When you’re 450 years old, it’s only natural to feel somewhat . . . world-weary.
Just ask William Shakespeare.
Better yet, ask Brian B. Crowe, who is tasked with putting a new spin on the Bard’s work for the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison.
How does Brian keep it fresh, after more than four centuries?
The theatre’s resident director will reveal his secrets on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in the Morristown & Township Library at 2 pm. The occasion: Shakespeare’s 450th birthday this month.
The talk is free. We don’t know if the refreshments include a cake, but if they do, someone had better call a fire marshal before lighting all those candles.
Here are more details from the library:
Method & Madness: Shakespeare for Today
MORRISTOWN, NJ— How would the Bard feel about the 21st Century interpretation of his classic plays if he were alive today? For a set of plays that are so well known and so revered, it can be a challenge to adapt them for younger and modern audiences and also please those who highly value the original work. In honor of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday this month, The Morristown & Morris Township Library and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey are hosting a program onWednesday, April 30, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Library. Refreshments will be served. This program is also sponsored by the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.
Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Director of Education and resident director Brian B. Crowe will explore the “method and madness” of producing the Bard’s canon in the 21st century, including selecting and adapting material, developing a
production concept, and inspiring a love of Shakespeare in the younger generation. “Peek behind the curtain” as Crowe shares a unique perspective from the longest-running Shakespeare theater on the East Coast and New Jersey’s largest professional theatre company dedicated to Shakespeare’s canon and other classic masterworks.
Brian B. Crowe is in his nineteenth season with The Shakespeare Theatre where he is currently the Director of Education. Directing credits: Pericles, Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, Timon of Athens, The School for Wives, The Winter’s Tale, Henry VI: Blood & Roses, Julius Caesar, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Tempest (2002) and The Comedy of Errors (2001) on the Main Stage, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2007) and The Taming of the Shrew (2006) on the Outdoor Stage and the 1999 world premiere of his original script, Wonderland (…And What Was Found There) on the Other Stage. The Star-Ledger called Mr. Crowe “one of the state’s most ingenious directors” for his work on Love’s Labour’s Lost and named him Best Director of a Drama (Julius Caesar and Wonderland) as well as one of three “theatre artists to look for in the new millennium.” He has also directed over twenty Shakespeare LIVE! touring productions including Nevermore (his original piece based on the writings and mysterious death of Edgar Allan Poe), As You Like It, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello and The Tempest. Other directing credits include Red Herring and A Perfect Ganesh at 12 Miles West; Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest (DayTony recipient), Noises Off, the Midwest regional premiere of The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Patient A with The Human Race Theatre Company, where he is currently a resident artist; Somewhere in Between and Children of a Lesser God at Dayton Playhouse; The Destiny of Me for The Act-Up Theatre Festival; and Bent. Mr. Crowe received BFA degrees in directing and acting from Wright State University, and was a Fellow at the 2000 International Salzburg Shakespeare Seminar.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is the state’s largest professional theatre company dedicated to the presentation of Shakespeare’s canon and other classic dramatic entertainments for the cultural enrichment of the community. The artists and trustees of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey bring dramatic masterpieces of the past to dynamic new life in order to inspire present lives as well as future visions for the world. It is a teaching theatre, fervently dedicated to providing transformative experiences through the live performance of the classics. The Theatre integrates education and learning into all of its endeavors, while promoting literacy, a culture of enlightenment, a dedication to excellence, and a keen awareness of how the arts are a necessity to the health of the collective mind and soul of any great civilization. http://www.shakespearenj.org/