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Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Press Release: News from Artfarm
Press Release: ARTFARM’s Shakespeare Slam and Masked Bash, May
Photo attached by Bill Dekine shows Host Chion Wolf at the 2011
Shakespeare Slam with ARTFARM’s Dic Wheeler and Marcella Trowbridge.
ARTFARM's fourth Shakespeare
Slam and Masked Bash features energetic and unorthodox performances of
Shakespeare, live music, costumed characters, celebrity host Chion Wolf of WNPR, food and
drink, all in a festive Elizabethan atmosphere where masked adults have fun in
a children's museum. Perform, imbibe or simply enjoy the company and
entertainment at this unusual fundraiser at 7 pm on Saturday, May 11 at Kidcity
ARTFARM's Shakespeare Slam
and Masked Bash is a unique event which is built around performances of
shorts bits of Shakespeare (2 minute maximum per performer) by performers of
all kinds who have been sponsored by generous patrons. Attend as a performer, a
patron, or simply as a partygoer. The Slam is the centerpiece of a festive
evening of food, drink, music, masks and fun of all kinds with costumed
characters under the spell of WNPR’s comic and provocative Chion Wolf.
“The Slambash is a
really fun way for people to help us raise the money to produce professional
Shakespeare in the summer while having an outrageously fantastic evening,” says
ARTFARM Artistic Director Marcella Trowbridge. “This July we will be producing Much Ado About Nothing, a terrific
comedy which features, among other things, a masked dance. So we thought it
might be fun to encourage Slam attendees to wear masks this year. It will add a
little mystery and playfulness to the evening.”
Masks and festive attire are encouraged, but not required. For
anyone unable to locate or create a mask of their own, masks made by students
at Kidsartspace will be available for a nominal fee.
Tickets for the Shakespeare
Slam are $25 for adults, and $15 for anyone 25 years of age or younger.
Performers attend for free, but must have a minimum of $50 of Sponsorships in
order to perform. Prizes will be awarded to the performers who generate the
most Sponsorship. Tickets include food, drink and entertainment. Wine is
provided courtesy of the Bottle Shop, draft beer thanks to City Steam Brewery,
and fine comestibles will be donated by It’s Only Natural Restaurant, It’s Only
Natural Market, Anoho, Illiano’s, Tschudin Chocolates, The Bridge, and other
fabulous Middletown eateries.
Proceeds from the Shakespeare
Slam and Masked Ball support ARTFARM’s eighth season of Shakespeare in the
Grove. This year’s Shakespeare production will be Much Ado About Nothing, presented outdoors at Middlesex Community
College July 18 – 28. Kidcity is located at 119 Washington Street in
Middletown. The SlamBash is a part of
“Shakespeare on Campus” a six month partnership between ARTFARM and Middlesex
Community College, which is being funded with the support of the Connecticut
Office of the Arts, the Middletown Commission on the Arts, Pratt & Whitney,
and generous partygoers, performers and patrons.