Whether it's holiday gift-giving or year-round everyday shopping, there are a TON of ways you can help fund Shakespeare by just taking a couple of extra steps!
Now, you can ditch the paper & postage and send eCard greetings that ALSO benefit Shakespeare in the Park!
Right now, we have Holiday cards, several with suitable Shakespearean sentiments, as well as general Hanukkah and New Year's pages.
In addition, there are cute placeholder cards for Birthdays and Thank Yous. We'll be updating those, too, but if you need to send something right away, the "Don't Send Me a Card" art without Shakespearean quotes still has you covered!
Shakespeare After All
Drawing on her hugely popular lecture courses at Yale and Harvard over the past thirty years, Marjorie Garber offers passionate and revealing readings of the plays in chronological sequence, from The Two Gentlemen of Verona to The Two Noble Kinsmen. Supremely readable and engaging, and complete with a comprehensive introduction to Shakespeare’s life and times and an extensive bibliography, this magisterial work is an ever-replenishing fount of insight on the most celebrated writer of all time.
A brilliant and companionable tour through all thirty-eight plays, Shakespeare After All is the perfect introduction to the bard by one of the country’s foremost authorities on his life and work.
The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, reissued with a new afterword for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
A young man from a small provincial town moves to London in the late 1580s and, in a remarkably short time, becomes the greatest playwright not of his age alone but of all time. How is an achievement of this magnitude to be explained? Stephen Greenblatt brings us down to earth to see, hear and feel how an acutely sensitive and talented boy, surrounded by the rich tapestry of Elizabethan life, could have become the world’s greatest playwright.
The Millionaire and the Bard
When Shakespeare died in 1616 half of his plays died with him. No one—not even their author—believed that his writings would last, that he was a genius, or that future generations would celebrate him as the greatest author in the history of the English language. By the time of his death his plays were rarely performed, eighteen of them had never been published, and the rest existed only in bastardized forms that did not stay true to his original language.
Seven years later, in 1623, Shakespeare’s business partners, companions, and fellow actors, John Heminges and Henry Condell, gathered copies of the plays and manuscripts, edited and published thirty-six of them. This massive book, the First Folio, was intended as a memorial to their deceased friend. They could not have known that it would become one of the most important books ever published in the English language, nor that it would become a fetish object for collectors.
The Millionaire and the Bard is a literary detective story, the tale of two mysterious men—a brilliant author and his obsessive collector—separated by space and time. It is a tale of two cities—Elizabethan and Jacobean London and Gilded Age New York. It is a chronicle of two worlds—of art and commerce—that unfolded an ocean and three centuries apart. And it is the thrilling tale of the luminous book that saved the name of William Shakespeare “to the last syllable of recorded time.”
Today it is the most valuable book in the world. Recently one sold for more than five million dollars. It is the book that rescued the name of William Shakespeare and half of his plays from oblivion. The Millionaire and the Bard tells the miraculous and romantic story of the making of the First Folio, and of the American industrialist whose thrilling pursuit of the book became a lifelong obsession.
Now, help support Shakespeare in the Park at no extra cost to you when you purchase your paper or e-book at Barnes & Noble (using the Benefit Mobile app) or Amazon (via AmazonSmile). Learn more here!!
Thanks to our own Jim Pickering, there's a much drier fundraising challenge going on than what's pictured to the left! To celebrate his birthday a few weeks ago, Jim ran a Facebook fundraiser, and asked his friends to support Optimist Theatre to wish him well on the year completed and the year to come.
And they DID!
Then, Jim challenged two of his King Lear castmates, Malkia Stampley and Zachary Dean, to do the same thing!
And THEY have promised to challenge two MORE people (each!) when their own fundraisers are complete!
If you think that's cool, you don't have to wait for the challenge to make its way to you!
You can start your very own challenge chain!
First (and especially) if your birthday is coming up soon, make a plan: decide how long you'd like to run your fundraiser (10-14 days seems manageable, but your mileage may vary), when you'd like to start it, what you'd like to say to your friends and family when you ask them to support Optimist Theatre (the entity registered with Facebook as a nonprofit; we do ask that you @ tag the Shakespeare in the Park page -- @ShaxParkMKE in your intro text).
