This weekend and next weekend is the Santa Fe Summer Shakespeare festival—a performed reading of Shakespeare’s contemporary; Romeo and Juliet; an artist’s drawing event; a workshop in Shakespeare’s language; community readings.
The Knight of the Burning Pestle
7 p.m., Saturday, June 8
The Knight of the Burning Pestle, written by Francis Beaumont in about 1607. Directed by Karen Machon.
The ISC’s Long Dead But Well Read series produces performed readings of the works of Shakespeare’s contemporaries. Actors meet in the morning, rehearse all day, and perform for you that evening, script in hand.
This play, The Knight of the Burning Pestle, is a town comedy in which the audience is expecting to watch a play called The London Merchant, but a Citizen Grocer in the audience and his wife demand that their apprentice, Rafe, be included as an actor, and in ever larger parts, necessitating that the plot develop as it moves along.
When a young Noël Coward starred as Rafe in this play in London’s West End in 1920, The Times called it “the jolliest thing in London.”
See it this Saturday! June 8 • 7 p.m. • $15 at the door
The drawing session features two models in Shakespearean costume. One model will take a one-hour pose while the other model takes a two-hour pose. You choose which model you want to draw, or change models during any 5-minute break.
Poses start promptly at 6:30 p.m., so please arrive early enough to choose a spot and set up.
A great workshop for readers, actors, teachers, students, and anyone who wants to look more closely at Shakespeare’s language.
With a Ph.D. in Interpretation focused on Shakespeare’s language, Benedetti offers a unique approach to understanding how the Bard’s language supports and enhances meaning and emotion.
10 a.m. to noon: The morning session lays out principles of rhythm, sound, imagery, and structure.
1 pm. to 3 p.m.: The afternoon session applies these principles to scenes taken from plays being performed in the Santa Fe Summer Shakespeare festival.
The sessions are $15 each if taken individually, or $25 for both.If taking both sessions, bring a bag lunch or visit the nearby Rufina Taproom for lunch. We will provide drinks and light snacks throughout the day.
And of course we have four different reading groups that anyone can drop in on. Come to read aloud or just listen and discuss! Robin Williams facilitates Henry the Fourth, Part One; Romeo and Juliet;and Measure for Measure in the Shakespeare Reading Room; and Barry Hatfield leads Much Ado About Nothing at the La Farge Library. Please see the SFSS calendar for details.
You can help make Santa Fe a destination for Shakespeare and a festival worthy of international attention!