Cleopatra "opulent"
The reviews are in for this summer's Shakespeare Repertory, and the word is good.  Get your tickets now to catch these two spellbinding shows.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Wendell Brock  calls The Tempest "elegantly told and lovely to look at,"  particularly commending actor Neal A. Ghant'sNeal A Ghant and Bruce Evers portrayal of Caliban, whose "performance sails off into a dimension all its own."

Arts Critic ATL's Pierre Ruhe says that The Tempest is "a fun and often funny show, with a few tremendously effective portrayals, a band of shimmering sexy sprites and a set modeled after a bowerbird'sChris Kayser and Carolyn Cook nest (designed by Tyler Tunney)."  Along with Ghant's Caliban, Ruhe calls Chris Kayser's Ariel "memorable, just-right casting."

In his review of Antony and Cleopatra for Arts Critic ATL, Wendell Brock says "this production takes off like a rocket to the moon." He calls Tess Malis Kincaid's Cleopatra "regal." 

Tess Malis Kincaid"As a woman of infinite variety and insatiable lust, Kincaid gives a smartly drawn performance."

Meanwhile, Creative Loafing's Curt Holman states that Chris Kayser and Tess Malis Kincaid live up to image of larger-than-life lovers -

The 2011 Shakespeare Repertory runs on a rotating schedule through July 23 along with productions of The Jungle BookGet your tickets now or check out the calendar of events at our website.

For details, contact our Box Office at 404.504.1473.

Pictured above: 1)Neal A. Ghant and Bruce Evers. 2)Chris Kayser and Carolyn Cook. 3) Tess Malis Kincaid.  All photos by Bill DeLoach.

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Official Picnic Partners
of the 2011 Season.


Order your pre-show dinner
and have it waiting for you at
Georgia Shakespeare.


Georgia Shakespeare wishes  

to thank our 2011 sponsors

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Southern Company

The Community Foundation

The Kendeda Fund


The Tempest Sponsor


Callner Portnoy Strawser

The Tempest
Media Sponsors     

Reporter Newspapers BOA

The Jungle Book Sponsors

Atlanta Parent

Family 2 Family


with additional
support from 


the official optometrist of

Georgia Shakespeare

 Dr. Alan L. Hymowitz at

Eye Haven 


Georgia Shakespeare's Wine Sponsor

pour wine market


Sponsor of the Georgia Shakespeare/Oglethorpe University Shakespeare Scholars

English Speaking Union


The Georgia Shakespeare
Summer Acting Intern Program
is made possible

through the generous support of

Jennifer Garner
and Benjamin Affleck

The Will Power Ensemble
is made possible
through the generous support of

The Goizueta Foundation




We hope that you are staying cool in this Hotlanta heat!

The 2011 Summer Festival is going full-steam-ahead, with Shakespeare's The Tempest and Antony and Cleopatra currently running in repertory.  Early next week we add our Family Classics Series production of The Jungle Book to the mix before heading into Noises Off to round out the Summer Festival.

In this edition of Front Row Center, we will shine the spotlight on The Jungle Book, tell you about how you can experience Shakespeare's Globe Theater without even leaving Atlanta, and introduce you to some young people both here and across the country who are demonstrating the great importance of arts education.

Have a safe and wonderful Indepence Day, and we hope to see you at the theatre soon.  As always, thanks for being a part of Georgia Shakespeare.


Season Spotlight: THE JUNGLE BOOK
The Jungle BookBeginning in 2006 with its inaugural production Treasure Island, Georgia Shakespeare's Family Classic Series has fast become an Atlanta summer tradition.  With this year's Family Classic, however, we are aiming to add an extra something special.

The Jungle Book will feature the same beloved characters and scenes of Rudyard Kipling's classic tale about a boy raised in the wild of the Indian jungle, set to music.

Written by April-Dawn Gladu and Daniel Levy and originally commissioned by Orlando Shakespeare, this musical adaptation of young Mowgli's adventures features music played on traditional Indian instruments and an array of fun, catchy songs sung live on stage to which audience members are bound to catch themselves singing along.

The Jungle Book

Kyle Brumley as Mowgli and Cordell Cole as Shere Khan. (Bill DeLoach)

The Jungle Book features members of both the Will Power Ensemble as well as the Summer Acting Intern Comapnay.  If you have seen a Georgia Shakespeare performance - or an Oglethorpe University Theatre performance  - you will recognize a number of the faces under the animal masks on stage.  Interns Kyle Brumley and Cordell Cole star as the story's main hero Mowgli and his foe, Shere Khan. 

The show also features interns Jordan Craig and Elizabeth Lanier, and Will Power's Ann Marie Gideon, Brian Harrison, Casey Hoekstra, and Caitlin McWethy.
The Jungle Book opens July 6, with a preview performance July 5 at 10:00 a.m.  Special evening performances on Tuesday, July 12 and 19 at 7:00 p.m. Single tickets are on sale starting at $13.  Visit or call the Box Office at 404.264.0020 to purchase or for more information.

