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Special note to Members of the Media:ISE's CURRENT Press Releases are now primarily found as seasonal releases connected to our "Big Yellow Button" programs showcased at the top of our home page.  Accordingly, our press releases are now categorized by type of program (Free summer festival, year-round fall-spring shows, or youth programs.)

  • There, you will find that ISE provides information for your use that is formatted in several ways.

  • At the top of these pages, you will find basic media release. 

  • In the middle of this page, you will find a composed press release story complete with quotes, plus a full schedule of events.

  • You will also find a list of interesting story ideas and angles.

  • Towards the end of these pages, you will find 3 "SHORT FORM" information pieces formatted for "blurbs", suitable for captions, calender listing, or other times when space for information is short. The blurbs summarize the information in 275 words, in under 100 words, and in about 50 words.  

  • However, below you will also find a more generic past release, and other past releases can be found below, too.
  • We hope this approach is helpful to you.  We are always glad to work with you in any way to assist you. 

  • Please feel free to contact us at any time - you can often receive an extremely prompt reply by contacting Robin or Lorenzo at 515 274 8989.

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Standard Press Release: Shakesperience Fest 2010

 

Arts & Entertainment, Special Interest news via IowaLink

 

(The Iowa Shakespeare Experience; 4/01/10)

 

MEDIA ADVISORY: Media leaders, we would appreciate your coverage of this story as it describes a major new cultural initiative which has received significant arts funding from the state of Iowa for the purpose of making an exciting new cultural offering available in our state's Capital, entirely free of charge to the public.

 

A visit to the Festival makes a great Iowa "Staycation" trip for the whole family. 

 

What: Shakesperience(tm) Festival 2010 - 4 nights of family-friendly, picnic-friendly, FREE, professional outdoor theatre under-the-stars, with pre-show concerts each night.  Funded in part by the Iowa Arts Council, Bravo Des Moines, and Greater Des Moines Community Foundation.

2010 Show Descirption:  A Midsummer Night's Dream Extravaganza with live music and lyrical dance; Shakespeare's beloved romantic comedy of lust, love and laughter in the wooded gardens of the King and Queen.  A Madcap adventure of midnight in the summer woods!

 

Where: Simon Estes Riverside outdoor Amphitheater, downtown Des Moines, Iowa  (with plenty of convenient, free parking)

 

When: July 16 through (and including) July 19, with July 20 as a raindate

 

Why: This festival has been made free to the public! The Festival consists of top regional actors performing in 4 free picnic-friendly presentations of Shakespeare’s most popular comedy: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Extravaganza.  The show is richly infused with live music and professional dance.

 

Shows are presented outdoors in a festive, European-style professional environment. The Festival includes many special activities and events, ranging from a Young Professional's evening to pre-show Director's Talks and post-show audience Talk-Backs, Wine Tastings, Sonnet Slams, Multi-cultural events, Youth Workshops, and much more - see http://www.absolutelywicked.org.

 

Among 2010 firsts are a five-fold expansion of FREE Shakesperience (tm) youth programs with Libraries all throughout Metro Des Moines, a new version of the Shakespeare on the Aire Radio Series (on DesMoinesLocalLive.com), and the ISE's highly acclaimed Shakespeare in Spanish program.

 

Bring your best bottle of wine and gourmet picnics! The tradition of making "Shakespeare night" the occasion for one's most elaborate picnic of the summer runs strong at Shakespeare festivals- with attendees bringing gourmet food items like chocolate-dipped strawberries or champagne, their best linen tablecloths, and sometimes even coming in costume. In a low-key contest, Shakesperience™ Fest organizers plan to reward those who really get in the "Shakespeare tailgating" spirit by escorting winners immediately to special VIP seating!

 

Who: Award-winning professional Iowa Actors, Musicians, Dancers - in association with The Iowa Shakespeare Experience non-profit, under partial public funding from the Iowa Arts Council, Bravo Greater Des Moines, and the Des Moines Community Foundation.

 

Rain? Picnic Indoors! Rain locations include the majestic, atmospheric "Secret Castle" room at the Masonic Rite Consistory in Downtown Des Moines. More information about rain plans available on the website. 

