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American Shakespeare Center: Will’s World With Outstanding Performances (4 nights)

Program Number: 19279RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/23/2014 - 9/27/2014; 11/4/2014 - 11/8/2014; 5/5/2015 - 5/9/2015; 11/3/2015 - 11/7/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Staunton, Virginia
Price starting at: $645.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Theater; History & Culture
Meals: 10; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Casual Shakespeare fans and devotees alike will delight in this unique program, filled with reminders of the rewards we reap from his works time and time again. Gain insight from scholars at the American Shakespeare Center into Shakespeare's history, humanity, language, text and stagecraft. Discuss plays, characters, themes and interpretations with directors, attend three plays under the lights at the splendid Blackfriars Playhouse and experience for yourself why Shakespeare still speaks to us, generation after generation.




Highlights

• See the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's Blackfriars Playhouse and experience three plays performed under Shakespeare's original staging conditions.
• Rediscover Shakespeare and celebrate the timeless power of his language and stagecraft in behind-the-scenes experiences at the Playhouse.
• Explore the charms of your renovated historic hotel and its revitalized Shenandoah Valley city.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



This program is for 4 nights and offers 3 performances at Blackfriars Playhouse. Another VCU Road Scholar program with American Shakespeare Company, program #19045, is for 3 nights and offers 2 performances.




Date Specific Information

9-23-2014

Performances at Blackfriars Playhouse for this program include "Pericles" by William Shakespeare, "Cyrano de Bergerac" by Edmund Rostand, and "Edward II" by Christopher Marlowe.



11-4-2014

Performances at Blackfriars Playhouse for this program include "Pericles" and "The Comedy of Errors" by William Shakespeare, and "Cyrano de Bergerac" by Edmund Rostand.



11-3-2015

For the three performances at this program, the play titles will be listed when they become available.



Coordinated by Virginia Commonwealth University.




Staunton

Tucked in the heart of the Shenandoah, Staunton is blessed with natural beauty, a rich cultural heritage and 270 years of history. Five National Historic Districts display outstanding architecture, while the American Shakespeare Center and its re-creation of Shakespeare's original Blackfriars Playhouse showcase the best of the Bard.



Accommodations
Historic hotel in downtown Staunton with heated indoor pool.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Ralph Cohen

Ralph Alan Cohen is co-founding executive director of the American Shakespeare Center and Gonder professor of Shakespeare in performance in the Master of Letters and Fine Arts program at Mary Baldwin College. Ralph has directed 18 professional productions of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, including Christopher Marlowe's “Doctor Faustus.” He is a former professor of English at James Madison University, where he won Virginia’s award for outstanding faculty.
 
Sarah Enloe

Sarah Enloe, director of education at the American Shakespeare Center, has an MFA in dramaturgy and a master of letters in teaching from Mary Baldwin's Masters in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, and a BFA in theatre studies from the University of Texas. She has directed “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” “Love's Labour's Lost” and “Much Ado About Nothing.” Sarah teaches at Mary Baldwin College and James Madison.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Stonewall Jackson Hotel
  Staunton, VA 4 nights
 Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Stonewall Jackson opened in 1924 and was fully renovated in 2005. It is a full-service luxury hotel in the Colonial Revival style. With its historical character, custom interiors, and warm finishes, it was recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a winner of the Great American Main Street Award. An original 1924 one-of-a-kind Wurlitzer organ/piano graces the ballroom. The Hotel is located next to the Blackfriars Playhouse and just one block from Beverley Street, downtown Staunton's main street with coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, and bookstores.
  Contact info: 24 South Market Street
Staunton, VA 24401 USA
phone: 540-885-4848
web: www.stonewalljacksonhotel.com
  Room amenities: High speed internet access, telephones with data port and voice mail, cable TV, coffeepots, hair dryers, iron and ironing boards in all rooms.
  Facility amenities: Hotel has a restaurant, lounge, business center including computer with internet access, guest laundry, fitness facility, and indoor pool with a whirlpool. Parking is available in the adjacent New Street Parking Garage, with elevators to the hotel, for $4 per day.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Based on season & availability Based on season and availability
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Based on season & availability Based on season and availability
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. check-in and registration You will be staying at Stonewall Jackson Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after morning wrap-up; room check-out by 11:00 a.m. You will be staying at Stonewall Jackson Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking at $4-$5 per day available in the City Parking lot underneath hotel; enter lot from South New Street; elevators available to hotel lobby.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Staunton, VA
  Nearest city or town:  Harrisonburg to the north, Waynesboro to the east
  Nearest highway: North-south: I-81 and US Rt 11; East-west: I-64 and US Rt 250
  Nearest airport:  Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, Weyers Cave (20 miles away)
  From End of Program
  Location: Staunton, VA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD) to Staunton

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Shuttle to Staunton
phone: 540-234-8304
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1/2 hour 

 

Distance:

 

20-25 miles

   

Email at shdshuttle@flyshd.com. Cost at last report was $30 per trip to Staunton. Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport contact is 540-234-8304 or www.flyshd.com.

 

AMTRAK to Staunton

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Town trolley

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

25-cent trolley, operates May to December
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

A short walk, or 20-25 minutes depending on trolley route & timing 

 

Distance:

 

2 blocks

   

The hotel is close to the train depot but up a hill. From the station, walk one block N on South Augusta, turn right on Johnson St. and walk one block to New St. Municipal parking garage will be on opposite corner. Enter garage and take elevator to hotel lobby. Alternatively, the public trolley is a pleasant ride in fair weather, but to reach the hotel only two blocks away can require a rather long trip to the outskirts of town before the route loops back to the hotel.

