"Hearts Remote, Yet Not Asunder"
Online and At Home, June 26 - July 12
At AST, we are all about connections. Every summer, we connect with our fellow artists, our audiences, and our community. This summer, we can’t be together in person, but we CAN still make and grow those connections as we revisit Shakespeare. Through online and remote experiences, we will offer performance, social, and educational opportunities for our entire community -- UCA, central Arkansas, and nation-wide.
The series is created by members of the AST Artistic Collective, a group of directors, actors, and designers who have all had significant artistic relationships with AST. Projects will revisit Shakespeare through the lens of the current times -- raising questions and allowing for conversations about race and gender in Shakespeare, as well as offering meaningful ways to connect to each other in the midst of the ongoing pandemic.
Below is a sampling of some of the scheduled events. Things are still changing, evolving, and being added, so to make sure you don't miss anything, be sure to join our Facebook Group.
AST Collective led by Rebekah Scallet, Producing Artistic Director, and Jeremy Williams, Transmedia Choreographer & Designer with Chad Bradford, Jordan Coughtry, Joe Klug, Fergie Philippe-Auguste, Dan Matisa, Robert Quinlan, Paige Reynolds, Nisi Sturgis.
"Revisiting Shakespeare" is made by possibly by a generous grant from the UCA Foundation.
Experiences & Events
Join us as we journey back to the magical land of Illyria -- the setting of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy Twelfth Night. Producing Artistic Director Rebekah Scallet has invited some of her favorite AST actors to revisit select scenes from the play via Zoom over three nights. Each night will feature a scene reading, followed by discussion with Scallet, her actors, and you. Scallet directed Twelfth Night as her first production with AST in 2012, and she will reflect on that particular production, as well as how things have changed in the world and how that affects the way we read the play today, including looking at the role of the outsider, and the roles of social class and gender in the play. On ZOOM -- RSVP to receive log-in instructions. RSVPs will be accepted until the event begins
Friday, June 26 at 7:00 PM CST (8 PM EST// 5 PM PST)
Act I, Scene Five with Paige Reynolds as Olivia, Corrie Green as Viola, and Blake Johnson as Malvolio
Click here to RSVP
Friday, July 3 at 7:00 PM CST(8 PM EST// 5 PM PST)
Act II, Scene Five with Robert G. Anderson as Malvolio, Dr. Kevin Browne as Sir Toby, Verda Davenport as Maria, Justin Jones as Sir Andrew, and Augustine Nguyen as Fabian
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Friday, July 10 at 7:00 PM CST (8 PM EST// 5 PM PST)
A cutting of Act V, Scene One; Cast TBA
Tame That B!#@&
Tame That B!#@& is a Zoom look at Shakespeare’s bitch of a play: The Taming of the Shrew. Creator/Adapter Nisi Sturgis has been working with ten actors who play both sides of the Kate/Petruchio duo to reveal what the play has to say about how we identify ourselves – and defy identification. Tame That… will be part of an in-depth discussion with Arkansas Governor’s School. We invite the public to join Creator/Adapter Nisi Sturgis & Director Kristin L. Schoenback, in a live online event on Thursday, July 2nd at 7:00 PM CST (8 PM EST// 5 PM PST).
To register for the Zoom event with Nisi and Kristin, click here
Erica Cruz Hernández, Matthew Duncan, Rachael Fox, Andrew Ramcharan Guilarte, Ashley Hart Adams, Victoria Mack, Dan Matisa, Rocio Mendez, Cleon Ony, Nathan M. Ramsey
“There is no world without Verona walls.”
Jordan Coughtry and Robert Quinlan smash up and intersect the plots of Romeo and Juliet and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, merging Shakespeare’s text with original songs. Set in the imagined city of Shakespeare’s Verona, comedy and tragedy collide to investigate the grudges we inherit, the ways we transform, and the unpredictable nature of love. Jordan and Robert will spend a week doing a virtual workshop of their new adaptation, and will share some of their work with us on Thursday, July 7th at 7:00 PM CST (8 PM EST// 5 PM PST).
To register for the Zoom event with Jordan and Robert, click here
This project is supported by a University Research Grant through the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts at Illinois State University.
Social Experiences have been collectively created and are co-lead by AST Collective Members Paige Reynolds, Rebekah Scallet, and Jeremy Williams.
Take a peak into AST’s photo archive through the lens of a team of dramaturgs! We welcome back four alums to co-curate and share moments of AST’s past. Photos will be shared on Facebook, Instagram, on our web site and via e-mail.
Darby Burdine, Christopher Fettes, Courtney Littell, Brynn Woods
Mary Ruth Marotte & Paige Reynolds share some of their favorite Shakespeare quotes and challenge you to be inspired! Each week we’ll add new quotes for you to explore and create photos, collages, sketches, or any kind of visual work inspired by the quote. Challenges will be shared through our Facebook group and via E-mail.
Dance, dance, dance! Have a dance party whenever you’re ready! Dance alone. Dance with your quarantine family. Dance outdoors with friends! Just dance, dance, dance! To kick off the weekend, AST will publish a new playlist and “let’s get it started” videos with AST artist alums on Fridays. Unique Dance Revolution playlists created by DJ T-Boy featuring revolutionary music artists. Enjoy any day, anytime! Content will be available through our Facebook group and here on our site.
1: Cece Penniston-Finally
2: 🌈Sam Sparro-Happiness
3: Robin S.-Show Me Love
4: 🌈Alex Newell-Collect all my love
5: Gorgon City Ft. Jennifer Hudson-Go all night
6: Aretha Franklin-Jump to it
7: Queen Latifah-Come into my house
8: 🌈T-Boy-Magnificent Soul
9: Black Box-Everybody, Everybody
10: 🌈Jonte Moaning-100% Pure love
11: Nina Sky-Move Your Body
12: 🌈Shamir-On the regular
13: 🌈Dwayne Milan-Dwayne Milan says you're fierce!
14: 🌈Peppermint-Working Girl (T-Boy's #socialdisko mix)
🌈 = LGBTQ+
Dance Revolution Team:
Anthony Bryant, Brian Earles, Briana East, Ashley Mahan, Moriah Patterson, DJ T-Boy
Dinner and a Movie
Enjoy your time at home with dinner and a movie! Each week an AST artist will recommend their favorite Shakespeare movie along with a favorite meal! Prepare, watch, and enjoy with your friends at home. We’ll be watching and eating on Saturday evenings. You’re welcome to enjoy anytime! Movies and recipes will be shared in our Facebook group and here on our site.
AST Book Club
Enjoy a good read along with AST’s Artistic Director, Rebekah Scallet! She has selected Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.
An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. (description from Amazon.com)
Start reading now, then join Rebekah on Zoom, Saturday, July 11th at 2 PM CST (3 PM EST// 12 PM PST) for an online book club meeting to discuss the themes presented in the novel. Join the Zoom conversation on Saturday by clicking HERE .
Educational Opportunities collectively created and are co-lead by AST Collective Members Chad Bradford, Dan Matisa, & Fergie Philippe-Auguste.
From Othello to Hamilton: Race and Black Presence in American Theatre
Join AST alum and cast member of Broadway’s Hamilton, Fergie L. Philippe, along with other esteemed panelists for an exciting discussion that follows the course of Black representation and visibility in theatre, from Paul Robeson’s trailblazing Broadway performance as the title role in Shakespeare’s Othello in 1943, to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway smash hit Hamilton. This panel discussion will be offered LIVE on Zoom during the week of July 6th (check back here for the exact and time). The Zoom audience will be able to ring in via live chat with questions for the panelists.
Fergie L. Philippe (host) - AST Collective member and current cast member of Hamilton on Broadway
James S. Randolph (moderator) - New World School of the Arts
Jessika Williams - Title role in current production of Othello at the American Shakespeare Center
Nik Walker - Broadway’s Ain’t Too Proud, Hamilton, Motown the Musical
Clory Jackson - The Brownsville Project
July 8, at 7:00 PM CST(8 PM EST// 5 PM PST)
The Groundlings Company Online
Two Groundlings Workshops for theatre students ages 8 - 18 to explore Shakespeare with AST’s Dan Matisa! Every Thursday AST will publish a new set of workshop activities for Groundlings. Activities will be posted in the Revisiting Shakespeare Facebook group and on The Groundlings page on our web site.
Designing for the Bard
Designing for the Bard is focused on providing an opportunity for college students to connect with the design world of Shakespeare and engage with industry professionals. Through the program, participants will be able to apply their creativity to a Shakespeare play, be able to share that work with AST’s network of artists and Shakespeare fans on social media, and have that work discussed by professional designers from around the country in an online roundtable.
For more details, click here.
Revisiting Your Vocal Roots
An online vocal performance workshop led by AST Voice and Text Coach Susan Schuld, planned for past AST interns.
Practicing the fundamentals of Kristin Linklater’s voice production allows one to focus intensely in exploring their sense of “self” through Family and Heritage stories. In the workshop, students will cultivate vocal ease, vulnerability, power, range, stamina, and responsiveness to impulse using original text created from the class explorations. The final project will culminate in a video montage celebrating the students voice, stories, and themselves.
The workshop will have three meeting sessions: July 2nd, 6th, 10th 12-2pm CST (1-3 PM EST// 10 AM - 12 PM PST).