We're a week out from Classical Actors Ensemble's The Complete Sonnets Festival at Intermedia Arts, but this could turn out to be a hot ticket. All 154 of Shakespeare's sonnets will be performed, in one form or another, at the festival, and the list of talent turning up is nothing short of stellar.
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Here's a sampler of artists appearing: Barbra Berlovitz
, Bain Boehlke
, Carlyle Brown
, Joe Chvala
, Christiana Clark
, Jon Ferguson
, Leif Jurgenson
, John Miller-Stephany
, Jennifer Baldwin Peden
, and Wade Vaughn
And that's just a more or less random sample. We have actors, people from the dance world, directors, multi-disciplinary performers, and just about every kind of stage artist in town. And they're each going to offer a distinctive take on some of the most sublime and sophisticated poetry in the English language.
The show is going to be broken up into two programs: one running Friday May 21, the second Saturday May 22. Both programs will run concurrently on Sunday May 23. The event is a start-up for the Ensemble, a new local company dedicated to producing works from the English Renaissance. This will be one hell of a kick-off.
The Complete Sonnets Festival runs May 21-23. All seats are $25 and can be bought here.