ESU Monmouth County NJ Branch

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The Monmouth County Branch of the ESU is planning several cultural opportunities for our members and guests.

Join us for food, good fellowship, and music at our annual traditional Christmas dinner at the Rumson Country Club the evening of December 2nd.

On February 19th, we will warm a winter afternoon with a talk on English gardens by Magda Salvesen, an art historian and the author of Exploring Gardens and Green Spaces, who has taught garden history at the New York Botanical Gardens and at New York University, and lectured at the Horticultural Society of New York.  Just in time to begin dreaming of our own spring time gardens, we may be inspired by this talk on the afternoon of February 19th, 2017.

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ESU Monmouth County Spring Tea

The ESU of Monmouth County, NJ, welcomes its 2018 Shakespeare competition winners as honored guests at our annual Spring Tea. The three winners are invited to give encores of their winning Shakespeare competition performances. ESU Monmouth branch members, winners, family members, friends, and all who attend will enjoy an English teatime menu of fine teas, scones, cakes and clotted cream, among other refreshments. The event is $20 for ESU members and $30 for non-members, payable at the event. Please contact the ESU if any questions: email .

Location: Bingham Hall, 40 Bingham Avenue, Rumson NJ 07760
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM EDT
Date: Sunday May 20, 2018


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Member Event: "I Hate Hamlet" at Monmouth Players

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Television actor Andrew Rally is terrified after his hit series ends. He relocates to New York and is cast in a Central Park stage production of "Hamlet." He doubts he can pull it off. Things turn freaky-funny when the ghost of actor John Barrymore appears in Andrew's apartment, wishing to coach him in the role. Add in a swooning girlfriend, a wacky real estate agent and a shrewd theatrical agent, and you've set the stage for a comedy of Shakespearian dimensions.

Tickets are only $20 per person, which includes a generous smorgasbord of desserts, coffee, tea, and snacks. To find out where and how to send payment, please email the ESU Monmouth County NJ Branch at .


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ESU Monmouth County Branch Welcomes New Board Member

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In November, 2017, the Monmouth County, NJ, Branch of the English Speaking Union welcomed new Board member Shelly Kennedy. Shelly, of Atlantic Highlands, NJ, has a background in community volunteering and also an interest in English language and culture. She works in information technology risk. In her spare time, she is a member of a poetry reading group and volunteers her time at a local theatre.



With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Samantha Siriani  from Port Monmouth, NJ, a student of Mary King at Red Bank Catholic School in Red Bank, placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th  annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Samantha previously won the ESU Monmouth County NJ Branch competition.

The winner of the 34th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Ogechi Egonu, representing the San Francisco Branch, received a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, VA, this summer.  Second place winner, Brandon Burk, from the Kentucky Branch, won a cash prize of $1,000 from The English-Speaking Union, while the third place winner, Trevon Wainwright, representing the Kansas City Branch of the ESU, received an award of $500 provided by The Shakespeare Society.

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Annual Shakespeare Competition for High School Students

On March 4th, students from thirteen New Jersey high schools assembled on the stage at Brookdale Community College's elegant Performing Arts Center for a competition that challenged their intellects and acting skills, the 27th annual Shakespeare Competition for high school students sponsored by the Monmouth County Branch of the English-Speaking Union.  The winner will go on to a national competition at Lincoln Center in New York (scheduled for April 29 - May 2, 2017), where the top prize will include an all-expenses paid scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center's Theater Camp in Staunton, VA, Summer 2017.

Each teen performed a sonnet and a speech from one of Shakespeare's plays, without costumes or props.  Their audience included teachers, parents, and members of the ESU, as well as four theater professionals who served as expert judges.

Third place went to Michael Aron from Neptune High School for his nuanced representation of Shylock from The Merchant of Venice.  Second place was taken by Justice Benjamin from Bloomfield Tech. for his dignified and outraged Coriolanus, from the play of the same name


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