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The Shakespeare Society Celebrates Shakespeare's Birthday with a Marathon

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In honor of Shakespeare’s 445th birthday, The Shakespeare Society, under the guidance of Artistic Director Michael Sexton, is offering the public a free (that’s right, “FREE”) five hour marathon of “scenes, speeches, songs, film, commentary and more” on Sunday, April 26, 2009, 3:30-8:30PM at the Peter Norton Symphony Space, located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street in New York.

This is all about Shakespeare in New York, and the Shakespeare Society has its pick of talent in the “make it there” city. The impressive lineup includes Christian Camargo, who recently wowed in Theatre for a New Audience’s production of Hamlet; Kate Forbes, Juliet Rylance, and John Douglas Thompson of TFNA’s Othello; scene work with Michael Cumpsty and with Michael Cerveris; songs with mezzo-soprano Sarah Kleeman, and a slew of other actors, performers, students and educators participating in this extravaganza. Last year’s celebration bodes over 1200 in attendance, and this year’s marathon is not to be missed. will provide podcasts of the day's events.

The schedule of events can be found at

The Shakespeare Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the enjoyment, understanding, and appreciation of William Shakespeare's works through performance, commentary, and educational activities. A fundamental belief of the founders of The Shakespeare Society is that enjoying and understanding Shakespeare begins in the classroom; therefore, a portion of the Society's membership dollars is used to support educational activities in New York City schools.

For more information about this event and other events at The Shakespeare Society, contact (212) 967-6802 or go to


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