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from
The Iowa Shakespeare Experience


SUMMER ENTERAINMENT 2013
DES MOINES, IOWA


It's Picnic Basket Time with FREE

Theatre-under-the-Stars!

Iowa's FREE award-winning Shakespeare Festival
heads into its second decade!
 
Presenting
Shakesperience Festival of the Classical Performing Arts

Featuring the 2014 Mainstage Play
Tempestuous, an original ISE music and dance filled adaptation of The Tempest by William Shakespeare
~ a magic-infused tale of love, revenge, reconciliation and wizardry on an island in the sea ~


Useful Materials For Media:

 

Short blurbs, Mini-story format, plus
Full Press Release
 

This season's story ideas, and where to go for 24 hr downloadable photos!

 

ISE 24 hour media contact:

Robin Heinemann, Executive Director or Lorenzo Sandoval, Artistic Director

PRIMARY: RobinHeinemann.Pres@Gmail.com

SECONDARY: Lorenzo_Sandoval@hotmail.com

PRIMARY PHONE: 515 274 8989; reachable here 24 hours but most easily reached during daily morning office hours 7:30 am - 9 or 10am.  

LIMITED CELL: 515 803 7153

PHOTOS: A wide variety of JPEG photos are available for immediate use. Download at http://www.link-line.com. At Link-Line, simply enter "The Iowa Shakespeare Experience" in the search function and you will go immediately to our site- scroll about half way down for evergreen photos.  Full identification of people in the Link-line photos (plus suggested explanatory photo captions) is found on this page, scrolling to the bottom, at PHOTO INFO, below.

NOTE ISE OFFICES CLOSE SHORTLY AFTER THE FESTIVAL THROUGH EARLY SEPTEMBER FOR ANNUAL HIATUS;

only limited email and phone contact available during this time. 

 


 

 

Useful Materials Packet For Media:

 

Short blurbs, Mini-story format, plus
Full Press Release

This season's story ideas, famous quotes,

plus photos!

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CURRENT PRESS INFORMATION:
Blurbs (98, 154 words) and

Mini story (480 words)
plus
Full Press Release

 

SHORT BLURBS FOR MEDIA

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Mini-Story - About 400 words plus Sidebars:

 

Organizers say: “It's the best night of summer! Bring wine, your fanciest “old school” gourmet picnics (candelabra welcome!), and friends or family to downtown Des Moines annual Shakesperience™ Festival of the Classical Performing Arts for a great line up of professional shows presented in mid-June, with “under the stars” outdoor style.

Presented by the Iowa Shakespeare Experience (ISE), the 2014 season features “Tempestuous” an original ISE adaptation of one of Shakespeare's most famous romantic adventure stories, The Tempest. The Iowa Shakespeare Experience specializes in presenting these works in ways you can relate to - -and of the Tempest organizers say: “It's a love story that's been a hit for over 400 years ...complete with Wizardry Magic, Dastardly Deeds- and one heck of a Stormy Sea!”

 

Says Director Lorenzo Sandoval: “With an ending that is thought to contain Shakespeare's own final farewell to the stage, the masterwork Tempest touches hearts – the “stuff that dreams are made on”. There's a charming romance, but beyond that, the story truly celebrates our better angels of forgiveness and reconciliation. This show also has a spectacular relationship to the imagination – it is set on a magical island in the sea complete with nymphs and one of literature's most famous monsters, Caliban, who mirrors certain aspects of the monster in us. So it bears mentioning that this year we are having great fun with Caliban – we'll be presenting him as a two-headed, four-limbed being who has both masculine and feminine qualities. We are also setting the show outside of time; it will have a different look to it than any other ISE show has had- - in fact, we join Miranda in saying:”Oh wonder, how many goodly creatures are there here- oh brave new world that has such people in it.”


Outdoor summer theatre is “best of summer” tradition enjoyed all over the world. Shakesperience Fest shines with European-style amenities and Festival organizers encourage “picnics with panache”.

Say organizers: “Make a night of it! Feel free to break out your Candelabra, your best linens, or even come in Themed Costumes – but whatever you do, don't miss this chance to see free live professional theatre on a major outdoor stage – its an experience you'll never forget!”. So Festival Organizers Robin Heinemann and Lorenzo Sandoval invite attendees to roar with laughter at some of the world’s most famous comedic lines– or be moved to tears by the most famous love stories of all time.

