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Our inaugural, two-night fundraiser


The History Cycle

was an amazing success in 2009!

JSC’s first Shakespeare-a-thon raised the funds that made possible the company’s
unique reverse-gender production of Two Gentlemen of Verona in 2010.

We've planned another for April 2012!


Our 2009 Press Release:


Friday August 28

and Saturday August 29

4:00 pm-4:00 am


Judith Shakespeare Company - known as much for its artistry in bringing classical texts to life as for its cross-gender casting - presents this encore of its complete 8-play History Cycle, originally produced in 2002-04.  This is a unique opportunity to see all of these rarely-produced plays in a marathon of just 2 nights - in this exciting fundraiser for the company's upcoming productions.   

Come join us in our Shakespeare-a-Thon, as more than 50 actors recreate their roles in these epic plays - presented in "Shakespeare Unplugged" Concert Performance.  Raise a glass to three King Henry's and two King Richards (including the devilish Richard 3!), plus scores of conniving characters, dozens of dastardly deeds, numerous bloody battles and beheadings - in the story of 100 years of English history when two ambitious families fought over the crown and laid the groundwork for ideas we still live by today.  Come hear one or come hear them all!  Suggested donation at the door $10 (to see all 8!) - or make a pledge online to support the actors and company in this marathon effort!  

Along with the play readings, THE CREEK LIC will be filled with festival events:  games of skill and chance with prizes; hands-on demonstrations of Renaissance costuming, swordfighting and mini-jousting, art, music, dance, insults; plus raffles, costumed characters, tarot readings, and more!  THE CREEK LIC will offer drink specials and their delicious casual menu throughout both evenings.  Come party the weekend away, and help JSC raise funds for its next show!   Judith Shakespeare Company is a 501(c)(3)not-for-profit corporation, and all donations are tax-deductible.

Friday, August 28th

The first 12 hours & first 4 plays

4pm: Richard 2

7pm: Henry 4, Part 1

10pm: Henry 4, Part 2

1am: Henry 5

Saturday, August 29th

The final 12 hours & final 4 plays

4pm: Henry 6, Part 1

7pm: Henry 6, Part 2

10pm: Henry 6, Part 3

1am: Richard 3

Judith Shakespeare Company, founded in 1995, is committed to bringing Shakespeare's language to life with clarity and vitality, while expanding the presence of women in classical theatre.  This season, JSC will present their long-awaited full production of Two Gentlemen of Verona.  JSC has won an OOBR Award, and has been featured on national television’s Lifetime Live.

Listing Information:

  What: Shakespeare-a-Thon: a two-night fundraising festival for Judith Shakespeare Co.

  With: Marathon play-reading of the 8-play History Cycle, plus games, raffles, demonstrations,music, prizes, and more!    

  When: Friday August 28 and Saturday August 29 – 4:00 pm-4:00 am

  Where: THE CREEK LIC, www.creeklic.com       

10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City (the first stop in Queens  on the 7 train – get off at Vernon-Jackson and walk one block north to 49th St.)

 Cost: $10 Suggested Donation at the door (drinks and food available for purchase)


The Sponsors & Participants List

The Casting Chart

Our Flyer (in pdf)