Wednesday, October 12, 2011

ACTORS SHAKESPEARE COMPANY AT NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY BEGINS A NEW PROGRAM OF “SHAKESPEARE ON SCREEN,” FAMOUS FILMS BY GREAT FILMMAKERS

Shakespeare-on-Screen.jpgRICHARD III

WHEN: Sunday, October, 23, at 3 PM
WHERE: the lecture hall of Grossnickle Building Room 144 on the campus of New Jersey City University, Jersey City
TICKETS: Free and open to the campus and community. Donations will be accepted.
For further information call 201.200.2390 or visit www.ascnj.org.

Actors Shakespeare Company at New Jersey City University, a professional theatre company-in-residence at the University, will offer a free screening of the classic film of William Shakespeare’s Richard III, directed and performed by Laurence Olivier and a star-studded cast.

ASC’s Resident Artists will host the event with a pre-screening discussion. Refreshments will be served.

shakespeareonscreen-final-page-001Richard III was produced and directed by the great English stage actor Sir Laurence Olivier, who also played the lead role. It featured three other beknighted English actors, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph Richardson, and is one of 3 Shakespeare plays that was made for film by Olivier and it earned him an Academy Award nomination. “This will be fun,” said ASC Resident Artist Michael Hajek, who will be hosting and conducting a post-screening discussion. “It’s always fun to explore the history of the making of a movie and what went on behind-the-scenes. There will be time to tell some anecdotes.”

The Shakespeare on Screen series is made possible with the support of ASC Resident Artist James Rana, who will also attend the screening. Mr. Rana researched the availability of certain Shakespeare-based movies. Besides Richard III, he announced the screening of Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood, a reimagining of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in feudal Japan, on February 12, 2012, 3 PM

“We are sharing our love of the work of great filmmakers and our passion for Shakespeare with the community, and we’re doing it in a way where we can get to know our community better. We hope to generate an interesting discussion about the movies,” said Mr. Rana.

“The screenings are one of many different ways for Resident Artists to interact with our audience and find new audiences,” said Colette Rice, Producing Artistic Director of ASC at NJCU, who recently returned from the Bayonne waterfront, where ASC performed to a new audience. “The programs are part of our efforts to build arts participation in the communities of Hudson County.”

ASC at NJCU officially became the University’s theatrical company-in-residence in 2008, making NJCU only the fourth institution of higher education in New Jersey to be affiliated with a professional theatre company. The collaboration between the company, which is in its twelfth season, and NJCU began in 2005. Since that time, NJCU and ASC at NJCU have partnered to present professional classical theatre to both the NJCU and wider Jersey City communities and NJCU faculty and students have been regularly involved in ASC productions and workshops.

ASC at NJCU works through the NJCU Foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, and is supported in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, New Jersey City University, and contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations.