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Jeff Watkins

Shakespeare’s plays are often accepted as works of historical fact. In the case of "Richard III," many believe we’ve been deceived all these years.

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The show is the Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s current production and runs through July 2.

As far as historical accuracy goes, artistic director Jeff Watkins insists that it doesn’t matter.

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Hamlet is just one of the many prized role for actors, but it is out of reach for many, especially for one rather sizable group of the population: women.

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In fact, only 16 percent of the roles Shakespeare wrote were for women, and unless a theater company does a fair amount of gender parody in their productions, women rarely get to work together on productions.

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A rare copy of William Shakespeare's Second Folio is being auctioned off ... one page at a time.

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The Atlanta Shakespeare Company and Peachstate Historical Consulting Inc. have partnered to host an auction of more than 100 individual leaves drawn from a single, imperfect copy of the Folio, which dates from 1632. 

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In Act I of William Shakespeare's historic tragedy "Julius Caesar," a soothsayer warns the titular emperor to "Beware the Ides of March."

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But what are the "Ides of March," and why should Caesar take heed? 

To answer those questions and more, "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes spoke with Atlanta Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Jeff Watkins. 


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The holidays and New Year’s Eve are now behind us, but there are still plenty of things to do in Atlanta this weekend. You can see the world premiere of a new comedy, walk alongside a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon, try something new at a Shakespeare play, or listen to a remarkable story from a Holocaust survivor. These are all things to do in Atlanta this weekend, Jan. 6 to 8.

Friday, Jan. 7

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City Lights: 'Henry The VI'; Pearl Cleage; And More

Sep 8, 2016
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Beginning this Saturday at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse, the Atlanta Shakespeare Company returns to the 15th century and the War of the Roses. They are performing all three of Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays.

Those plays are rarely performed today but were wildly popular in Shakespeare’s own time.

“These are the plays that made Shakespeare’s career. This is how he got his name, how he won his position in Elizabethan theater world,” said Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s artistic director Jeff Watkins. He is also directing the three plays.

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The Atlanta Shakespeare Company has performed William Shakespeare's 37 plays over the course of 26 years. This week, three actors will perform all the plays in two hours.

That’s the premise behind the 1987 play “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” which opens this week at the Shakespeare Tavern.

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