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Celebrate the Bard

Our annual Community Read program focuses on William Shakespeare and his works throughout the month of April. All branches will host events centered on this theme. We’ll also offer a series of special presentations and speakers.

A Night at the Globe, April 2, 6 p.m., Main Library downtown, 915 Monroe St.:
The Comic Science Improv group presents a night of improv fun with a Shakespearean twist. Audience members will provide the players with Shakespeare-themed suggestions for an on-the-spot performance.

“Antony and Cleopatra” in Glasgow, 1972: Shakespeare, Radical Drag, and the Citizens’ Theatre, April 7, 6 p.m., Bailey Cove Library, 1409 Weatherly Plaza:
Dr. Chad Thomas of the University of Alabama in Huntsville will present a lecture on cross-gender casting in Shakespearean productions after 1967. This trend in performance in the last 45 years has gotten extremely popular, which has special resonance because of its connection to original performance conditions.

“ ‘Draw if you be Men:’ An Introduction to Shakespeare's Theatrical Swordplay,” April 9, 3 p.m., Madison Library, 130 Plaza Blvd., Madison:
Dr. Hugh Long of Athens State University will present a lecture on swordplay in Shakespearean production, complete with stage props.

Fencing Demonstration, April 12, 1 p.m., Madison Library, 130 Plaza Blvd., Madison:
The Huntsville Fencing Club presents a rousing fencing demonstration to get us in the Shakespearean spirit.

"Shakespeare: What's in a Name?," April 23, 6 p.m., Main Library:
Dr. Jeffrey Nelson of the University of Alabama in Huntsville discusses Shakespeare himself, answering the questions "Is “Shakespeare” just a convenient way of referring to his works, or does our notion of an author shape how we read?  Is “Shakespeare” the result of our reading the plays themselves, or do we read the play with preconceived ideas of who wrote them?   Is “Shakespeare” an objective being we can construct from historical documents, or is this image a product of our own culture values?  So what are we talking about when we talk about “Shakespeare”?"

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We’re not the only ones celebrating Shakespeare in April. Academy for Academics and Arts students will present “Hamlet” on April 10-13 at Lee High School’s Black Box Theater. Find more info at the AAA website:


Monday, March 3, 2014 (All day) to Wednesday, April 30, 2014 (All day)