 

More info: http://www.absolutelywicked.org

 

Story ideas and Full Schedule of Events included below.

 

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A complete list of the many festival activities as well as dates and times can be found at

www.IowaShakespeare.org. Highlights are:

 

* Gates open at 6 for picnics; show time is at 8:15 pm -nightly pre and post show activities as follows:

 

* July 16  Pre-show Director’s Talk at 7:15 pm, Also, opening Night Drum Mini-Concert to summon the Fairy Kingdom: Drumming Concert from 7:00- 7:15 pm. Curtain at 8:15

 

* July 17 Pre-show Mini-Art Fair and Young Professional's Party; Post Show Audience Talk-back and “Moonlight Madness” Sonnet Slam!

 

* July 18: Pre-show Big Band Concert with Jim Oatts and the Des Moines Big Band (part of the Metro Arts Alliance Jazz-in-July concert series.  Also, Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie presents VIP night: "The King's Revel's" party takes place from 7:00 pm to 7:45.

 

* July 19 Family Night with Iowa Author Cynthia Mercati reading from her most recently published children’s book, “Shakespeare and Me”.  Also pre-show concert by the Belin String Quartet; featuring selections from classic musical works involving Shakespeare and a special children's interactive feature.  The Belin concert is followed by another pre-show mini concert by The Social Groove Community Drummers- kids of all ages are invited to come directly up to the stage to dance with the Drummers to summon up the Fairies!

 

* July 20: ALL dates above offer indoor location shows in the case of inclement weather, but we also provide this July 20 date as a raindate for an extra outdoor performance, if one of the other shows rains out.

 

See http://www.absolutelywicked.org/ for complete list of all Festival activities, social events, and enticing educational offerings.

 

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SHAKESPERIENCE(tm) FESTIVAL SCHEDULE 2010

 

FREE SHOWS (GATES OPEN AT 6PM FOR PICNICS)

 

July 16 – 19: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream Extravaganza” Pre-show begins at 8, Curtain at 8:15 

 

ALTERNATIVE RAIN LOCATIONS: Nightly, Call 515 274 8989 or check IowaShakespeare.org for more information in case of inclement weather.

 

RAINDATE (If any regularly scheduled show rains out) July 20 in Simon Estes Amphitheater.

 

FREE SPECIAL EVENTS:

 

July 16: FREE Opening Night Director's Talk with ISE Artistic Director Lorenzo Sandoval, MFA. Join Lorenzo at the shady south end of the Plaza from 7:15-7:45.

 

July 17: YOUNG PROFESSIONAL'S NIGHT. 

 

* FREE Jasper Wine Tasting night in our Plaza: discover a new favorite with this terrific local winery!

 

* FREE Grey Market Mini-Fair in our Plaza: browse a select group of hand-made and unique wares from some of the Metro's hottest up-and-coming designers of jewelry, clothing and art! Sip a Jasper wine as you have a chance to meet the artists and leisurely browse in this intimate "trunk show" of delights. 

 

* PLUS: Young Professionals Pre-show Party! Enjoy the river and the skyline as you never have before, during an on-stage Networking Social with appearances from some of the Cast. The modest fee includes drink tickets and delicious gourmet pizza --and will help benefit the Festival! Buy tickets at the door.

 

July 18: Mayor Frank Cownie presents: VIP Night!

 

VIP Party (open to the public) Support the Festival and mix and mingle: Don't miss our VIP Pre-show Cocktail Soiree! Join community and Festival VIPS before the show to enjoy elegant nibbles and intimate chats with the artists. 7:00-7:45pm. Tickets range from $40-$150 and may be purchased in advance or at the gates. Call 515 274 8989 for more information.

 

ALSO: SPECIAL PRE-SHOW BIG BAND CONCERT! The Des Moines Big Band will provide a special pre-show concert starting at 6:30 pm, featuring trumpet player and band leader Jim Oatts.

 

July 19:

 

FAMILY NIGHT! Iowa Author Cynthia Mercati reads from her recently published children’s book “Shakespeare and Me.” In the shady south end of the Plaza, 7:15.  Special Belin String Quartet pre-show concert, featuring an interactive children's segment.  And, after the String Quartet concert, kids of all ages are invited to the stage area to dance along with The Social Groove Drummers- a mini concert to summon the Fairy Kingdom!