Audiences will also enjoy tastes of other fine arts beside theatre, all performed al fresco. Because in 2013 to celebrate the festival's fifth anniversary, Shakesperience Fest expanded into showcasing not just Shakespeare, but also the other art forms which he so influenced, such as Ballet, Poetry and String Quartet, and in 2014, especially Opera. (See sidebar for more information on the 2014 show.) Now known as Shakesperience Festival of the Classical Performing Arts, this unique fine arts festival presents “all the classics you remember- so freshly told, you’ll never forget!”

With significant new support in 2014 from the Iowa Arts Council and the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Iowa Shakespeare Experience shows feature lush costumes and often-extravagant special effects, presented in a festive environment that includes varied special amenities such as Wine Tents, Art Markets, and pre-show Concerts, along with special events such as ice-cream socials or post -show Talk Back discussions with the Actors.



SIDEBAR - THE DETAILS:

  • Shakesperience Festival of the Classical Performing Arts presents FREE Mainstage shows on Wednesday (Preview Night) through Friday, June 11-13. Other shows listed on website as applicable. Most Festival Gates open at 6pm for picnics, with mainstage showtimes (“curtain”) around sunset at 8pm.

  • Primary Venue: ISE's mainstage, located in downtown Des Moines's hip East Village on the breezy Riverwalk in Simon Estes Amphitheater, hosts the free theatre performances.

  • Secondary Satellite Venues: Other satellite pop-up stages feature various shows that take place all over the Metro, often on the lawn of area mansions such as historic Jordan House in West Des Moines. Pop up events TBA in late May; these are either free or ticketed.

  • For all shows, bring lawn chairs or blankets; VIP seating at cafe tables or in tents purchased via Midwestix.org is also available for most Festival events.

  • A week-long summer camp class for youth is also offered in collaboration with Gateway Dance Theatre, along with a multi-cultural workshop for youth to be held on the grounds of the Des Moines Latino Museum.

  • More detail on all festival elements at the new website underway at www.IowaShakespeare.org.



SIDEBAR - ABOUT THE TEMPEST AND ISE's TEMPETUOUS:

As one of Shakespeare's most famous lines from The Tempest is penned: “We are such stuff as dreams are made on.” 2014 festival attendees will enjoy ISE's original professional interpretation of one of Shakespeare's most famous comedic love stories, The Tempest - a dreamy, magic-infused tale of love, revenge, reconciliation and wizardry on an island in the sea.

  • Fun Fact 2014: A special feature of ISE's unique presentation of this famous play is an exceptionally creative presentation of the play's famous magical monster, Caliban- who in ISE's 2014 telling of the tale, will appear as a two-headed Magical Being with 8 arms and legs.

  • Interpretation: Artistically, ISE's 2014 show will play up the magical, dream-ridden qualities of The Tempest by setting the play entirely outside of time, in a dancer-esque world of rich color that focuses on the love and reconciliation elements of this story. For 2014, ISE Artistic Director Lorenzo Sandoval was inspired by Shakespeare's ability to bring hope and joy into even the most troubled world. Accordingly, this year Sandoval takes a cue from recent presentations of Shakespeare in the barren refugee camps in Jordan, where Syrian children performed King Lear using only the makings available from trash and humble belongings. (see the New York Times, Shakespeare in the Desert by Ben Hubbard, March 31 2014.). “O brave new world, That has such people in't!” In homage to that brave spirit and ISE's continual multi-cultural spirit, the 2014 show weaves in some unique improvisational interplay between the audience and the actors; attendees will be encouraged to proffer whatever objects they happen to bring or have on hand to serve as props for that night's show, the approach which Shakespeare is performed in camps and prisons and impoverished.

