James Bond to Direct Macbeth for the Southern Shakespeare Festival May 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Southern Shakespeare Company is thrilled to bring guest director James Alexander Bond to direct our 2019 FREE Shakespeare in the Park production of Macbeth.

From New York to England and regionally across America, James has directed over 200 productions, including over two thirds of Shakespeare’s canon, numerous musicals and many new works. Among his Shakespeare directing credits are The Merry Wives of Windsor for the Pearl Theatre Company in New York, Twelfth Night for Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Othello and Coriolanus for the New York Public Libraries, King Lear, The Tempest, Richard III, Henry V, Henry IV parts 1 and 2, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, and Julius Caesar for Richmond Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew and The Comedy of Errors for the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and Much Ado about Nothing for MaineStage Shakespeare, As You Like It for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and Macbeth for the Hollywood Boulevard Theatre.

In 2012, Mr. Bond set a personal record with five separate productions running concurrently in four different states. James has taught directing, playwriting, acting, comic improv, scene study, theatre history, musical theatre, Shakespeare, and audition technique and preparation. He has held key directing and production positions on a number of independent feature films. James holds a BFA from Ithaca College and a MFA in Directing from the University of California at Davis and is a professor of theatre at Broward College. He is a member in good standing with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), a national theatrical and labor union. To see more about his work visit his website: NYCdirector.com

For more information, contact Southern Shakespeare Company’s Executive Director Laura W. Johnson at laura@southernshakes.org

‘The Beastmaster’s’ Marc Singer will play ‘Macbeth’ for Southern Shakespeare Festival

“Something wicked this way comes,” the cursed Scottish king once said, but what does he know?

Actor-director Marc Singer, of “The Beastmaster” (1982) fame, will play the starring role when Southern Shakespeare presents its next festival play, the tragedy “Macbeth,” in Cascades Park next spring.

Singer is best known for playing the bare-chested Beastmaster on the big screen and regular roles on such TV shows as “V.” The actor also won the L.A. Drama Critics Award for playing Petruchio in Shakepeare’s comedy “The Taming of the Shrew.”

“Marc is a friend of our previous special guest artist, Renee O’Connor, who graciously connected me to his agent,” actress and Southern Shakespeare executive director Laura Johnson said in an email on Monday. “I had seen clips from Mr. Singer’s stage performance in ‘Taming of the Shrew’ years earlier and was completely blown away. He is such an accomplished Shakespearean actor.”

The 70-year-old Singer will first visit Tallahassee in the fall, tentatively Oct. 25 through 28, to show “Beastmaster,” give a Q&A with fans, hold a masterclass with TCC students, meet locals during an evening that includes a scotch tasting, screen a different version of “Macbeth” and more. 

A few years ago, Singer’s sister, actress Lori Singer (“Footloose”), visited Florida State Film School. They hail from an artistic family and their father is a classical-music conductor.

In the past, the Southern Shakespeare company has presented “As You Like It” and “Romeo & Juliet.” It’s free and open to the public.

For more information, read this article at Tallahassee.com

Thank You Leon County School Board

What an incredible year it has been for the Southern Shakespeare Company already!

With the loss of state funds previously used to help support our education outreach in our Leon County schools, there was tremendous uncertainty about the ability for Southern Shakespeare to continue to provide our free workshops, intensives, productions, and bring Shakespeare Man and Sonnet Man to our Leon County School students.

However, the Leon County School Board voted unanimously to continue our K-12 program in the Leon County Schools and we could not wait another moment to say THANK YOU to the Superintendent and School Board for continuing to support our education programs.

We are so appreciative of the opportunities Southern Shakespeare has enjoyed in partnering with the Leon County School Board and we are proud to be marching together into a bright new year!

For a sampling of what Southern Shakespeare Company brings to our classrooms, watch our video here . . .

The education programming we provide to our Leon County School students, in the classroom and through our after-school programs, is another piece of our year-round educational programming and mission which includes training young artists through our junior acting troupe (The Bardlings) and apprenticeship opportunities through our Mainstage Company.

We are so grateful for the Leon County School Board and community support
and can’t wait to get the new year started!

‘Romeo and Juliet’ has romance, humor, sorrow and really great sword fighting

Jillian Fry and Nick Erlandson
Special to Tallahassee Democrat

Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy of love, loss and miscommunication, “Romeo and Juliet,” established the archetypal star-crossed lovers, who have inspired five centuries of couples in plays, movies and more. Southern Shakespeare Festival takes up the challenge of the classic story this weekend with four outdoor performances complementing two days of Renaissance Faire fun in Cascades Park.

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