Project of the Day — King Kirby, a play about comics legend Jack Kirby. It’ll happen at the 2014 Comic Book Theater Festival.
In honor of William “Billy Shakes” Shakespeare’s 450th birthday (so young!), we rounded up some projects related to the Bard. These projects range all across the board, from Theater and Publishing to Film and Technology. We’d say it’s a pretty good indicator of Shakespeare’s continued relevance.
First, there’s Globe to Globe Hamlet, a.k.a the most ambitious theatrical tour we’ve ever heard of (and our Project of the Day). The company Shakespeare’s Globe wants to take their production of Hamlet (including its twelve actors, four stage managers, and a minimalist set) on an extensive two-year tour through every single country in the world.
The Boston-based company Wax Wings will also produce Hamlet, but they’ve set their version in the 1920s. It just happens to be the company’s first touring project.
Shakespeare on Demand is a digital platform meant for annotating the Bard’s complete works online. Any user of the platform has the ability to add their comments (open-source Shakespeare, anyone?).
Perhaps you prefer your Shakespeare shaken, not stirred? Three Day Hangover’s project, Freakin’ Awesome 2014 Season, just might be for you. As part of their 2014 schedule, the booze-fueled, NY-based theater company is putting on Twelfth Night in a bar, complete with live-band karaoke.
DIY Shakespeare is all about taking the classic works to film. Their 25-minute “episodes” are interpretations of the plays, and they’ll focus their next two on The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. You can see their first episode, based on Richard III, here.
And let’s not forget about Shakespeare’s sonnets. The folks putting on the 4th Annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Sonnet Slam want to perform all 154 of them out loud, marathon-style, in Central Park! Performers range from ages 8-96, and the slam will take place on 4/25.
And those are just the live projects. You can browse all 181 Shakespeare-related projects here. Happy Birthday, Shakes. You don’t look a day over 400.
Tree Folk Theatre wants to make The Tempest with puppets. The above images are some of their previous puppet work — there’s the sultan and Scheherezade, the Tsarevich and the wolf, and “The Lovers’ Tale” from Nights of Enchantment.
Project of the Day — Sci-Fest, the first-ever festival of science fiction plays. It’s sort of like two days of mini Twilight Zone episodes.
All Milwaukee’s a stage.
A small theater company has a major opportunity: Bring free Shakespeare to thousands of people in their city. Optimist Theatre will perform As You Like It in a public park this summer, sharing the joys of Shakespeare in the middle of Milwaukee.
This play could be your life.
Adam Sultan is a new play slated to open in Austin, TX this March. Adam is also a real person. The play imagines his life some 40 years in the future, weaving together real people from Austin’s theater community with imaginary stories from the decades to come.
The LabRats theater company is celebrating its fourth season by producing two new plays. Simply shot and edited, the troupe’s funny and personal project video is a great example of a compelling pitch.
Look what you did.
It’s been an inspiring year.
We’re celebrating the most creative projects and memorable moments on Kickstarter in 2012. Looking back, we couldn’t be prouder of this community or more excited for the future. Thanks to all the creators and backers who make it happen — here’s to 2013!
Caught on tape.
An experimental sound play rooted in Appalachia, Runnin’ Down the Mountain tells the story of two siblings living alone with their familial ghosts.
After a successful trial run last summer, the creative team is ready to give the play its due — and seeking support to make the production a success, produce the premiere, and eventually take the show on the road. Help raise the curtain on our Project of the Day.
In just five years, the Cinefamily has become a staple of LA’s film landscape.
This nonprofit move house injected new life into the historic Silent Movie Theater, bringing exhaustive retrospectives, crazy found-footage festivals, awesome midnight movies, and a slew of indie premieres to a passionate audience.
Now the cinema is raising funds to finally update their hand-built theater for a new century. This silver screen dream is our Project of the Day.
Where (we) live.
Innovative ensemble Sō Percussion returns home to Brooklyn with their Kickstarter-funded live performance.
Rooted in the group’s rhythmically intense compositions, the show will include collaborations with artists ranging from singers to blacksmiths. Now through Dec. 22nd.
In 12 years of cultural criticism, I’ve never before used the term ‘tour de force.’ Last night at Town Hall, Ahamefule J. Oluo debuted his narrative-musical recital Now I’m Fine. It was a tour de force.
Jonathan Zwickel, City Arts.
Congratulations to Oluo and his 108 backers — by all accounts, the premiere of his Kickstarter-funded theater piece was a resounding success!
75 years young.
It’s the 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck’s seminal novel of the Great Depression, Of Mice and Men, and the themes of economic collapse, social discord, and friendship continue to resonate today.
In a tribute to this endlessly timely masterpiece, Hudson Theatre Works is inaugurating their very first season with a production of the play — our Project of the Day.
What if Hamlet just offed Claudius in Act One? Couldn’t the ghost of Hamlet’s father have done more creepy haunting and really freaked out some Danes? What if Ophelia totally owned the crazy and stole that whiny prince’s existential thunder? Also, pirates!
To Be or Not to Be: That is the Adventure gives readers a chance to rewrite (fictional) history. This “choosable-path” story allows Shakespeareans and Bard noobs alike to play through the play and make critical choices for our heroes along the way — thereby making the greatest work in the English language totally even better and more awesome in every way.
Creator Ryan North is also responsible for other gloriously silly ideas, like his beloved Dinosaur Comics and B to the F (a page-by-page review of the Back to the Future novelization). But this is his very first attempt to mess with Shakespeare — Bloody, bawdy villain! Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless villain!