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    We are Celebrating Shakespeare's 450th Birthday

    2/26/2014 1:12:32 PM

    Getting a head start in March, and running throughout the “Shakespeare Month” of April, the Literature Department & Ohio Center for the Book will host an exhibit of costumes & artifacts from Great Lakes Theater productions, as well as Shakespeare materials from the Library’s collection. Shakespeare's 450th birthday will be celebrated with a number of events in March and April.

    Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th Birthday

    The Bard’s 450th Birthday Celebration Opening Reception
    Saturday, March 22, 2014 • 2:00 p.m.
    Main Library, Literature Department, 2nd floor

    Cleveland Public Library welcomes Shakespeare scholar and author Diana Price, speaking on her favorite subject: William Shakespeare. Ms. Price is the author of Shakespeare’s Unorthodox Biography: New Evidence of An Authorship Problem. The book was released by Greenwood Press in 2001; it appeared as no 94 in Greenwood’s academic series, Contributions in Drama and Theatre Studies, making it the first anti-Stratfordian book to be accepted in a peer reviewed series.

    The revised paperback edition was released last year; copies will be available for purchase. Ms. Price will take questions and sign books at the reception.

    Birthday cake and refreshments will be served!

    Theater & Swords at Cleveland Public Library
    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • 12 noon – 2:00 p.m.
    Main Library, Literature Department, 2nd floor

    Great Lakes Theater joins the Cleveland Public Library to celebrate the 450th Anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare.

    Come watch Great Lakes staff perform a scene from one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays, Romeo & Juliet!

    This will be followed by a Workshop presented by Great Lakes Theater staff. The workshop will culminate in an audience-participation re-creation of the fight scene between the Capulets and the Montagues in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Come grab a sword and get in on the action!

    Cleveland Public Library, Great Lakes Theater, and The English Speaking Union present: Shakespeare in Performance!
    Saturday, April 26, 2014 • 2:00 p.m.
    Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium

    The English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition assists high school teachers across the country with their Shakespeare and language arts curriculum. Through the competition, students are encouraged to develop their communication skills and an appreciation of the power of language and literature.

    Local students who have made it to the regional competition held at PlayhouseSquare have honed their monologues to perfection. A select few of these talented actors will honor us with a special performance at the Library in honor of Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday.

    Read more information on the English-Speaking Union’s annual National Shakespeare Competition.