 

FREE Metro Des Moines Public Library activities throughout June and July: Email Robin@IowaShakespeare.org for more information.

 

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STORY IDEAS:

 

Here are some special story ideas:

 

Babes and the Bard: Meet the lovely ladies of Shakesperience Fest, including our professional choreographer and ballerina Karina Barone from South America, veteran choreographer for the Des Moines Metro Opera and veteran of Television and the international stage.

 

*  Men in Tights: Meet the sexy heartthrobs of Shakesperience Fest!  Matt Wiggins (former Navy Officer and current Heavy Metal Rock band leader) plays one heck of a sexy King Oberon while singers Joe Parrish and John Spinks hold forth as the romantic young lovers!

 

* Costuming a Shakespeare show - my codpiece! my kingdom for my codpiece (an interview with our costumer)

 

* Multi-disciplinary Shakespeare- Shakespeare with music and dance!

 

* Shakespeare Tailgating – (or should we say:  Shakespeare TALE-gaiting!) -  Shakespeare Festival traditions all over the world call for taking a picnic to the Shakespeare show to be the night of "the best picnic ever!".  Multiple points of departure for picnic stories, including the "Foodie angle", picnic recipes, theme picnics, and beautiful photographs.  The Shakespeare Festival also features additional “foodie” angles which can accompany a picnic or gourmet focus- our Festival offers wine tasting with wines hand selected by members of one of the premiere wine clubs in the state with Jasper Winery wine (and hand-crafted beer) tastings every night. 

 

* Our Shakespeare Look-a-Like Story- the Bard Lives in West Des Moines! (No kidding, he really does look like the Bard- plus our lead actor brings 20 years of experience from New York's "Tin
Pan Alley")

 

* Multi-cultural Shakespeare: Our Artistic Director, Lorenzo Sandoval, is one of our state's leading minority artists; and there are many multi-cultural aspects to the story, such as our use of color blind casting; and our Shakespeare in Spanish programs

 

* Our under-30 artists 

 

* Choreographing Shakespeare  - the 2010 Festival features one entire story line (the Fairy Kingdom) told entirely in lyrical dance with professional choreography and dancers from Ballet Des Moines. 

 

* Creating a Shakespeare Festival- the public funding and grants behind the scenes

 

* Writing "original" Shakespeare - how one of Iowa's leading Playwrights (Iowa Writers Workshop MFA) mixes and matches original Shakespeare with a contemporary twist

 

* A "Talk like Shakespeare" story or side-bar: - Ask a date to the Festival like Shakespeare would have!

 

* Get Thee to the Funnery- a guide to Shakespearean insults, humor, manners, sex and romance.

 

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PHOTOS:

 

Photos available for download at http://www.link-line.com   or at www.IowaShakespeare.org .

List of Link-line photos with suggested captions and identification is fouind at very bottom of this webpage:

 

(Contact: Robin Heinemann, Executive Director, The Iowa Shakespeare Experience, Robin@IowaShakespeare.org; 515-274-8989)

 

 

Composed Story Press Release with Quotes:

For Immediate Release – April 1 2010

Contact:

Robin Heinemann

Executive Director

The Iowa Shakespeare Experience

Robin@IowaShakespeare.org

515-274-8989

SHAKESPERIENCE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Arts & Entertainment, Special Interest news via IowaLink 

(The Iowa Shakespeare Experience; 4/01/10)

MEDIA ADVISORY: Media leaders, we would appreciate your coverage of this story as it describes a major new cultural initiative which has received significant arts funding from the state of Iowa for the purpose of making an exciting new cultural offering available in our state's Capital, entirely free of charge to the public. 

A visit to the Festival makes a great Iowa "Staycation" trip for the whole family.  

What: Shakesperience(tm) Festival 2010 - 4 nights of picnic-friendly, FREE, professional outdoor theatre under-the-stars, with pre-show concerts each night.  Funded in part by the Iowa Arts Council, Bravo Des Moines, and Greater Des Moines Community Foundation. 

