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role playing, and improvisation—is that the theater or
the holidays? On our podcast, we spoke with scholar
Erika T. Lin about the many holidays in Shakespeare's
time, when differences between festivities and theater
were far less clear than they are today.
Shakespeare Theater puts on an As You Like It
filled with Beatles songs (above) and the Atlanta
Shakespeare Theater continues its "Binge
Fest" of the plays. Online, the Shakespeare@ Home
audio productions take their cue from the classic age
of radio drama.
Leaves: An Improvisation in Poetry and Jazz
for Autumn Leaves, an extraordinary Folger program that
is available on demand starting this week and through June 30,
2022. Acclaimed jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut joins poets Kyle
Dargan and Lenard D. Moore for an intimate improvisation of
words and music, exploring the magic that materializes when
artists collaborate. In 2016, Chestnut also composed
"Father Time," in response to Sonnet 12, for the
Folger; he performed it again at the 2021 Folger Gala (below,
Leaves, the artists share their powerful compositions to
spark and inspire each other in a free style performance, which
is part reading, part concert. The evening concludes with a
discussion between Chestnut, Dargan, and Moore and Folger
Director of Programming Karen Ann Daniels, with Folger Director
by Folger Consort and the Folger's O.B. Hardison Poetry
Series, Autumn Leaves was recorded live at the
Arts Club of Washington, November 4, 2021. The O.B.
Hardison Poetry Series is pleased to partner with East City Bookshop,
an independently run, women-owned bookstore on Capitol Hill,
where you can purchase books by both poets. Pickup is available
at the shop, and it ships (almost) anywhere.
Image Credits: Illustration by Sherrill Cooper | The company
of “As You Like It,” adapted and directed by Daryl Cloran, at the
Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Photo: Liz Lauren. | From Left:
Cyrus Chestnut, Lenard D. Moore, Kyle Dargan. Photo by Jati