Monday, May 05, 2014

Shakespeare Slam and Masked Bash, May 10, 2014

ARTFARM’s Shakespeare Slam and Masked Bash, May 10, 2014
Contact: Dic Wheeler, (860) 346-4390, dic@art-farm.org
Photo attached by Ben Jordan of Elise Springer performing at the 2013 Shakespeare Slam.
 
Middletown’s ARTFARM will be celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with unorthodox Shakespeare performances, live music, food, wine, local beer, costumed Elizabethan characters and a rooftop organic wine tasting. The 5th Shakespeare Slam and Elizabethan Birthday Bash will be on Saturday, May 10 at 7 pm at the Community Health Center in Middletown.
ARTFARM's Shakespeare Slam and Birthday Bash is a unique event – part performance, part party -- which centers on presentations of shorts pieces of Shakespeare by performers of all shapes and sizes, each of whom has been sponsored by generous patrons. One can attend as a Performer, a Patron, a Partygoer or, this year, as a Guest of Dionysus.
 
“The SlamBash is a really fun way for people to help ARTFARM raise the funds that it takes to produce professional Shakespeare in the summer, while having a fantastic evening and celebrating 2 big birthdays,” says Artistic Director Marcella Trowbridge. “In July we will be producing King Lear, featuring Middletown based actor and local legend John Basinger, who turns 80 on the night of the Slam, as Lear. Shakespeare in the Grove would not be possible without the performers, spectators and patrons who bring their energy and spirit to the Shakespeare Slam. The Community Health Center is a beautiful new venue to toast John’s 80th and Will’s 450th -- especially the organic wine tasting in the rooftop garden.”
 
“Guests of Dionysus” can start the party an hour early with an Organic Wine Tasting from 6 – 7 pm in the Health Center’s exquisite rooftop garden. Hosted by Organic Vintages, “Guests of Dionysus” will enjoy a selection of fine organic wines – both local and imported – while chatting with ARTFARM company members and enjoying one of the best views available of Middletown and the river valley. “Guests of Dionysus” must purchase their tickets in advance. The $50 “Guest of Dionysus” rate includes SlamBash admission.  
 
Tickets for the Shakespeare Slam and Birthday Bash are $25 for adults, and $15 for anyone 25 years of age or younger. Performers attend for free, but must have collected a minimum of $50 in Sponsorships in order to perform. Prizes will be awarded to the performers who generate the greatest amount of Sponsorship. Tickets include food, drink and entertainment.
 
Slam performers are still being solicited, and can register to perform as late as Monday, May 5.  Anyone – young or old, professional or amateur, actor, dancer, singer, performance artist or accountant – is encouraged to perform any piece of Shakespeare, up to 2 minutes in length. Wild interpretations are especially encouraged.
 
For more information, tickets, or to register as a performer, contact ARTFARM at (860) 346-4390 or email info@art-farm.org. Sponsor forms and performer guidelines can be downloaded at www.art-farm.org.
 
Proceeds from the Shakespeare Slam and Masked Ball support ARTFARM’s ninth season of Shakespeare in the Grove. This year’s Shakespeare production will be King Lear, presented outdoors at Middlesex Community College July 1727.
 
The Community Health Center is located at 675 Main Street in Middletown. 

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