  • Actors and Artists: In 2014, ISE continues its expansion into drawing talents from all across the state to showcase alongside the best of local performers, an initiative begun in 2013. Caliban will be portrayed by Valeria Avina for the University of Iowa, ISE's kick off MFA exchange program artist from 2013, back by popular demand, along with Hunter Menken, of Charles City, ISE's new Iowa Acting Intern. Hunter is on his way to study acting at University of Iowa, and Valeria will soon graduate with her MFA. Other roles key roles this summer feature locally popular ISE actors such as hearthrob Matt Wiggins as Ferdinand, and New York's John Zickefoose as the famous wizard Prospero.

  • Theatre and the other Classical Arts: ISE's theatre performances always include live music and dance, and in 2014 also especially a taste of live Opera, which is part of the annual festival's recent expansion into the Shakesperience Festival of the Classical Arts, an annual outdoor performing arts multi-week event featuring not only Shakespeare-under-the-Stars but also the other art forms that Shakespeare influenced, such as ballet, poetry, literature, and more. The 2014 season will feature coloratura soprano Marie Schmidt,MM, ISE's Davis Brown Greffinius Guest Artist in music, a talent last seen in ISE's Christmas Carol as well as in traveling shows all across America and Europe.

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SHORT FESTIVAL OVERVIEW
FOR MEDIA:

OVERVIEW OF SUMMER 2014 EVENTS:

Middle weekends of June with mix of
Ticketed events and FREE Mainstage Shows featuring:
“Tempestuous”; an original adaptation of

The Tempest from the Iowa Shakespeare Experience

(full length play) June 11-13 (FREE)

 

2014 BLURBS

MIDSIZE BLURB(approx 100 words):Bring wine and picnics to the breezy downtown Des Moines Riverwalk or special stages at area Historic Mansions for the 5th Anniversary celebration of Shakesperience Festival of the Classic Arts, an al-fresco summer celebration. At downtown's Simon Estes Amphitheater, catch FREE professional Theatre-Under-the-Stars plus Ballet and String Quartet shows. Mainstage show is "Tempestuous" , an original adaptation of Shakespeare's famous adventure romance The Tempest - richly underscored with live music, dance and special effects. Great pre-show concerts, art markets, and gourmet vendors. Free shows require no tickets but reserved seats/private tents available at Midwestix.com. See www.IowaShakespeare.org for full schedule.

 

SHORT CAPTION OR LISTING (Approx 85 words):

Bring wine and picnics to the breezy downtown Des Moines Riverwalk or other designated stages at area Historic Mansions: catch FREE professional Theatre-Under-the-Stars at Shakesperience Festival of the Classic Arts. Presenting outdoor shows that showcase Shakespeare and other classic arts such as, in 2014, live Opera. Shows are richly underscored with live music, dance, lush costumes, special effects. Mainstage has nightly pre-show concerts, parties and activities starting at 6 pm (8 pm Curtain). June 11-13. MANY SHOWS FREE; but ticketed reserved seats/private tents available; Midwestix.com, Schedule at www.IowaShakespeare.org.



 

FULL PRESS RELEASE SUMMER 2014

For Immediate Release

Contact: Robin Heinemann. Executive Director, The Iowa Shakespeare Experience

RobinHeinemann.Pres@Gmail, 515 274 8989 

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Much Ado About Something: Congratulations
Iowa Shakespeare Experience (ISE) for festival expansion

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ISE expandsShakesperience Festival into

 

Shakesperience Festival of the Classic Arts



Featuring

Tempestuous!”, an original ISE adaptation of The Tempest

Wednesday – Friday June 11-13;
Simon Estes Amphitheatre

and various indoor rain locations
Gates open 6pm for picnics, Curtain for shows at sunset, approx 8pm



THE STORY:

Robin Heinemann, the Executive Director of The Iowa Shakespeare Experience (ISE) and its massively popular hit project Shakesperience Festival, announced that in celebration of ISE's 10th Anniversary of producing Shakespeare al fresco, (and the non-profit's 5th Anniversary of producing one of the Metro's largest free theatre initiatives), the Festival has expanded!

FESTIVAL HISTORY AND EXPANSION: Born in 2008 as a free Shakespeare Festival that ensured that the Metro was keeping pace with sister cities such as Omaha, Kansas City and the Quads (which have provided to-scale, professional free Shakespeare for decades), by its 2013 Season, the festival had won 16 competitive arts awards since its founding, including 4 of Iowa's largest awards from the State of Iowa despite stringent competition with arts projects from all across the State. The Festival is now expanding to also include al fresco free performances of all the classic arts, from poetry to ballet to string quartet – and in 2014, especially Opera.

