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Lit Fest 2016 - The Year of Shakespeare

Join us on April 20th at Memorial Union to celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare!

Events begin at 4:00P.M. including a performance from the Young Shakespeare Players, crafting with Wheelhouse Studios and presentations from the Artistic Directors of the American Players Theatre (APT). The Distinguished Lecture Series is also hosting a presentation from actress, playwright and professor Anna Deavere Smith. The night ends with the final, special edition of WUD Publications' monthly spoken word, poetry and prose open mic, Lit After Dark.

Schedule of events:

  • 4:00-5:00P.M. Lit Fest 2016 begins with a performance from Madison’s own Young Shakespeare Players. The performance will feature a selection of scenes from a variety of Shakespeare's plays, including but not limited to, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Winter's Tale. This event will be on the 2nd floor of Memorial Union in the Frederic March Play Circle. Doors open at 3:30
  • 5:00-7:00P.M. Head downstairs to the Festival Room (lower level of Memorial Union) at any time throughout the night to learn more about how an American Players Theatre play comes together--from designing and building costumes and props to casting to rehearsals to performance with APT's interactive display. You can also record a short video as part of the international We Are Shakespeare Digital Video Festival and tell the world what Shakespeare means to you.
  • 5:00-6:00P.M. Shakespeare quote panel making with Wheelhouse Studios in the lower level of Memorial Union. Stop on by anytime from 5-6
  • 5:30-6:30P.M. “Why Shakespeare?” discussion in the Play Circle. Join American Players Theatre‘s Artistic Director Brenda DeVita and Associate Artistic Director Carey Cannon for a wide-ranging conversation about APT. How does a Shakespeare theater in the middle of the Wisconsin woods not only survive but thrive for 37 years? Why is classical theater, especially Shakespeare, still relevant today? What’s APT’s secret to making Shakespeare accessible to a wide audience? What’s coming up in the 2016 season? 
  • 7:30-8:30P.M. Distinguished Lecture Series presents: An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith. This event is in Shannon Hall, doors open at 7:00
  • 9:00-10:00P.M. Lit Fest 2016 will conclude with Lit After Dark in the Play Circle. Join us for this spoken-word open mic event sponsored by Illumination Journal, UW Flash Fiction, WUD Publications, Madison Undergraduate Society for English (MUSE), The Madison Review and WUD Music. This event includes a performance by Fade In, a student screenwriting group, and there will be a sonnet contest - bring your best piece to share! 


Make sure to RSVP on Facebook.

Interested in finding out more about The Year of Shakespeare? Check out the UW-Libraries website to learn more.

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