OLIVE BRANCH and LAUREL CROWN II
Peace and War through Shakespeare’s Text
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. Students may audition to perform, but there are also roles for non-performers, so come one, come all!
THE SHARING: There will be a public performance of all of the Veterans’ hard work. Please join us and lay witness to this special event.
When: May 22, 2018
Where: The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Theatre, 7 South Calvert St, Baltimore, MD 21202
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.
The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is pleased to partner again this year with Vet Arts Connect (VAC), an initiative of The Institute for Integrative Health. VAC works to inspire veterans to connect with active engagement in art and nature experiences of their choice, in their local community, to improve their overall health and well-being. They believe that active engagement in arts and nature activities can be beneficial to the overall health and well-being of all veterans.
To learn more about this, VAC has decided to participate in this partnership with CSC. If you agree to participate in this free program VAC may ask you a few questions regarding your health before and after the engagement, as well as what you learned in the class.
Your information will be safeguarded using the latest security measures to ensure confidentiality. Your personal information will be anonymous and will not be shared with anyone. Vet Arts Connect is not part of the Veterans Administration (VA), nor will they share your personal information with the VA; they are an independent non-profit institution dedicated to promoting health and wellness.
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)
Questions? Contact The Studio staff here.
Gerrad Alex Taylor, Director, The Studio, 410.244.8571, ext. 108
Robby Rose, CSC’s Production and Education Assistant, 410.244.8571, ext. 114
Ron Heneghan, Director of Education, 410.244.8571, ext. 113.