Where: Simon Estes Riverside outdoor Amphitheater, downtown Des Moines, Iowa 

When: July 16 through (and including) July 19, with July 20 as a raindate 

Why: This festival has been made free to the public! The Festival consists of top regional actors performing in 4 free picnic-friendly presentations of Shakespeare’s most popular comedy: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Extravaganza.  The show is richly infused with live music and professional dance. 

Shows are presented outdoors in a festive, European-style professional environment. The Festival includes many special activities and events, ranging from a Young Professional's evening to pre-show Director's Talks and post-show audience Talk-Backs, Wine Tastings, Sonnet Slams, Multi-cultural events, and much more - see http://www.absolutelywicked.org/

Who: Award-winning professional Iowa Actors, Musicians, Dancers - in association with The Iowa Shakespeare Experience non-profit, under partial public funding from the Iowa Arts Council, Bravo Greater Des Moines, and the Des Moines Community Foundation. 

Mainstage Play Description: The 2010 Shakesperience Festival MAINSTAGE SHOW is William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream Extravaganza (by William Shakespeare with adaptation by Lorenzo Sandoval, MFA.)  The show. a romanitic comedy, is perhaps the most beloved of all Shakespearean plays.  The play features the classic story of rebellious young lovers lost in an enchanted woods where mystery, magic and mayem abounds.  It is a story of "Lust, Love and Laughter in the enchanted forests of the King and Queen"

More Maintstage Play Description: We set this particular version of the Shakespeare's famous story on Shakespeare's traditional mythical island (an island he usually calls "Illyria"), which in this story is an island kingdom similar to today's kingdom of Monaco - a place where Kings, Queens and Dukes abound, and where palaces, gardens and enchanted woods are the lay of the land.  In our Illyria, classic manners and styles never go out of style- so our Fairy Kings and Queens are classic and also our Royal human characters are resplendent in the elegant, classic costuming of yesteryear:  Think: exquisitely glamourous ball gowns, white tie and tuxedo, and regal robes of an old black and white movie classic.  Similarly, the culture of Illyria is classic and music fills the air.  In Illyria, strains of Mendelssohn are as likely to be heard as are arias and tunes made famous in Old Hollywood movies.  In sum, our mythical island kingdom is not bound to any one particular time period, but rather celebrates all the old classics with joy and abandon!  This show is all the Shakespeare you remember- told in a fresh way you'll never forget!

Rain?: Picnic Indoors! Rain locations include the majestic, atmospheric "Secret Castle" room at the Masonic Rite Consistory in Downtown Des Moines. More information about rain plans available on the website.  

More info: http://www.absolutelywicked.org/ 

Full Schedule of Events included below. 

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THE STORY WITH QUOTES: 

FREE Shakesperience(tm) Festival in Des Moines this July! 

Outdoor theatre featuring Cool river breezes and picnics under the stars! Festival features musical appearance by Des Moines musical icon Tina Haase Findlay.

July 16 – July 19, Raindate is July 20 

Festival also features Shakesperience (tm) Youth Workshops and other Festival activities 

Brought to you by The Iowa Shakespeare Experience! 

IowaShakespeare.org 

"It's a hit! A palpable hit!" (W. Shakespeare, Hamlet) 

Bring your best bottle of wine and gourmet picnics to "Shakesperience(tm) Fest": Iowa's premiere festival of FREE outdoor theatre under the stars - this year returning to gorgeous Simon Estes Amphitheatre along the new Des Moines Riverwalk!  

Co-Executive Producers Lorenzo Sandoval, MFA and Robin Heinemann are very excited to return their Shakespearean theatre (popular for the past half-decade) to this special location. The grassy Amphitheater is largely mosquito-free (!) - and now theatre goers will enjoy a twinkling city skyline and cooling river breezes.  The enchanting, European-like setting is perfect, Producers point out, for the Producer's innovative, fresh interpretations of the best of the Bard.  

Lorenzo Sandoval notes: "Its a magical evening in a simply beautiful venue - -where there is literally "no bad seat in the house!" He continues: "Seeing Shakespeare in the riverside amphitheater with a picnic and a cool river breeze is such a great slice of summer! The event has a very European flavor- which we accentuate with tents and special lighting- all set against the twinkling Capital City skyline!" 

