Sunday, February 26, 2012

Join us and bring your friends to
Read Shakespeare Aloud
with Camaraderie and Potluck ! ! !
Clifford Schwartz (MA.) conducts Experiential Shakespeare Workshops 
with Camaraderie, Serious Investigation & Intellectual Pleasure, based on the Simple Act of Reading Aloud.

No experience is necessary! This is an afternoon to be enjoyed by anyone yearning to “play” big, juicy, famous Shakespearean characters. Each participant will receive a new role assignment at the beginning of each new act, and both small and mid-sized parts will be available.
Those with all levels of familiarity with Shakespeare are welcome. Beginners will learn from the more knowledgeable participants. Everyone will have opportunities to rest and just listen. We will pause to discuss Shakespeare’s language as we go along. The pace of the reading will flow successfully throughout the afternoon as we hold a balance between discussion and digression.

Raise a hand when you don’t get it!” is The Golden Rule!
The Shakesperience! Season for AD 2012
Monthly Facilitated Reading Workshops / Same Berkeley Location & Format

Sunday April 29, 2012 : " Twelfth Night",
by William Shakespeare

Sunday May 20, 2012 : " The Merchant of Venice ",
by William Shakespeare

Sunday June 3, 2012 : " MacBeth ",
by William Shakespeare
A Special Workshop at Stanford University!
Sunday JUNE 24, 2012 :" Measure For Measure ",
by William Shakespeare

Sunday July 22, 2012: " Much Ado About Nothing ",
by William Shakespeare

Sunday August 26, 2012 : " A Midsummer Night's Dream ",
by William Shakespeare

Sunday September 23, 2012 : " Romeo &  Juliet ",
by William Shakespeare

Sunday OCTOBER 28, 2012 : "MacBeth", by William Shakespeare
The Annual Traditional Macbeth Shakesperience! for Halloween!

Sunday November 18, 2012 : " The Tempest ",
by William Shakespeare

Sunday December 16, 2012 : " The Winter's Tale ",
by William Shakespeare

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A personal message from Clifford Schwartz :

Shakesperience! is dedicated to the memory of
Victoria Maki (1952—2011)
who stimulated the Original MacBeth Reading which took place in October, 1983. One day Victoria telephoned Clifford with an idea:"I want people to read Shakespeare to me all afternoon while I work on my quilting project. Can you help me find people to do this?"
The friends who showed up for the October 1983 MacBeth reading had so much fun that they unanimously declared, "Let's do it again next month!" That first Shakespeare Reading club went on through 1984, and inspired Clifford to give birth to later versions in 1986, 1992, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2009, and now!
All this has slowly evolved into Clifford's Lifework:To organize ordinary people from all walks and stages of human life

to Read Shakespeare Aloud All Day Long.

* These workshops will hold a maximum of 20 participants. To ensure as many people who wish to attend will have that opportunity, we ask that your intention is to honor your RSVP. If you need to cancel, please do so as far in advance as possible so we can add an eager playreader from the waiting list.
* If the workshop is full when you call or email to RSVP, ask us to put you on the waiting list!
* Please keep in mind there will be no kitchen facilities available to prepare, cook or reheat dishes.
* We respectfully ask that you not wear heavy fragrance.
* These workshops are child-friendly.
Special arrangements can be made for mature children aged 6th grade or older to participate. The child should already have discovered Shakespeare in school or summer camp and loved it! An adult must attend the workshop with the child, and both child and adult must first pass a telephone interview with Clifford Schwartz. For details and to schedule an interview please contact Clifford Schwartz .

Workshop facilitated by Clifford Schwartz, MA
Hostess: Virginia Hollins Davidson
Assistance & Support: Cristina Baggese


Clifford Schwartz describes
his facilitation work for Shakesperience! :

Over time I have developed a special format which allows me to facilitate a day of learning and growing with reading Shakespeare aloud for whoever may participate. Shakespeare beginners, Shakespeare aficionados, the Shakespeare-curious or the Shakespeare-shy all explore together under my direction as I blend just enough of what Shakespeare actors may do in rehearsal with just enough of what a Shakespeare professor may do in an academic setting.
Unlike passively sitting in a theatre watching a performance, we ourselves make Shakespeare jump off the page. Unlike studying Shakespeare in school, we avoid homework, deadlines, essays, exams, and lonely hours of solitary study. Instead, we finish the day with an entire unabridged Shakespeare play living clearly in our imagination, and we cherish the connections that spring from our teamwork investigation into Shakespeare’s words.
When you arrive I’ll welcome you with details of my special format. It goes far beyond the “round-robin reading circle” that many of us grew up with. I will have prepared precise notes for myself on the Shakespeare play chosen, and these notes will enable me to bring out from Shakespeare’s page whatever you will need to savor the afternoon.
I’m looking forward to meeting you!

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