For U.S. Veterans and Supporters

Peace and War through Shakespeare’s Text

Coming in early 2018.  Please contact Gerrad Taylor, Director, The Studio, for information.  

OLIVE BRANCH and LAUREL CROWN COURSE:   Acting ensemble workshop for U.S. veterans and all who support their service

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Participants will explore themes of peace and war in Shakespeare’s plays and develop personal presentations based on their own experiences. They’ll perform contemporary dramatic and comedic scenes. With CSC Teaching Artist Alexandra Hewett, students will focus on awareness of the physical and vocal aspects of theatre and performing as a unit. No acting experience is needed.  Course students may audition to perform, but there are also roles for non-performers, so come one, come all!

BALTIMORE (October 2, 2017) –  Following the success of its 2017 acting ensemble workshop for U.S. veterans, The Studio at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company will continue offering this unique course. 

Participants will explore themes of peace and war in Shakespeare’s plays, as well as their own personal expressions of their experiences of war and peace.  The course will culminate in a moving public performance for family, friends, and guests.  No acting experience is needed.  Enrollment is open to U.S. veterans from all branches and years of service, and all who are supporters of the veterans’ service to our country.

The course will examine the text, emotional context, issues, and themes in some of Shakespeare’s best-known history plays with plots involving war and peace. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind learning experience with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s Teaching Artist Alexandra Hewett, who brings a background in psychotherapy to her work using the performing arts as a positive force of personal expression.

In equal rank with the best govern’d nation;
That war, or peace, or both at once, may be
As things acquainted and familiar to us. (2 Henry IV)