The Festival’s location also offers plenty of convenient free parking, as well as various new Festival amenities such as special wine offerings hand-selected by one of the city’s most elite Wine Clubs, fun pre-show Activities, post-show audience Talk Backs- even a Sonnet Slam and a post-show Young Professionals Cast Party and Dance Soiree! 

Outdoor summer theatre "under-the-stars" is a seasonal tradition enjoyed by people all over the world. Shakesperience(tm) Fest is now one of Iowa's largest outdoor theatre events. Says Robin Heinemann: "Our 2010 show will be particularly exciting! We call it ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream Extravaganza’ because in one single show, audiences will be able to enjoy all the many different ways this beloved story has been told- from spoken dialogue to song to dance.  Set romantically in a Monaco-like Dukedom, the show’s classic music will be a perfect complement to this favorite story.  Would you like to swing on a star- carry moonbeams home in a jar?  Then don’t miss this terrific show – its all the Shakespeare you remember- told in a special fresh way you will never forget.”

Heinemann continues: "Our ability to make our shows FREE is another important element of this Festival.  The free offerings are reflective of all the terrific grant and other community support we have been receiving. Thanks go to Metro Arts Alliance, Bravo Greater Des Moines, Iowa Arts Council, the MacDonald Memorial Fund/Greater Des Moines Community Foundation, the City of Des Moines, McLellan Marketing Group, Cityview, and many, many others." 

But it doesn't stop there. There still many other firsts for the 2010 season of The Iowa Shakespeare Experience. 

Among other 2010 firsts are a five-fold expansion of FREE Shakesperience (tm) youth programs with Libraries all throughout Metro Des Moines, a new version of the Shakespeare on the Aire Radio Series (on DesMoinesLocalLive.com), and the ISE's highly acclaimed Shakespeare in Spanish program. 

This year, the Producers expect to see even more of the Festival's hallmark "picnics with panache". The tradition of making "Shakespeare night" the occasion for one's most elaborate picnic of the summer runs strong at Shakespeare festivals- with attendees bringing gourmet food items like chocolate-dipped strawberries or champagne, their best linen tablecloths, and sometimes even coming in costume. In a low-key contest, Shakesperience™ Fest organizers plan to reward those who really get in the "Shakespeare tailgating" spirit by escorting winners immediately to special VIP seating! "We brake for Candelabras!" chuckles Heinemann. "And men in tights - or women in Renaissance dress - -always catch our eye!" 

But from his vantage point as the Festival's Artistic Director, Sandoval feels that perhaps the most exciting new 2010 development is the incredible combination of talent and interdisciplinary art that this particular show will offer: "This year, there will be a magical blend of the art forms of Shakespearean text and verse, music, and lyrical dance. In fact, an entire story line – the romance of Faery Queen Tatania and Faery King Oberon – will be told entirely in dance!  Given how exciting our shows always are, these added elements are sure to both please and captivate newcomers as well as the theatre aficionado." 

A complete list of the many festival activities as well as dates and times can be found at Iowa Shakespeare.org. Highlights are 

Gates open at 6 for picnics; show time is at 8:15 pm -nightly pre and post show activities as follows:

July 16  Pre-show Director’s Talk at 7:15 pm, Also, opening Night Drum Mini-Concert to summon the Fairy Kingdom: Drumming Concert from 7:00- 7:15 pm. Curtain at 8:15

July 17 Pre-show Mini-Art Fair and Young Professional's Party; Post Show Audience Talk-back and “Moonlight Madness” Sonnet Slam! 

July 18: Pre-show Big Band Concert with Jim Oatts and the Des Moines Big Band (part of the Metro Arts Alliance Jazz-in-July concert series.  Also, Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie presents VIP night- "The King's Revel's" party takes place from 7:00 pm to 7:45.

July 19 Family Night with Iowa Author Cynthia Mercati reading from her most recently published children’s book, “Shakespeare and Me”.  Also pre-show concert by the Belin String Quartet; featuring selections from classic musical works involving Shakespeare and a special children's interactive feature.  The Belin concert is followed by another pre-show mini concert by The Social Groove Community Drummers- kids of all ages are invited to come directly up to the stage to dance with the Drummers to summon up the Fairies!

