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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma Shakespeare shuffles dates in response to pandemic

Madison Hill and Alexis Ward appear in Oklahoma Shakespeare's 2018 production of "The Revolutionists." [April Porterfield photo]
Madison Hill and Alexis Ward appear in Oklahoma Shakespeare's 2018 production of "The Revolutionists." [April Porterfield photo]

Oklahoma Shakespeare is shaking up its 2020 season in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The venerable theater company is moving its Paseo Arts District production of William Shakespeare's "As You Like It," originally scheduled for April, to September and reimaging as an “original practices” Shakespeare: with only days to prepare, Shakespeare’s players often found themselves mounting an entire production using only what they had at hand - and the wits in their head - to make stage magic, according to a news release. Theatergoers are invited to see what happens when a modern troupe of players faces the same challenge.

As previously reported, the company received a $40,000 grant from the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation to expand its Short Shakespeare touring production of The Bard's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The spring "Dream" tour was slate to begin Monday but has been postponed due to statewide school closures. But the troupe of eight actors anticipates return in fall to take the magic of Shakespeare to rural Oklahoma.

"All things being hopeful for a healthy summer," the company still plans to offer its "Pay What You Will" Short Shakespeare:"A Midsummer Night's Dream" to the public June 18-28 on the Great Lawn in the Myriad Botanical Gardens. 

"This is our way to give back to the community, and offer Shakespeare without economic restriction; a little beauty in the arts to help bring us out of this stressful and serious time. If we are unable to perform due to continuing health concerns, rest assured we will find a way to present what we do best to the people of Oklahoma City, any way we can," according to a statement from the nonprofit theater. 

Finally, Oklahoma Shakespeare's inaugural Renaissance Roast, honoring Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, originally scheduled for April 25, will be postponed "until our beloved Mayor’s schedule frees up once more; but please know, we WILL be moving forward with this fundraiser," according to the statement from Oklahoma Shakespeare.  

For more information, go to www.oklahomashakespeare.com.

-BAM

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Madison Hill and Alexis Ward appear in Oklahoma Shakespeare's 2018 production of "The Revolutionists." [April Porterfield photo]

Madison Hill and Alexis Ward appear in Oklahoma Shakespeare's 2018 production of "The Revolutionists." [April Porterfield photo]

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1... Read more ›

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