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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. 

llustration of Octavian, Antony and Lepidus debating proscriptions from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
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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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As far as first editions go, Emory University's Michael C. Carlos Museum has one currently on display that rivals most: it's a copy of the first folio of the plays of William Shakespeare. 

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In this Feb. 23, 2015 file photo, the First Folio of Shakespeare plays is displayed after a press conference at Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London.
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William Shakespeare, more than any other playwright in history, sustains an ever-expanding cultural relevance and vibrancy that lives on in classrooms, on stages and in every form of media. This is all the more impressive considering 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death.


It’s the 400th death year of playwright William Shakespeare. Organizations around Atlanta are celebrating with unique performances celebrating the Bard. Emory University’s Carlos Museum will also host Shakespeare’s first folio in November.

Music contributor Dr. Scott Stewart says, though, the Bard’s influence isn’t just limited to the theatrical stage. Shakespeare’s work has also inspired musicians and composers.

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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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The 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death has people around the world celebrating the playwright’s work. It also inspired enthusiasts at Emory University to bring new life to a longtime project.

Shakespeare and the Players is a massive online archive of postcards, many of which are more than 100 years old. They show the actors who brought Shakespeare’s plays to life on the stage in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

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This month, Shakespeare’s 400th birthday is being celebrated across the globe.

For the occasion, Theater Emory has created several programs over the year dedicated to Shakespeare – and this week, they are doing a grand experiment. Professor Jan Akers is directing an all-female cast of “As You Like It,” and professor Tim McDonough is directing an all-male cast of the same play. 

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Music is usually reserved for the concert hall, and theater is reserved for the playhouse.

But in a performance commemorating 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare this weekend, Emory University’s Department of Theater Studies and the Emory Wind Ensemble are joining forces.

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Georgia Ensemble Theatre is tackling its very first William Shakespeare play. The 23-year-old theater company has mounted a production of "Romeo and Juliet," promising a bold and accessible take on the story of doomed lovers from rival families.

Lead actors Jennifer Alice Acker and Jonathan Horne joined Lois Reitzes to talk about how they and director David Crowe are working to make Shakespeare’s poetry clear for modern ears.

To achieve this, the production is focusing on storytelling as opposed to language.

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Sometimes, we get a little behind on repaying our debts, but would you take a loan if your interest was a pound of flesh?

That’s the agreement Antonio of William Shakespeare’s "The Merchant of Venice" has with the moneylender Shylock. The money is for Antonio’s friend Bassanio, who needs 3,000 ducats to woo the beautiful and rich Portia.

Shakespeare Tavern

Jun 28, 2013

The Atlanta Shakespeare Company evolved out of a small group of actors doing productions of the Bard's work in borrowed theaters around the city, winding up performing As You Like It at Manuel's Tavern in 1984.

Their ethos of minimalist, true-to-period and audience-inclusive performance grew into the opening of the Shakespeare Tavern in 1990, which has seen over 73 plays cross its stage.

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 These days, when we think of garden herbs, we might consider rosemary for our chicken or a little basil for our pizza. But in William Shakespeare’s time, herbs were hardly limited to the kitchen.

Today, on Shakespeare’s birthday, horticulturist Geri Laufer takes us for a walk through the herb garden as the sixteenth-century playwright might have seen it.

Thanks to actor Veronika Duerr of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, for providing dramatic readings.


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Many productions of Shakespeare’s plays choose to present them in updated settings to make the show that much more palatable to contemporary audiences. Anyone who came of age in the 1990s might be interested to know that the North Fulton Drama Club—a theater company in Roswell that exclusively performs the works of the Bard—is opening a production of Hamlet set in 1994. WABE’s Myke Johns has this story.

The weekend of August 3rd offers several events around the metro Atlanta area.  Join John Lemley as he talks with WABE contributor Betsy Riley about the following:

Randy Rogers Band at Buckhead Theatre

Georgia Shakespeare Summer Festival closing

National Puppet Slam at Center for Puppetry Arts

Athfest, Much Ado About Nothing, & Music of the Night

Jun 20, 2012

Join WABE's Lois Reitzes as she previews the following weekend events with Betsy Riley of Atlanta Magazine.


Georgia Shakespeare presents Much Ado About Nothing

Music of the Night at Chastain Park