lovin’ Shakespeare

Before I get started: THANK YOU, Kendall, for giving the Hawks the talking-to they deserve. Lord Almighty, what a waste of a halfway decent arena.

Speaking of Atlanta institutions: hey, look, the Georgia Shakespeare Festival is celebrating their 20th anniversary season! (I think that means it’s their 21st season.) They’re kicking off with “20 Days to Support 20 Years of Georgia Shakespeare,” but their list of events, which you might have received via email if you’re on their Yahoo! Group mailing list, is full of stuff like “Watch two versions of Romeo and Juliet” and “Buy us something.”

As a public service to play-loving Metrobloggers, I have below listed all the actual events of this celebration. As Gregg Easterbrook would say in his Tuesday Morning Quarterback column, this is an exclusive.

Today, May 25: Open rehearsal of A Streetcar Named Desire, 1-2 pm, and then lunch with the actors. Call the Conant Performing Arts Centre in a big fat hurry if you want to go.

Tomorrow, May 26: GSF cast and crew partying at Maggiano’s in Buckhead, with a special “themed martini”, from 5:30 pm onwards. Green-Eyed Monster Martini? Flowers for Falstaff? Bloody Agincourt Mary? Y’all will have to go to find out.

Saturday, May 28: If you go to the Children’s Museum today (near Centennial Olympic Park) and mention GSF, you get $1 off admission.

Tuesday, May 31: Meet the cast and crew of The Comedy of Errors and join them for lunch, starting at 10 am. Like the Streetcar rehearsal, you’re supposed to RSVP in advance for this.

Friday, June 3rd: Dramaturg Freddie Ashley talks about Streetcar, 1-2 pm. (In my experience, a dramaturg is the person who makes sure the play’s period details are correct, and does the appropriate research.) This one is followed by a brown-bag lunch with the actors. RSVP required, again.

Saturday, June 4th: “Taste of Brookhaven” at the Conant Performing Arts Center, 6-10 pm. Lots of local chefs. Advance tickets $25, at the door $30.

Monday, June 6th: “Our annual ‘Clean the Furniture Picnic.'” No, really, that’s what it’s called. 10 am-1 pm, and they give you lunch once everything’s clean. No RSVP needed for this one.

Tuesday, June 7th: Shakespeare Trivia Night at Meehan’s (the new Brookhaven Meehan’s, not the Alpharetta Meehan’s). All I say to this is: BRING IT, BITCHES. I’m already getting my team together.

Wednesday, June 8th: Previews start.

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