 
Driving Directions
  From the East, from Richmond to the Stonewall Jackson Hotel Take I-64 west over the Blue Ridge to I-81. Turn north on I-81 and take the next exit, Staunton Exit 222. Take US Rt 250 west (Richmond Road) about 2.5 miles toward Historic Downtown Staunton. When Hwy 250 ends at a "T" intersection, bear right and go under the train tracks. Go straight ahead at the light (follow the Historical Signs) up Coalter Street and turn left on Frederick Street (the street after Beverley). Proceed on Frederick St to the first stoplight, turn left onto Market Street, and go 2 blocks on Market. The Stonewall Jackson Hotel will be on the right. Parking is in the municipal garage beneath the hotel--proceed around the block (and down the hill) to the entrance. An elevator to the Hotel lobby is available from the garage.
  From the North or South on I-81 to the Stonewall Jackson Hotel Take I-81 to Staunton Exit 222. Take US Rt 250 west (Richmond Road) about 2.5 miles toward Historic Downtown Staunton. When Hwy 250 ends at a "T" intersection, bear right and go under the railroad bridge. At the stoplight go straight (following the Historical signs) for 3 blocks up Coalter Street and turn left on Frederick Street (the street after Beverley). Proceed on Frederick St to the first stoplight, turn left on Market Street and proceed 2 blocks. The front doors to Stonewall Jackson Hotel will be on the right. Parking is in the municipal garage beneath the hotel--proceed around the block (and down the hill) to the entrance. An elevator to the Hotel lobby is available from the garage.
Elevation Note: No, but this is located in a mountain-valley area, with hilly terrain at some locations

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival/Registration/Dinner/Orientation
(Tuesday, September 23)
   
 Afternoon: Welcome to the Queen City of Staunton and to your superb accommodations at the full-service Stonewall Jackson Hotel. Register for your room at the hotel lobby desk between 4:00 and 5:00 pm and look for our Road Scholar table in the lobby to register for your program. Please let us know if you will not be arriving until after 5:00 pm.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.
 Evening: Orientation and introductions in our classroom in the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Classes/Behind-the-scenes at the Playhouse/Evening performance
(Wednesday, September 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.
 Morning: Shakespeare for pleasure? That's just what this program is! All of his works tell great stories, with multidimensional characters that we can relate to and situations that are still relevant today. You'll find that you won't have any problems at all with the language and you'll understand how Shakespeare's invention of new words and phrases became the basis for modern English. This exciting program includes 3 plays performed at the one-of-a-kind Blackfriars Playhouse--a re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor theater, in-depth study of the plays, language, text, stagecraft and history with directors and other Shakespeare scholars from the American Shakespeare Center. Performance titles will be announced when they become available. There's also time to discover the delightful city of Staunton, its five historic districts and the restaurants, boutiques and bookstores that grace its downtown district. We'll have most meals at the hotel, but one dinner will be at a local restaurant, and you'll have one dinner on your own for which you have a bevy of choices in Staunton's myriad of restaurants. We make every attempt to abide by the schedule presented below, but sometimes instructors' availability requires us to rearrange your classes. Although this rarely happens, the American Shakespeare Center reserves the right to change the scheduled titles, dates and times of plays. Class this morning is an introduction to the program and Shakespeare's bio-history as actor and playwright. Learn about his London years, the companies and theaters he worked for, and their practices, successes and controversies. After class we'll go back-stage at the Blackfriars Playhouse to talk with actors, directors, choreographers and other personnel.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room: Will vary each day between lighter meal options such as deli sandwiches, salads, and soups, all served with a delicious and meal-complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.
 Afternoon: Class: Learn about Shakespeare's language and text, and be introduced to the play for the performance this evening. You'll also have a little free time to discover the charms of Staunton. Your hotel is located just one short block from Staunton's main street (Beverley) and its shops, boutiques, and restaurants.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.
 Evening: We'll walk next door from the hotel to Blackfriars Playhouse for our first performance. Curtain time is usually 7:30 pm.
   
Accommodations: Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Morning class/Afternoon class/Dinner on your own/Evening performance at Blackfriars Playhouse
(Thursday, September 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.
 Morning: Class this morning is led by an American Shakespeare Center staff educator, and will typically cover subjects such as interpreting texts, actors' movement, or staging matters.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room: Will vary each day between lighter meal options such as deli sandwiches, salads, and soups, all served with a delicious and meal-complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.
 Afternoon: Class: Study and discussion of tonight's play.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own allows you to explore the variety of restaurants in Staunton. You can also purchase dinner at the hotel if you'd rather stay in.
 Evening: We'll attend our second performance at the Blackfriars Playhouse.
   
Accommodations: Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Classes/Lunch/Class/Performance at Blackfriars Playhouse
(Friday, September 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.
 Morning: Classes on a subjects such as Renaissance theater and Shakespeare's stagecraft.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room: Will vary each day between lighter meal options such as deli sandwiches, salads, and soups, all served with a delicious and meal-complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.
 Afternoon: Class: Final lecture, discussion of plays (including tonight's play), and the experience as a whole
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant or in the hotel dining room. If the latter: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.
 Evening: Attend our third performance at the Blackfriars Playhouse.
   
Accommodations: Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Breakfast, wrap-up, and departure
(Saturday, September 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.
 Morning: After breakfast, we'll gather for a brief wrap-up to the program. Program ends after the session. Hotel check-out by 11:00 am.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare


Author: James Shapiro


A Guide to Historic Staunton, Virginia


Author: Edmund D. Potter


Learning the valley: excursions into the Shenandoah Valley


Author: John Leland


Shakespeare and the Arts of Language


Author: Russ McDonald


The Book of William: How Shakespeare's First Folio Conquered the World


Author: Paul Collins


Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare


Author: Stephan Greenblatt




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