July 20: ALL dates above offer indoor location shows in the case of inclement weather, but we also provide this July 20 date as a raindate for an extra outdoor performance, if one of the other shows rains out.

Both Heinemann and Sandoval note that among all the exciting new developments that have gone into creating a regional Shakespeare Festival for the Metro, one thing remains a constant: 

"We don't do 'yer run of the mill’ Shakespeare," says the couple. They emphasize that Iowa Shakespeare Experience specializes in creating Shakespearean drama that everyone can relate to. Shows use professional actors and are rich with song, live music and sizzling choreography. So don't miss joining The Iowa Shakespeare Experience in this "best of summer" tradition enjoyed all around the world." 

See http://www.absolutelywicked.org/ for complete list of all Festival activities, social events, and enticing educational offering. 

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SHAKESPERIENCE(tm) FESTIVAL SCHEDULE 2010

FREE SHOWS (GATES OPEN AT 6PM FOR PICNICS) 

July 16 – 19: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream Extravaganza” Pre-show begins at 8, Curtain at 8:15  

ALTERNATIVE RAIN LOCATIONS: Nightly, Call 515 274 8989 or check IowaShakespeare.org for more information in case of inclement weather. 

RAINDATE (If any regularly scheduled show rains out) July 20 in Simon Estes Amphitheater. 

FREE SPECIAL EVENTS: 

July 16: FREE Opening Night Director's Talk with ISE Artistic Director Lorenzo Sandoval, MFA. Join Lorenzo at the shady south end of the Plaza from 7:15-7:45. 

July 17: YOUNG PROFESSIONAL'S NIGHT.  

* FREE Jasper Wine Tasting night in our Plaza: discover a new favorite with this terrific local winery! 

* FREE Grey Market Mini-Fair in our Plaza: browse a select group of hand-made and unique wares from some of the Metro's hottest up-and-coming designers of jewelry, clothing and art! Sip a Jasper wine as you have a chance to meet the artists and leisurely browse in this intimate "trunk show" of delights.  

* PLUS: Young Professionals Pre-show Party! Enjoy the river and the skyline as you never have before, during an on-stage Networking Social with appearances from some of the Cast. The modest fee includes drink tickets and delicious gourmet pizza --and will help benefit the Festival! Buy tickets at the door. 

July 18: Mayor Frank Cownie presents: VIP Night!

VIP Party (open to the public) Support the Festival and mix and mingle: Don't miss our VIP Pre-show Cocktail Soiree! Join community and Festival VIPS before the show to enjoy elegant nibbles and intimate chats with the artists. 7:00-7:45pm. Tickets range from $40-$150 and may be purchased in advance or at the gates. Call 515 274 8989 for more information. 

ALSO: SPECIAL PRE-SHOW BIG BAND CONCERT! The Des Moines Big Band will provide a special pre-show concert starting at 6:30 pm, featuring trumpet player and band leader Jim Oatts.

July 19: 

FAMILY NIGHT! Iowa Author Cynthia Mercati reads from her recently published children’s book “Shakespeare and Me.” In the shady south end of the Plaza, 7:15.  Special Belin String Quartet pre-show concert, featuring an interactive children's segment.  And, after the String Quartet concert, kids of all ages are invited to the stage area to dance along with The Social Groove Drummers- a mini concert to summon the Fairy Kingdom!

FREE Metro Des Moines Public Library activities throughout June and July: Email Robin@IowaShakespeare.org for more information. 

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STORY IDEAS:

Here are some special story ideas: 

*  Babes and the Bard: Meet the lovely ladies of Shakesperience Fest, including our professional choreographer and ballerina Karina Barone from South America, veteran choreographer for the Des Moines Metro Opera and veteran of Television and the international stage. 

*  Men in Tights: Meet the sexy heartthrobs of Shakesperience Fest!  Matt Wiggins (former Navy Man and current Heavy Metal Rock band leader) plays one neck of a sexy King Oberon while singers Joe Parrish and John Spinks hold forth as the romantic young lovers!