$50,000 in 50 Days

The TempestYou can play an important role in Georgia Shakespeare's future by participating in our $50,000 in 50 days challenge. We want to raise $50,000 by the close of our 2011 Summer Festival Season on August 14. All gifts made to our annual fund will count towards this goal.


Shakespeare RepGet a sneak peak at the Shakespeare Repertory

with our video trailer.


Now on YouTube & our home page at 


Visit London's GLOBE from the comfort of your favorite cinema!
Shakespeare's Globe London Cinema Series in Theaters

This summer and fall the Globe Theatre in London is spanning international waters to find its way to local movie theaters nationwide. NCM Fathom, Globe Theatre and Arts Alliance Media bring four classical Shakespeare plays stateside, allowing you to experience them as though you're a 'wooden O' audience member of 400 years ago. Whether you imagine yourself a groundling in the yard or the upper class in the gallery, these performances are filled with nostalgic charm.

The first film in the series, The Merry Wives of Windsor, took place on June 27.  Georgia Shakespeare was on site at the Regal Cinema Perimeter Pointe with information about the Summer Festival, a ticket giveaway and more.

Join the Globe for the Remaining Films in this Special Series:

Monday, August 1st - Henry IV Part 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 18th - Henry IV Part 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 15th - Henry VIII at 6:30 p.m.

Catch the series at these Atlanta-area theaters:

REGAL Perimeter Pointe 10
REGAL Hollywood 24 @ North I-85
REGAL Augusta Exchange 20 (AUGUSTA)

You'll also learn about the Globe's history, from its emergence in 1599 to the structure's fatal blaze in 1613 and its reconstruction during the 1990s. Other additional footage includes the work of the Globe today and a behind-the-scenes look at each production with interviews from the actors and creative team involved.

Visit to purchase your tickets and become part of London. Embed yourself in Elizabethan-era English middle-class life, rebellion and power struggles.

Look for Georgia Shakespeare at one or more of these local showings.  Appearances to be announced.


Associate Artists' Corner

Macbeth: a NovelThe Tempest dramaturg and Associate Artist Andrew J. Hartley, along with David Hewson, has authored an exciting novelization of Macbeth as an audio book just released from this past week, read by Alan Cumming.
Will Power, A.J. Hartley
While you're there, check out the audio versions of Andrew's other novels, including his latest, Will Power, the continuation of his light-hearted fantasy adventures about a Renaissance actor, which is narrated by fellow Associate Artist Jonathan Davis.


Shrew the MusicalIf you loved last summer's hit Shrew: the Musical - also known as Crazy Love - than you may want to check out writer/director and Associate Artist John Briggs' new website  There you can peruse the numerous titles John has adapted into fun, musical styles with some of his favorite collaborators.  The site features photos, video clips, even an outlet to purchase scripts and licenses for productions!   

KlimchakOn stage around town: Catch Associate Artist and Antony and Cleopatra composer Klimchak performing as part of Theatrical Outfit's summer concerts series July 28 at 7:30 p.m.  This solo performance is one of several concerts featuring local Atlanta musicians on stage at The Balzer Theater at Herren's this summer.  Tickets are just $15 and can be purchased at their website.  Check out their monthly newsletter for more.

Education Spotlight:
Young Shakespeareans take the stage!

Shakespeare Conservatory Performance
Saturday, August 6, 2011

Mark your calendars for an outstanding performance by some phenomenal young thespians.

Students in Georgia Shakespeare's High School Conservatory won't begin the program until July 26, but this two-week intensive training will culminate in a final performance on August 6 that has become a highlight of our Summer Education series.

High School ConservatoryTraining in everything from text and voice to fight choreography, these outstanding high school actors and actresses bring all of their training together with various scenes from Shakespeare's cannon for a one-hour presentation on the Conant stage that has to be seen to be believed.

Join us Saturday afternoon, August 6, and watch as a new generation of Shakespearean performers get a moment in the spotlight.

Details are available at our website or contact Education Director Allen O'Reilly at 404.504.3401 or send an email for more details.
Shakespeare High


Shakespeare HighShakespeare High is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of a group of teenagers in Southern California who find a place to belong within their high-school drama program and are determined to succeed in the 90th Annual DTASC (Drama Teachers Association of Southern California) Shakespeare Competition. Theater has become their inspiration; a reason to strive and overcome adversity. The film features their stories of how the arts enriches their lives amidst personal troubles, including poverty, violence, gangs, drugs, absentee parents, as well as the troubles and hardships of adolescence.

Through Shakespeare, these students are able to find community; they discover passion, drive, and confidence to pursue their dreams and dictate the course of their lives.

The creators of Shakespeare High are a group of educators and film professionals who strongly believe every child in every school has the right to a well-rounded education, of which the arts are an essential ingredient, and whose vision for the project is to inspire and propel educators, policy makers, students, citizens, foundations, and private sector funders to systemically change the American educational system and continuously fund the arts.  Decades of research has shown consistent links between academic and personal success and high-quality arts education and we hope to use this film to illustrate the positive impact and necessity of arts education in our schools.

You can help support the project by visiting Shakespeare High's IndieGoGo page. 

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