Then, go to town! The image below shows you how/where to get started.
Promote your fundraiser while it's active. Think about a couple of your own friends with birthdays on the horizon who value free Shakespeare in Milwaukee. When your fundraiser ends, challenge them to do the same!
Finally, bask in our gratitude. Our fans are the best fans, and it's projects like this that just prove it!
Note: if you need help, contact us and we'll be happy to assist you.
Gift giving season is upon us; show your friends and family you appreciate them with:
Wine & Vine
Coast In Bikes
In Tandem Theatre
Gloria’s Cake Shop & Café
Mathnasium of Whitefish Bay
We'll be honest with you, right off the bat: history doesn't know on what day William Shakespeare was born.
In the 16th century, one's saint's day was more likely to be a date of annual celebration. And the date one was baptized was what mattered for an infant (child mortality being what it was, it was considered urgent to have your offspring made right with the church and the Almighty pretty much right away).
So, what we actually know is that William Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564 at Holy Trinity church in Stratford:
But, of course, it is no longer the 16th century, and we love birthdays. So, we take advantage of the uncertainty surrounding wee Will's birth date to just celebrate for a week or more, calling it close enough, and then stuffing our faces with cake and iambic pentameter! Which is one of the ways that we'll be celebrating: Shakespeare in the Park Members will be gathering for some cake and fun at a party on Friday.
(Pssst...if you're not yet a member, but join now, you'll get an invitation to next year's party! And other great benefits!)
Give Will Birthday Gifts!!!
Specifically, we are auctioning off a couple of nice souvenirs of last summer's Julius Caesar.
We offer a nice collection of SitP swag (mugs, t-shirts, etc.) at our Society6 store, including some new designs!
And we're giving you the chance to make a small donation by buying Will a pint of his favorite ale or a birthday balloon (symbolic, of course...click the down-arrow to choose balloon instead of pint)!
will be presented at the Peck Pavilion at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts!!!!
Shakespeare in the Park is joining the Marcus Center's company as a new resident group. The Marcus Center has a rich history of providing top-notch free entertainment via their Live @ Peck Pavilion summer series. Inviting Shakespeare in the Park to join the fun is a natural partnership.
You can read the full press release here, issued today by Optimist Theatre.
There are a LOT of reasons that we are excited about this partnership, including the opportunity to enhance the audience experience, to broaden our community outreach...to offer you Saz's catering before the show (really!). We'll keep you informed as some of the new logistics of coming to this year's show come together.
In the meanwhile, pre-production is revving up: auditions and casting are in progress. We're fundraising like mad to ensure that we are able to meet all of our new obligations.
Ahem, where were we?
Right -- pre-production: design concepts are being drawn. Our 'To Do' lists are making 'To Do' lists of their own. We are nearly quivering with anticipation. And it's only March!
Sidebar, there's never
been a better time to become
a Member of Shakespeare in the Park!
Of course, it's not at all too soon
to mark the 2017 Shakespeare in the Park
show dates for Much Ado About Nothing on your calendar:
Weekends, July 6-22, 2017
Of course, if you have questions about this change, contact Susan by e-mail or at 262.498.5777.
SitP's performance location at Kadish Park has so many wonderful attributes, not least of which is possibly THE best view of the Milwaukee skyline.
But, let's be honest: there are some things that would make it wonderful-er. And we've begun plotting how to make your experience at Shakespeare in the Park more comfortable.
We've got all of the details of the current phase of this project for you right here.
We had a GREAT time surprising Will for his birthday. And, as a fundraiser, it was a rousing success.
We had the help of a load of volunteers, the terrific staff at The Woman's Club of Wisconsin and our excellent entertainment:
And, of course, all of YOU!
You bought tickets, you came and bid on auction items, you laughed and clapped along and shouted "Surprise...!" Or, even if you couldn't be with us, you wished us well.
Thank you for your support -- financial and moral! We look forward to doing it again next year.
A Surprise Birthday Party for William Shakespeare
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