Shakespeare Festival at Tulane
Lupin Theatre | McWilliams Hall and Dixon Hall | Tulane University |
New Orleans | Box Office: 504.865.5105, extension 2 | www.NewOrleansShakespeare.com Artistic Director: Ron Gural
Associate Artistic Director: Jim Fitzmorris
Managing Director: Clare Moncrief
Operations Director: Brad Robbert
Founded in 1993, the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane is a professional theatre company in residence at Tulane University. Through an annual season of professional plays and arts-in-education outreach programming, this theatre company performs the works of William Shakespeare. During the other nine months of the year it provides outreach programming to area middle and high school students, reaching 4,000-5,000 each year.
The Festival was awarded Artistic Excellence grants by the National Endowment for the Arts for 2006 and 2007 and has received grants from the Shakespeare in American Communities Initiative of the NEA, coordinated through Arts Midwest, for the last four consecutive years. This summer the Festival presents its 15th season.
Mainstage productions are held in Tulane University’s Lupin Theatre; Lagniappe Stage productions are held in Tulane’s McWilliams Hall Lab Theatre. For updated times and dates, or to make reservations, call the Festival box office or visit the Web site.
the taming of the shrew | May 29-June 14. Set to the music of Louis Prima, a celebration of life, love and all things Italian-American in 1950’s New Orleans. Following a record-setting preview in January, Shrew returns, featuring Lorenzo Gonzalez and Rebecca Frank reprising their roles as Petrucchio and Kate. After two nights of previews, the show officially opens on May 31 and includes a post-show gala celebrating the Festival’s 15th season.
as you like it | June 26-July 12. In the magical forest of Arden, Rosalind must become a man to make a man of Orlando. Director Sean Patterson’s
re-imagining of Shakespeare’s popular comedy takes place in an urban park of the 1930’s filled with romance. It features the talents of local favorites Trina Beck, James Bartelle, and Lara Grice. The opening night performance on June 28 includes a post-show reception with the cast.
twelfth night | July 23-26. Our high school training program, All Things
Shakespeare!, presents a shipwreck, lost loves, and gender confusion … and that’s only the beginning. Twelfth Night gives us a world where everyone desires a person who doesn’t reciprocate and demonstrates why Shakespeare’s comedy of confusion is one of his most popular.
On the Lagniappe Stage, two new offerings:
mad wenches, and wondrous forward women | June 4-
July 16. A series of new plays by female playwrights exploring the world of Shakespeare and the age of Elizabeth I will be presented as readings.
what, has this thing appeared again tonight? | July 25-Aug. 2. The Thing has appeared again tonight. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, The NOLA Project Theatre Company, in a joint production with the Shakespeare Festival, returns to New Orleans in search of artistic inspiration born of disaster. Will they discover who, or what, The Thing is before it’s too late? Conceived, written and directed by the Festival’s Associate Artistic Director, Jim Fitzmorris.
The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane’s 15th Season is generously sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, Entergy Louisiana, The Lupin Foundation, The Darwin and Mary Jane Fenner Foundation, the Cahn Family Foundation, the Arts Council of New Orleans, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation, and Whitney Bank.