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ESU Monmouth 60th Anniversary Celebration

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The ESU of Monmouth County celebrates its 60th anniversary this year! We are starting new programs and opening up new avenues of communication. Now is a great time to join or renew your membership. ESU members contribute both financially and personally to programs like our Shakespeare competition and our new English Conversation program which enrich the lives of people right here in our community. Additionally, members will enjoy special 60th Anniversary cultural and social events.


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ESU Monmouth Branch Spring Tea A Great Success

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ESU Monmouth Branch 2018 Shakespeare Competition Winners, from left: Devlin Stark, Christiana Akinsanme and Shea Grant

Everyone had a wonderful time at the ESU Monmouth County NJ Branch Spring Tea, held at Bingham Hall in Rumson, NJ May 20, 2018. The sun finally came out after several days of rain, making for a delightful afternoon. We were very honored to host as our special guests all three of our Shakespeare contest award-winners and their families: Devlin Stark, Shea Grant and Christiane. Refreshments included all the hot tea ☕️ you could drink, as well as assorted tea sandwiches, scones, and savory snacks. Desserts included a birthday cake for ESU Monmouth Board Member Harry Brady, as well as brownies, peanut butter fudge and chocolate and cream cookie sandwiches. More photos and details at our Facebook page at this link:


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ESU Monmouth Branch Visits Monmouth Players for "I Hate Hamlet"

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The cast of "I Hate Hamlet", a play by Paul Rudnik

On April 29, ten ESU Monmouth Branch members visited the Monmouth Players in Navesink, NJ, for the first-ever branch partner event there, a production of the comedy "I Hate Hamlet". The venue was sold-out and the play was very funny. Audience members laughed and chuckled throughout, as the actors unfolded the wacky story and zany antics of a crisis-riddled would-be Shakespearean actor (Andrew Rally), a formerly-alive actual Shakespearean actor (John Barrymore), and their friends. Hilarity ensued. The Monmouth Players venue is the former home of an early 20th-century automobile magnate which was then converted into a library and then adapted for theatre. Refreshments were delicious and ample, and also free with paid admission, a deal not seen anywhere else. We look forward to next season and additional successful partner events with Monmouth Players.


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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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The English-Speaking Union

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The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.

To find out more about our programs click here.