In this way, organizers intend for the festival to now also ensure that in additionn to free Festival-style Shakespeare popular in over 250 cities across America, the Metro is now also able to provide the type of broad-based, robust free festival showcase of the fine performing arts found in world-class festivals in other states, like Chicago's Ravina or the East Coast's Tanglewood.  These festivals often feature the "sister arts" to Shakespeare: art forms which themselves ave been heavily influenced by Shakespeare and/or featured in original Shakespeare plays, such as poetry, instrumental music, classical dance, and more.

ADDITIONAL EXPANSION: The Shakesperience Festival is also expanding in other ways beyond the expansion into an al fresco style free showcase of cross disciplinary performing arts. Among other elements of expansion, the 2014 festival continues its inaugural state wide talent program which kicked off in 2013, in which doctoral-level artists from Iowa's Universities are invited to appear on the Festivals stages under a new ISE Guest Artist program, which helps arrange for temporary local housing for these visiting artists. In 2014, the Festival expands its infusion of state wide collegiate talent with student intern talent from high schools all over Iowa.

THIS YEAR”S MAINSTAGE SHOW: This year, the 2014 festival free full length play features "ISE's Tempestuous", a live dance and music infused adaptation of The Tempest, one of Shakespeare's distinct artistic triumphs - a gripping tale of love in the midst of swashbuckling shipwrecked adventure. Interspersed at pre-show or intermissions and also in the show proper will be 2014's featured art form of Opera, presented by Marie Schmidt, MM, a veteran performing with credits all over America and Europe. Set in a dreamy, colorful island location outside of time, the show is infused with live dance and music. Special highlights of the show include a unique two-headed portrayal of the play's famous monster, Caliban!

The Festival has won multiple top awards from the State of Iowa and regional Arts Councils, and runs Wednesday (Preview Night)-Friday June 11 - 13th at Simon Estes Amphitheatre, where organizers promise a “European style picnic-friendly' environment, with various indoor rain locations in case of inclement weather. See www.IowaShakespeare.org for full schedule.

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SUMMER 2013

FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON


Blurbs (98, 154 words) Mini story (480 words)
and Full Press Release

SUMMER ENTERAINMENT 2013

DES MOINES, IOWA

 

SHORT FESTIVAL OVERVIEW
FOR MEDIA:

OVERVIEW OF SUMMER 2013 EVENTS:

2 weekends Thurs-Suns July 11-21 with mix of
Ticketed events and FREE Mainstage Shows featuring:
The Passion of Othello (full length play) July 18-21 (FREE)
PLUS

Starry Starry Night: Ballet, Belin and the Bard July 13 (FREE)
Shakes-Scenes and Sonnets in the Rollins Mansion Rose Garden July 11-12 ($10-75)
Shakespeare Shorts; Twilight Soiree and Ice Cream Social July 14 (Under $10)

 

 SHORT BLURBS
FOR MEDIA

2013 Blurbs presented in 3 formats:

480 words, 154 words, and 98 words

For immediate Release:

[ Downloadable Photo Info Here]

 

Mini-Story - About 480 words:

Organizers say: “Bring wine, your fanciest “old school” gourmet picnics (candlelabras welcome!), and friends or family to downtown Des Moines annual Shakesperience™ Festival of the Classic Arts for a great line up of 4 different professional shows presented in mid July with “under the stars” outdoor style. In honor of its 5th Anniversary of free shows, the 2013 Festival expands: doubling its free Repertory offerings and announcing a new “Shakespeare at the Historic Mansions” ticketed series on the lawns of several area Estates.  This year the festival involves 2 weekends, 3 stages, 4 shows, and 8 nights of performances.

