Michigan Shakespeare Festival at the Ark and a Professional Reading of a New Julius Caesar Play

Jackson’s Michigan Shakespeare Festival, the state’s “official” Shakespeare festival, will be reaching into Ann Arbor to draw from the educated arts-appreciating masses that largely comprise the city’s population.

There are two such efforts planned, the first of which involves MSF putting on their yearly “Shakespeare Unplugg’d” show fittingly at The Ark. It’s the sixth year that this event, which is is free to the public, has been put on in order for the MSF company to showcase their performance skills and abilities that are only rarely called for in a typical yearly season of plays.

“This night of fun and laughter lets the MSF company sing, dance, play music, juggle, improvise, tell great backstage stories, and maybe even do a little Shakespeare,” MSF Spokesperson Daniel Helmer said, adding that the event will also have a cash bar for those with membership and donations to both The Ark and MSF can be given at the event.

The second event isn’t in Ann Arbor, but it’s just a tad bit east of Washtenaw in Canton on the border between our two counties. David Blixt’s critically acclaimed play “Eve of Ides” will commence on August 2 at the Village Theatre of Cherry Hill in Canton.

The play depicts the night before his assassination at the hands of conspirators, when Julius Caesar attended a feast. With him were Brutus, Cassius, and Antony. Based on history and the works of Shakespeare, “Eve of Ides” reveals the unexplored relationship between the main players of the famous play, current in production at the MSF.

“Ides” will star 2017 MSF’s Brutus, Robert Kauzlaric, Antony, David Blixt, and Caesar, Lee Palmer and will be directed by Janice L Blixt. Tickets are available through the MSF website www.michiganshakespearefestival.com.

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