Walking approximately 5 blocks to/from festival venues. Downtown Staunton, where all activity takes place, is built on a hillside and no walk is completely flat. Blackfriars Playhouse is next door to the hotel.
We shall spend today with William Shakespeare. For this morning’s class at the hotel, instructors from the American Shakespeare Center will illuminate the language, acting, staging, and play-writing of Shakespeare's day. We will walk next door for a presentation and behind-the-scenes exploration of the Blackfriars Playhouse, conducted by staff at American Shakespeare Center. The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's original indoor theatre. The Playhouse is a year-round laboratory and performance venue for actors, students and scholars. Shakespeare's works are performed under their original staging conditions: on a simple stage surrounded on three sides by the audience. Thus, actors can see and interact with the audience, the audience can see the actors, and the audience can see each other — recreating the festive sense of community in which patrons of Shakespeare's Blackfriars reveled during the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. We’ll then walk to a downtown church and attend the Noon concert.
In the hotel dining room.
At our mid-afternoon class, instructors from the American Shakespeare Center will discuss the evening's play and its performance.
Hotel plated meal. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.
We’ll walk next door from the hotel to Blackfriars Playhouse — the world’s only authentic recreation of Shakespeare’s original indoor theater — and attend the play. Currently scheduled is “As You Like It” directed by the American Shakespeare Center’s co-founder, Ralph Alan Cohen. From the ASC: “To escape death, the extraordinary Rosalind, her brave cousin Celia, and one of Shakespeare’s funniest fools flee into the woods. There, in the bewitching Forest of Arden, they discover shepherds and aristocrats, country folk and lovers — and, ultimately, life, love, joy, and freedom.” More information about the play, its director, and its actors can be found at www.americanshakespearecenter.com.