Outdoor summer theatre is “best of summer” tradition enjoyed all over the world.  Shakesperience Fest shines with European-style amenities and is the place to “picnic with panache” (Candlelabra, and your best linens, or even come in Themed Costumes!).  Festival Organizers Robin Heinemann and Lorenzo Sandoval invite attendees to roar with laugher at some of the world’s most famous comedic lines– or be moved to tears by the most famous love stories of all time. These stories have been a hit for over 400 years- and the Iowa Shakespeare Experience specializes in presenting these works in ways you can relate to.  This fine arts festival presents “all the classics you remember- so freshly told, you’ll never forget!” Shows features lush period costumes and often extravagant special effects.

All shows feature varied special amenities, ranging from Wine Tents, Art Markets,  and pre-show Concerts to ice-cream socials or strawberries and scone treats.  Most Gates open at 6pm for picnics, with showtime aound sunset at 8pm.  (Historic Jordan House event is a late afternoon Twilight show.  More detail on all festival elements at the new website underway at IowaShakespeare.org.

FREE MAINSTAGE SHOWS: SHAKESPEARE UNDER-THE-STARS:

  • 2 FREE Mainstage shows will be again presented at breezy Simon Estes Amphitheatre on the Riverwalk

  • Full length play:  ISE's “The Passion of Othello; telling one of Shakespeare's most famous stories of love on the edge of madness, complete with live music and dance.  Thursday-Sunday July 18-21.  FREE but Special discounts on VIP seating to celebrate the following themes: July 18:  Casual family-friendly preview Night.  July 19: Date Night!  July 20:  Young Professionals Night. July 21: Friends and Family Night.

  • 5th Anniversary Show Spectacular:Starry Starry Nite: Ballet, Belin and the Bard; with this show, the festival expands into offering other areas of the classic arts in a one-night-only show of Ballet and string quartet music laced together with famous Shakespeare scenes.  Saturday July 13.  FREE!

  • No tickets required, but VIP reserved seating, cabaret tables and private tents sold at Midwestix.com.

ONE OF A KIND TICKETED SHOWS:  SHAKESPEARE-AT-THE-MANSIONS

  • 2 different al fresco shows held on the lawns and gardens of area historic estates

  • Tudor Rollins Mansion: Best of the Bard:  Shakescenes and Sonnets, a picnic-friendly show in  the style of Old England, professionally erformed by torch-light in the rose garden. Thursday-Friday July 11 and 12

  • Victorian Jordan House: hosting Shakespeare on our Lawn, a family-friendlyTwilight Soiree and Ice Cream Social featuring an Othello sneak peek.  Sunday, July 14.

  • Tickets $5-$15, sold at the Gate or at Midwestix.com. 

 

2013 BLURBS

MIDSIZE BLURB (approx 154 words):Bring wine and picnics to the breezy downtown Des Moines Riverwalk or special stages at area Historic Mansions for the 5th Anniversary celebration of Shakesperience Festival of the Classic Arts, an al-fresco summer celebration. At downtown's Simon Estes Amphitheatre, catch FREE professional Theatre-Under-the-Stars plus Ballet and String Quartet shows. Mainstage show is "The Passion of Othello" –richly underscored with live music, dance, elegant period costumes, special effects. Great pre-show concerts, art markets, and gourmet vendors. At the Metro's historic Rollins Mansion or historic Jordan House, catch various “Best of the Bard” specials. Most Gates open for picnics at 6 pm (8pm Curtain), but the Jordan House is a late-afternoon Twilight Ice Cream Social. Festival runs Thursday July 11 - Sunday July 21, Raindate Monday July 22. Free shows require no tickets but reserved seats/private tents available at Midwestix.com.  Mansion show tickets sold at Gate or at Midwestix.com. See www.IowaShakespeare.org for full schedule.

 

VERY SHORT CAPTION OR LISTING (Approx 98 words):

Bring wine and picnics to the breezy downtown Des Moines Riverwalk or other designated stages at area Historic Mansions: catch FREE professional Theatre-Under-the-Stars at Shakesperience Festival of the Classic Arts. Presenting 4 different outdoor shows that present Shakespeare, Ballet and other classics, featuring "The Passion of Othello".  All richly underscored with live music, dance, lush period costumes, special effects. Mainstage has nightly pre-show concerts, parties and activities starting at 6 pm (8 pmCurtain). Two weekends July  11-22.  MANY SHOWS FREE; but ticketed reserved seats/private tents available; shows at the Mansions require $5-$15 tickets.  Tickets at gate or Midwestix.com, Schedule at www.IowaShakespeare.org.

