Of Shakespeare, Ralph Waldo Emerson said,
“He was the master of the revels to mankind,” and “the most robust and potent thinker that ever was.”
Shakespeare’s unique genius is celebrated this year – 400 years after his death and examples of the world’s embrace of Shakespeare abound.
In Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust will open a major new heritage landmark at New Place, Shakespeare’s family home. The re-imagination of this unique site will be the single most significant and enduring Shakespearean project of the anniversary year anywhere in the world.
I am proud to be serving as president of the Shakespeare Theatre Association during this time of celebration. Since 1991, STA has existed to unite the professional leadership of companies whose focus is the production of Shakespeare’s plays. With 154 members from 13 countries, we represent organizations of all shapes and sizes from various schools of thought, cultures and languages. STA’s “Legacy 400” is a series of initiatives designed to include the world’s citizens in celebration of the work that brings people together and challenges us to develop and nurture the deepest level of humanity in ourselves and in our communities. From “We Are Shakespeare” a digital video festival to “400 Dreams” an interactive map of performances and readings in every populated time zone in the world, STA is marking this milestone year.
I am so excited to announce that Livermore Shakespeare Festival will get into the spirit on April 23rd with “SHAKESBEER” – a day of FREE entertainment with our original production of “Drunken Shakespeare” featuring the Bard’s famous drinking scenes. The event will be held at Eight Bridges Brewery and is fittingly sponsored by First Street Ale House. Join us on April 23rd for SHAKESBEER and let us celebrate this extraordinary anniversary together!
Lisa A. Tromovitch
President, Shakespeare Theatre Association
Producing Artistic Director,
Livermore Shakespeare Festival