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Shakespeare talks presented online

Camden Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director
May 19, 2020
Stephen Legawiec directs Hamlet in 2019.

Camden — The Camden Public Library welcomes Camden Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Stephen Legawiec for a two-evening online discussion on the changing ways in which Shakespeare’s plays have been staged. “Part 1: Where There’s a Will There’s a Way” will take place Tuesday, June 9, at 6 p.m., and “Part 2: Living Will” will be on Thursday, June 11, at 6 p.m. ⁠— both via the Zoom meeting platform. Email to request a link to attend one or both of the presentations.

Part 1 of the series will explore how society in England and America shaped the way productions were presented. From tacking happy endings onto the tragedies, to rewriting the plays completely, Legawiec will look at how culture has shaped staging, with an emphasis on Western productions through the beginning of the twentieth century.

In Part 2 of the series, Legawiec puts an emphasis on how directors make Shakespeare’s plays accessible to a contemporary audience.

In his 30 years as a director, Stephen Legawiec has curated over 100 professional productions as well as directing over 75. Legawiec is the author of 30 plays. He is currently the artistic director of Camden Shakespeare Festival, a theatre he founded.

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