 

FULL PRESS RELEASE SUMMER 2013

For Immediate Release

Contact: Robin Heinemann. Executive Director, The Iowa Shakespeare Experience

RobinHeinemann.Pres@Gmail, 515 274 8989 

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Much Ado About Something:  Congratulations
Iowa Shakespeare Experience (ISE) on Fifth Anniversary
of providing the Metro's FREE al fresco play series featuring
Shakespeare "Under-The-Stars"

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ISE expands Shakesperience Festival into

to become

Shakesperience Festival of the Classic Arts

Featuring

2 Magical Midsummer Weekends, 3 premier Metro stages, 4 different shows, and 8 sensational picnic-friendly -and often FREE- nights of al fresco classic arts performances under the stars!

Thursday – Sundays July 11-21;
Raindate Monday July 22 with various indoor rain locations

For all evening shows:
Gates open 6pm for picnics, Curtain for shows 8pm

 THE STORY:

Robin Heinemann, the Executive Director of The Iowa Shakespeare Experience (ISE) and its massively popular hit program Shakesperience Festival, announced that in celebration of ISE's 10th Anniversary of producing Shakespeare al fresco, (and the non-profit's 5th Anniversary of producing one of the Metro's largest free theatre initiatives), the Festival is expanding!   \

FIFTH ANNIVERSARY REVIEW AND EXPANSION:Born in 2008 as a free Shakespeare Festival that ensured that the Metro was keeping pace with sister cities such as Omaha, Kansas City and the Quads (which have provided to-scale, professional free Shakespeare for decades), by its 2013 Season, the festival  had won 16 competitive arts awards since its founding, including 4 of Iowa's largest awards from the State of Iowa in competiton with arts projects from all across the State.  The Festival is now expanding to also include al fresco free performances of all the classic arts, from poetry to ballet to string quartet.  

In this way, organizers intend for the festival to now also ensure that in additon to free Festival-style Shakespeare popular in over 250 cities across America, the Metro is now also able to provide the type of broad-based, robust free festival showcase of the fine performing arts found in world-class festivals in other states, like Chicago's Ravina or the East Coast's Tanglewood.  These festivals often feature the "sister arts" to Shakespeare: art forms which themselves ave been heavily influenced by Shakespeare and/or alfeatured in orginal Shakespeare plays, such as poetry, instrumental music, classical dance, and more.  

BALLET AND STRING QUARTET INAUGURAL PERFORMANCE: Accordingly, in 2013 the Festival is offering a special Fifth Anniversary performance featuring new elements of the classic arts, a robust new level of collaboration between ISE and two other classic arts agencies which have long had prior involvement in the Shakesperience festival in smaller ways.  The Fifth Anniversary Spectacular is a collaboration between Iowa Shakespeare, Ballet Des Moines, and the Belin String Quartet of Des Moines Civic Music Association.  

Titled "Starry Starry Night, Ballet, Belin and the Bard," the one-night-only show on Saturday, July 13 features a collage of pieces from all 3 organizations in what some arts reviewers have called a "Trifecta" of the performing arts, with the theme of the pieces tied together by various links to Shakespeare, and a “Best of the Bard” emphasis.   The one-night-only FREE show takes place at Simon Estes Amphitheater, and represents a rare chance for the community to see the Ballet al fresco for free and to enjoy the Belin Quartet under the stars.

The group plans to continue to grow the cross-disciplinary collaboration in the future- and to invite other representatives of the performing arts to also join a showcase at the new expanded version of Shakesperience Festival.  The majorty of shows will be free for the community to attend, and all performances will be picnic-friendly.  

ADDITIONAL EXPANSION: The Shakesperience Festival is also expanding in other ways beyond the expansion into an al fresco style free showcase of cross disciplinary performing arts.  Among other elements of expansion, the festival debuts ts inaugural state wide talent program, in which doctoral-level artists from Iowa's Universities are invited to appear on the Festivals stages under a new ISE Guest Artist program, which helps arrange for temporary local housing for these visiting artists.  

