a 36-hour whirlwind of Shakespeare

BEGINS: 7am April 25, 2017
ENDS: 7pm April 26, 2017

Yes, 36 hours of programming, completely free.  The doors are open and the coffee is on, so come on in! Come, go, perform, read, talk, exercise, donate! It's all part of Give Local, 2017.  For the schedule of events, see below...

Please donate to Shakesperience during Give Local 2017!  
Program of Events coming soon!


Here's what we did last year:

Shakespeare-a-thon Menu, 2016

7-9am Kick Off:  Music, coffee, tea, and scones, plus special guest poet Peter Mulholland demonstrates how to write a sonnet.
9am-12pm Student Shakespeare: Waterbury Arts Magnet School performs!  Their show includes Twelfth Night, directed by Emily Mattina & Scott Schulte.
12-1pm Gulliver’s Travels:  Join the Shakesperience team for a selection from one of their most acclaimed performances. Students from Roger Sherman School (Meriden) attending!
Folklore Interactive Workshop:  Come take part in this engaging workshop on Folklore from around the world. 
2-3pm Shakespeare Interactive Workshop: Join us during this hour and participate in Shakespeare scenes!  This workshop has taken CT by storm since 1996.
Waterbury Interactive Spring Tour Preview:  Sneak a peek at one of our greatest programs, Waterbury Interactive: Our Neighborhoods, Our City. Original script and lyrics created by students working together with adults from OLLI and the Palace Ambassadors.
4-5pm Shakesperience Music:  Join us for pre-dinner music by Doug Donato, composer of original music for more than six Shakesperience productions.
Dinner with Shakespeare: Enjoy watching and participating in the Bard’s banquet scenes…complete with pizza! 6-7pm Julius Caesar:  Shakesperience resident actors perform their Spring 2016 touring production of Julius Caesar
Two Gentlemen and a Workshop:  Watch and participate as our actors and musicians sample for you this summer’s outdoor show: Two Gentlemen of Verona!
Mind, Body, and Good Articulation!:  Perform yoga and meditation while listening to original pronunciation of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets.
Shakespeare/Marlowe: This original work depicts a call and response relationship of two playwrights.  Don't miss the reading of our latest signature production.


Sonnets by Candlelight:  Finally cross “Read all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets” off your bucket list after this audience-participatory reading. Every. Single. Sonnet. Led by Artistic Director Emily Mattina.
Rosencrantz and…Frankenstein?:  Be the first to see a workshop of a new play by one of Shakesperience’s talented young playwrights!
History Plays with Resident Actors:  Come play through a weaving of the history plays as created by one of our up-and-coming resident artists. Tea and scones will be served. 
The Prince & The Pauper: Join us (and preschoolers from the Greater Waterbury Y) as we perform this classic.  
Julius Caesar: Students from St. Timothy’s Middle School (West Hartford) work on their production of Julius Caesar
Improv & lunch:  Bring your lunch and do some improvisation with our talented company members.
1-2 pm
The Bard as Businessman & Death of A Salesman: Join a conversation about how Shakespeare was actually a pretty good businessman, complete with a reading by students of The Enlightenment School (Waterbury) of Death of a Salesman
Math & Technical Theatre:  Jeffrey Lapham, Executive Director, discusses the importance of mathematics in technical theatre.
A Candle in the Dark:  Edith Reynolds, co-owner of the John Bale Book Company, discusses volunteerism and the urban frontier.
Shakespeare & Science:  Bryan Baker, local science teacher, discusses the science in Shakespeare’s plays with Artistic Director Emily Mattina. 
Two Gentlemen, Take Two!:  Students from our Saturday Acting Intensives present their final performance:  Two Gentlemen of Verona!
Final countdown party!  Everyone is welcome to join in the final countdown of Give Local 2016. Light refreshments will be served.