Fairest Creatures: The Sonnets of William Shakespeare -- Index
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Fairest Creatures
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The Sonnets of WilliamShakespeare
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Our Celebration of The Bard's Birthday (which, as everybody knows, is on April 23).
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Please consider joining us for future celebrations -- either as a reader or as a listener (preferably both). AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS!
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OUR NEXT EVENT -- Fairest Creatures 2020 -- Sunday & Monday April 19 & 20, 2020.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1m08VdZM35bdkhkRF9sunpxhJQKOX69AOfbGF5xr3NsQ/edit#gid=0
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To get on our mailing list, email fairestcreatures0423@gmail.com.
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Originally intended as a one-time event in 2016, "Fairest Creatures" was first organized by Kurt Benrud, Dustin Britt, and Jenny Bennett and hosted by Sonorous Road Theatre and Film Studios.
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In 2016, thirty-seven theatre groups had come together to do a marathon reading of Shakespeare's plays. This was in observance of the 400th anniversary of his death.
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A small group of "bard-o-philes" had the idea of adding a reading of the sonnets as kind of an "encore" to the reading of the plays.
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Michelle Murray Wells of Sonorous Road Theatre generously offered the use of her space, and 110 people assembled for the readings.
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In 2016, we spread the readings over three sessions -- Thursday and Friday evenings and then Sunday afternoon.
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Well before the last sonnet had been read in 2016, discussion of making this an annual event had started.
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Starting in 2017, our schedule has been (and will be) the Sunday and Monday evening closest to April 23, provided neither is a holiday.
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In 2016, we encouraged readers to come to the studio after-the-fact to make a "clean" audio recording of their sonnets. For those who were able, links to those sound files are included.
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In 2017, Cole Russing video-recorded our readings, and links to these recordings are also included. In 2017, we once again were able to include some audio links.
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In 2018 and 2019, Cole again did video recordings. Links to these recordings are also included.
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We encourage creativity. (BUT: by no means do we require it.)
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Some readers have come in costume; some have performed in teams to "act them out."
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Some have included music as part of their readings. (click below)
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https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/13_dzmWCUTBpUZ5jfDwZue-ZXd60tvWDjb8e9PHh-6s8/edit#gid=1651094940
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ALSO: Sonnets have been read in second languages, a total of 18 second languages. (click below)
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https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/13_dzmWCUTBpUZ5jfDwZue-ZXd60tvWDjb8e9PHh-6s8/edit#gid=423943763
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