Additionally, this year, the festival is doubling its repertory offerings to 4 shows.  Two shows take place on the Festival's  Mainstage and are entirely free to the public.  There, the Starry Starry Night collaborative show appears on one weekend, while the second weekend culminates in the full-length Shakespeare play which is the Festival's primary centerpiece. 

This year, the fesitval full length play features "ISE's The Passion of Othello", one of Shakespeare's distinct artistic triumphs - a gripping tale of love on the edge of madness.   The other two Festival shows take place on satellite stages in association with area historic estates.  Reprising the festival's popular traveling neighborhood show program of "Will Call Shows", a family-friendly ice-cream social show presenting "Shakespeare Shorts: Othello" takes place in late afternoon twilight on the lawn at West Des Moines's historic Jordan House on Sunday, July 14.  The show is an abbreviated preview form of the Mainstage show designed for youth and families. Tickets will be in the $5 to $10 range and are sold by Jordan House at the gate.  

NEW AT THE FESTIVAL/NEW RESIDENCY: Brand new at the Festival this year is a new series of ISE repertory performances in residence at the Historic Rollins Mansion, part of ISE's “Theatre at the Great Estates” series which runs all year round.  Overlooking the downtown Des Moines skyline, this Tudor-style Estate is built of beams imported from an Inn in England, under which Shakespeare himself legendarily performed. ISE's picnic friendly show "Shake-Scenes and Sonnets" is a "best of the Bard" show featuring many guest stars, which will take place by torchlight (with full professional special effects) directly in the Mansion's Rose Garden around the fountain. Picnics on the Estate's sprawling back lawn take place prior to Curtain.  

These Rollins Mansion "Shakespeare in the Garden" shows, which take place on Thursday July 11 and Friday July 12, are designed to be a more intimate way for people to experience ISE's Shakespeare than shows at the mainstage in Simon Estes Amphitheater, which draws some of the largest crowds for locally produced.  Tickets will be sold at the Gate while they last, but organizers expect the 100-150 seats to sell out very quickly, and recommend advance purchases through Midwestix.com, where there are introductory season special prices of $10-$15 per person.  Midwestix also offers a variety of special VIP ticket packages for this show ($25-$75) which come complete with private picnic areas on the Estate's stone balconies and around the sunken pool, and which also feature gold level "box seating" privileges for the shows.  

ODDS AND ENDS: More information, including the Festival's traditional line up of exciting pre-show activities such as Tina's Haase Findlay's traditional pre-show concert of original songs (July 19 this year!) as well as information about the Festival's associated youth camps can be found at the newly designed website at www.IowaShakespeare.org or at Midwestix.com.

 

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BLURB FORMAT:

This midsummer, The Iowa Shakespeare Experience invites Metro audiences to Bring wine and picnics to the breezy downtown Des Moines Riverwalk or special stages at area Historic Mansions for the 5th Anniversary celebration of Shakesperience Festival of the Classic Arts, an al-fresco summer celebration which has expanded this year to double its repertory offerings of al-fresco (and primarily free) classic performing arts shows and theatre plays.. At downtown's Simon Estes Amphitheater, catch FREE professional Theatre-Under-the-Stars plus Ballet and String Quartet shows, also performed under-the-stars. The Mainstage show is "The Passion of Othello" –richly underscored with live music, dance, elegant period costumes, special effects. In addition to its professional shows, the festival also offers great pre-show concerts, art markets, and gourmet vendors. Beyond the  free Mainstage, the festival also features various ticketed shows in on the lawns of Metro great Estates.  At the Metro's historic Rollins Mansion or historic Jordan House, catch various "Best of the Bard" specials.

 

The Festival has won multiple top awards from the State of Iowa and regional Arts Councils, and runs Thursdays-Sundays  July 11 - July 21, with various indoor rain locations and an outdoor Raindate of Monday July 22. Most Gates open for picnics at 6 pm (8pm Curtain), but the Jordan House is a late-afternoon Twilight Ice Cream Social.Free shows require no tickets but reserved seats/private tents are available at Midwestix.com.  Tickets for shows at the great Estates are sold at Gate or at Midwestix.com. See www.IowaShakespeare.org for full schedule.


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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.

Picnicing

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.

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

 

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