* Costuming a Shakespeare show - my codpiece! my kingdom for my codpiece (an interview with our costumer) 

* Multi-disciplinary Shakespeare- Shakespeare with music and dance! 

* Shakespeare Tailgating - "TALE" Gaiting!) The night of "the best picnic ever!" - including the "Foodie angle" - picnic recipes, wines hand selected by members of one of the premiere wine clubs in the state; jasper winery wine tasting night 

* Our Shakespeare Look-a-Like Story- the Bard Lives in West Des Moines! (No kidding, he really does look like the Bard- plus our lead actor brings 20 years of experience from New York's "tin pan alley")

* Our Artistic Director, Lorenzo Sandoval, is one of our state's leading minority artists; - many multi-cultural aspects to the story, such as our use of color blind casting; our Shakespeare in Spanish programs 

* Our under-30 artists  

* Choreographing Shakespeare  

* Creating a Shakespeare Festival- the public funding and grants behind the scenes 

* Writing "original" Shakespeare - how one of Iowa's leading Playwrights (Iowa Writers Workshop MFA) mixes and matches original Shakespeare with a contemporary twist 

* A "Talk like Shakespeare" story or side-bar: - Ask a date to the Festival like Shakespeare would have!

* Get Thee to the Funnery- a guide to Shakespearean insults, humor, manners, sex and romance. 

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PHOTOS:

Photos available for download at http://www.link-line.com/  or at IowaShakespeare.org.

(Contact: Robin Heinemann, Executive Director, The Iowa Shakespeare Experience, and Co-Producer, Shakesperience™ Fest, 515-274-8989, Robin@IowaShakespeare.org. 

 

 

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Approx 275 Word Release

For Immediate Release – April 1 2010

Contact:

Robin Heinemann

Executive Director

The Iowa Shakespeare Experience

Robin@IowaShakespeare.org

515-274-8989

 

 

R U Shakesperienced?

 

Shakesperience™ Festival 2010

July 16-July 19, July 20 is Raindate

 

      Organizer’s say: “Bring your best bottles of wine, gourmet picnics, and friends or family to the first annual Shakesperience™ Fest: live, professional theatre under the stars! A magical tradition enjoyed all around the world, its absolutely FREE!

     “The “best night of summer”, this is the place to picnic with panache (Candlelabra welcome!), roar with laugher at Shakespeare’s most famous comedy– or be moved to tears by a show featuring one of the most famous love stories of all time.  The Iowa Shakespeare Experience specializes in shows you can relate to.  

     Co-producers Robin Heinemann and Lorenzo Sandoval note that in 2010 they will present: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream Extravaganza” by William Shakespeare (Adaptation by Lorenzo Sandoval, MFA).  The producers note :this is not ‘yer Grandma’s Shakespeare!’.  Instead, this is all the Shakespeare you remember- told in a fresh new way you will never forget.  Our version features professional choreography and also live music, featuring award-winning headliner Tina Haase Findlay.  So in this single show, you will see ALL the ways this story has been told: through dance, music and script. 

     The producers point out that: “ As the area’s best Shakespeare for six years, this our summer shows again don’t require tickets -and return to beautiful Simon Estes Amphitheater on the downtown Des Moines Riverwalk.  There, a twinkling skyline, cool river breezes, and ‘no bad seats in the house’ views foster a relaxed, enchanting evening.  Free Director’s Talks, a Family Night or pre/post show parties round out 4 Festival nights.  Free pre-show concerts EACH night. We also offer affordable VIP tents for private gatherings. Especially stylish picnics or costumed groups may win on-the-spot premiere seating passes. 

 Gates open at 6 for pre-show concerts, Directors talks, and art exhibits. Full schedule, youth programming, and showtimes available at IowaShakespeare.org.  FREE, but reserved VIP seats are available.  Showtime at 8:15 pm nightly.

