To Be Or Not To Be: Free Shakespeare Marathon!
Facing Page Productions presents the debut of Company’s Marathon, a nonstop, back-to-back reading of all of Shakespeare’s plays. The madness begins at 7 p.m. on April 16 and runs through 10 a.m. on April 20 at the 4th Street Theatre (83 East 4th Street) where you can discover your inner Cleopatra, Juliet or dare to utter the name of the Scottish play.
The play order has been curated by the Public Theater’s favorite iambic-spouting leading man André Braugher (also known for his role on “Law & Order: SVU”).
In addition to participation from the groundlings, celebrities will be on hand to lend their vocal prowess to the festivities, totaling hundreds of readers including aspiring actors, theater lovers and Shakespeare aficionados who will join in making this marathon a reality.
The non-stop, back-to-back reading of Shakespeare’s canon was founded in 1998 by Gordy Hoffman (brother to Academy Award-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman) and honors the work of one of our greatest and most celebrated playwrights.
In 1994, Gordy Hoffman founded Company, a Chicago-based experimental workshop that explored the creation of original text through the use of the voice and body. Through it, he created Company’s Marathon. The first Company’s Marathon took place on the north side of Chicago in 1996 and was held in Los Angeles from 1998 through 2004.
Members of the public are invited to sign up in advance at www.FacingPageProductions.com to take part in the readings as a performer alongside professional actors, making this marathon a truly unique interactive arts event. Audience reservations will be made available in advance online and the day of at the theater.
Enjoy this riveting excerpt of Kevin Kline, Dana Ivey in Hamlet.