Watch for an email announcement of each event

March 12, 2017
For fun, meet a local author at Books, Authors & You. Dr. Sam Thomas discusses his five book series, 
The Midwife's Tale. History with mystery! 
Hermit Club. 2 pm.  Hors d'oeuvres. 

March 20, 2017  
Board meeting. New location TBA.  
March 26, 2017
Quire Cleveland's Pre-Concert Presentation of the St. Matthew Passion. These Friends of ESU do extraordinary choral work during the Easter season. Conductor Ross Duffin also authored "Shakespeare's Songbook". 
April 1, 2017 
All City Shakespeare Festival at Westlake High School. 

April 9, 2017
 Meet local author D.M. Pulley to discuss her adventure mysteries The Dead Key and The Buried Book. Hermit Club. 2 pm.  Hors d'oeuvres. 
April 27, 2017
Christine McBurney, Shaker Heights teacher, will discuss her training at Shakespeare's Globe Theater on a grant from ESU.  Michaelangelo's Restaurant in Little Italy. 
May 2, 2017 
National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. Prize is a scholarship for study in London. Emily Schordock, Westlake High School, will represent ESU-Cleveland. 
May 15, 2017 
Board meeting
June 25, 2017 
Annual meeting of ESU-Cleveland at the Westwood Country Club.  
July 21, 2017 
Midsummer Night's Dream party at the Botanical Gardens.


Great Lakes Theater will bring Shakespeare to thousands of students. 

* In schools: GLT Actor-Teachers will visit about 100 schools, comprising over 15,000 students, to engage students in acting out Shakespeare. Actors will provide scripts, props and costumes. Sword fighting included. Once kids are on their feet, old Billy Shakespeare comes alive! It's all about who wants what. 

*  Busloads of students to visit the theater. The younger generations will see Hamlet in March, performed at Playhouse Square thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts's program, Shakespeare in American Communities. The $1 million in grants has been distributed to 40 professional theater companies across the country. 

Quire Cleveland. Voice is a musical instrument. Quire is superb in its presentations of historic vocal music. Ross Duffin, the director, presented the music of Shakespeare's plays last summer at the Cleveland Public Library. Duffin authored a book about music intertwined with Shakespeare's plays and offered a CD of selections. Quire invites you to it's four concerts this season. They are free! Look for 

Shakespeare Seminar presentations were made in 2016 to ESU-Cleveland by our friends:

* Ohio Shakespeare Festival  OSF recently found a permanent home at Greystone Hall, previous home of Actors' Summit, in Akron. Also performs summers at Stan Hywet Hall. 

* Shakespeare at the Castle (University of Mount Union)

* Oberlin Drama at Grafton Correctional Center

* Actors' Summit Theater  Closing the curtain on 17 seasons upon the retirement of the husband-and-wife leaders, Neil Thackaberry and MaryJo Alexander. Need scripts? The collection is available at Half Price Books, Mayfield Heights.) 

Cleveland Public Library locally hosted the national tour of Shakespeare's First Folio. Photos of the Cleveland event will be displayed at the Folger Institute in Washington DC in November-December 2016.

Maureen Dowd, political humorist, loves Shakespeare. "I studied Shakespeare in college." At times she refers to the Bard's themes when she writes about who is doing what to whom in Washington. 

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