 

 

 

 

Approx 80  Word Release (Blurb)

For Immediate Release – April 1 2010

Contact:

Robin Heinemann

Executive Director

The Iowa Shakespeare Experience

Robin@IowaShakespeare.org

515-274-8989

 

Downtown Des Moines’ “Shakesperience™ Festival” returns FREE professional theatre-under-the-stars to riverside Simon Estes Amphitheater with the 2010 show “A Midsummer Night’s Dream Extravaganza”, featuring live music and sizzling dance. At 8:15 pm July 16-July 19 (July 20 is Raindate), organizers invite you to treat yourself to “all the Shakespeare you remember- told so freshly you’ll never forget!” Gates open at 6:00 pm for nightly pre-show concerts and picnics – candlelabras welcome!  See IowaShakespeare.org for info on Director’s Talks, parties, Family night, FAQs.  

FREE, but reserved seats are avaialbe at Midwestix.com.


 VERY SHORT CAPTION OR LISTING: (Approx 50 words)

Bring wine and picnics to the breezy downtown Des Moines riverwalk to catch FREE professional theatre-under-the-stars at Shakesperience Fest, presenting "A Midsummer Night's Dream Extravaganza" with live music and dance from July 16-19th.  Gates open at 6:00 for nightly pre-show concerts, parties and activities, curtain is at 8:15.  FREE, but reserved seats /private tents available. www.IowaShakespeare.org.

PHOTOS:  J.PEG:

PHOTOS IDENTIFIED WITH CAPTIONS:

To Download, Go to www.Link-Line.com. Enter The Iowa Shakespeare Experience in Search function.

Captions and identification information is below.  Identification is left to right unless otherwise indicated. 

ALL photos are of iconic scenes from the Festival or of iconic, famous Shakespearean scenes or characters and in that sense, all photos are "evergreen" and can be used in any year.  However, photos specific to certain shows are also identified.

EVERGREEN PHOTOS APPLICABLE GENERALLY TO FESTIVAL:

Crowd Picnics

CROWD SCENE: The "Crowd Picnic" photo gives a visual sense of how popular the festival is.

Lady Olivia and Fool

PLAY SCENE:  The "Lady Olivia" photo shows a scene from Twelfth Night.  Aaron Smith portrays the character known as The Fool, who interacts with Lady Olivia, played by Jami Bassman - as he tries to make her smile.

Matt Shrew and Jami Trevino

PLAY SCENE:  A sexy scene from Taming of the Shrew, where Petrouchio (Matt Wiggins) tries to "tame" Kate (Jami Bassman)

Sexy Amanda and Man in Boater

PICNIC SCENE: Amanda Mullen and John Zickefoose demonstrate the fine art of "picnics with panache" often seen at Shakesperience Fest, where a Festival motto is: "We brake for candlelabra!"

Night Scene

TERRIFIC GENERAL FESTIVAL SCENE:  Dramatic nighttime photo of our stage during the show; onstage front center are Aaron Smith playing "Puck" and John Zickefoose as "Sir John Falstaff".  Visible to the left is Dan Chase, watching the scene as "Pistol".  To the right is the Tina Haase Findlay orchestra. 

Puck and his dancer

DANCE SCENE:  Puck (Aaron Smith) and a dancer show that "Shakespeare is a Kick" as Shakesperience Fest takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the Bard - Shakespearean verse is enriched with music and dance.

Picnicking

PICNIC SCENE:  Picnic with Panache at Shakespearean Fest, as demonstrated by Lady Amanda(Amanda Mullen), John Zickefoose as William Shakespeare, and Shakesperience Festival Artistic Director Lorenzo Sandoval.

Puck and Olivia

RENNAISSANCE MEETS 2010:  A most contemporary Puck (Aaron Smith) holds the very flower of the Rennassaince (Lady Amand, portrayed by Amanda Mullen) in his lap. 

Photos for 2010:

Karina Fairy/Midsummer:  Fairy in Tree

MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM 2010: Fairy Queen Tatania (Ballerina Karina Barone) in Tree with King Theseus (Lorenzo Sandoval)

Fabu/Midsummer: Fairy Queen Theatrical: 

MIDSUMMER NOGHTS DREAM 2010: Fairy Queen Tatania (Ballerina Karina Barone) with King Theseus (Lorenzo Sandoval) with black theatrical background

Fairy Karina/Midsummer Fairy Queen and King natural: 

MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM 2010: Fairy Queen Tatania (Ballerina Karina Barone) with King Theseus (Lorenzo Sandoval) with natural background