Column by Executive Director Susan Scot Fry
Shakespeare in the Park: it’s not just for summer anymore.
So, what do we do during the "off-season?" We get together with our community for some good-old gab-fests. We have a cadre of SITP-ers at the ready to meet and greet and talk about our favorite topic.
We recently had the pleasure of meeting with a local community organization where we all indulged in a lively discussion about almost everything under the Shakespearean sun….
We talked about…
What we do, why we do it, how we do it
… Why Shakespeare is still important and relevant
…… How his stories relate to our lives in the here and now
……… Life, times, loves, hates, prejudices and vision
You know – all the stuff that makes this fun.
Interested? Why limit yourself to only summer Shakespeare encounters? We’d love to meet you and your community group. Drop me a line and let’s make it happen!
We've wrapped The Comedy of Errors, but if you'd like to enjoy more from our amazing cast and crew, look for them here:
The next project for Libby Amato, our Luciana, is exercising her creativity in the form of her handmade soap shop, Abbondanza Soap Co.
Set Designer and Scenic Charge Posy Knight is moving on to work on the 53212 Presents Open House during the Center Street Daze Festival, Saturday, August 10, 1-10 pm
731 E. Center Street (upstairs of Company Brewing).
Jim Pickering, who appeared as Egeon and Balthazar, can be seen next as:
You can see Nate Press, the Messenger and part of the Ensemble, as:
Please support theater in Milwaukee by checking out these and other performances!
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Also, we want you to have a good time with this, HOWEVER pictures of the cast are strictly prohibited (union rule).
Given the premise of The Comedy of Errors -- not one but TWO sets of identical twins causing all manner of confusion and mistaken identity...we've set aside 10 seats for every evening performance for those who come to the show as twins!
How does that work?
Thank you, Footlights, for your interview with Executive Director Susan Scot Fry to talk about our 10-year anniversary.
Thank you, Greg Stanford. You are and will be missed.
If the outpouring of sentiment and sorrow is any indication, Mr. Gregory Stanford was well-loved and highly regarded by so very many people. Optimist Theatre is right there with them as we mourn his passing on April 8th.
Since 2015, Greg served on the Optimist Theatre board of directors, offering insight, support, and sheer good will and enthusiasm. His friendship and mentorship was warm and inspiring.
Executive Director Susan Scot Fry remembers meeting Greg for the first time at his art gallery in the Grand Avenue mall. "A fellow former Journal Sentinel reporter and mutual friend introduced us. As we got to know each other, it became apparent that Greg would make an excellent addition to our board of directors and he happily accepted. We had so many things in common – from his love of theater to his devotion to the community."
Greg was always one to step up and get involved. In his long career as a columnist, he tackled tough subjects with stories about racial segregation and took the federal justice system to task. Yet, he never lost his wry sense of humor. He saw a lot of things – experienced a lot of change – and always with that sideways smile.
Yes, Greg will be missed. Thank you for your service to Shakespeare in the Park and to all of Milwaukee.
You can find Greg's Journal Sentinel obituary here.
Column by Executive Director Susan Scot Fry
Hale and well met, gentle cousins,
“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” (Hamlet, Act 2, sc. 2)
February is a special time of year: most of our major grant applications have been submitted and we wait with “bated breath” (Merchant of Venice, Act 1, sc. 3). In the meantime, Optimist Theatre embraces our name and moves forward.
There is a great deal of faith that goes into producing theatre. Launching our 10th season, I find myself meditating on just how much. It was quite an ‘aha’ moment when I began to trust that we always do find a way. How? It’s a mystery. (Shakespeare in Love)
This milestone season engenders so much reflection about how far we’ve come, from the quad at Alverno to Kadish Park to the Peck Pavilion. About how much has changed. These reflections inform the perspectives that will take us into the future. Thank you (yes, you...and you...and you, too!) for investing in that!
So, what’s next? Even though it was last week, “Good morrow, 'tis Saint Valentine's Day, All in the morn betime, And I a maid at your window, To be your valentine.” (Hamlet, Act 4, sc. 5). The day may pass, but the love remains. ♥♥
Until next time,
We will very soon be deep into our production of The Comedy of Errors, with all of the news that related directly to i, so it seems like now is the best time to share some other bits and bobs of Shakespeare news with you:
We'll be back soon with lots and lots of Comedy of Errors goodness!