Shakespeare 400 Legacy Celebration
April 23, 2016

April 23, 2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death (and 454th anniversary of his birth). Marin Shakespeare Company will be joining Shakespeare lovers around the world and beyond in celebrating this milestone.

Shakespeare Sonnet Celebration in San Rafael:

Join Marin Shakespeare Company, family and friends
for the
Shakespeare Sonnet Celebration!

Saturday, April 23
11 – 4 pm
4th Street Plaza, San Rafael
(Fourth and Court Streets)


Led by Marin Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Robert Currier and Director of Artistic Engagement Erin Merritt, we will read, sing, dance, and even fight all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets, joining in world-wide celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. This is an open mic event so come add your voice to the merriment!

Drop by any time or Sonnet Sign-Up – mail this form, email, or phone Erin at 415-499-4487—to read or perform your favorite sonnet.

11am—Grand Opening of Festivities with Special Guests
Live Music by Raven Hill (see below)
12—Sonnet Writing lesson with poet Rebecca Foust
1pm—Former Royal Shakespeare Company Actor/Director Rob Clare
explores the love sonnets
2pm—Duelling Sonnets: (S)wordplay at its best
Tag-Team and Relay Sonnet readings (come join a team)
3pm—Appearance by Shakespeare and the Dark Lady for the Grande Finale
with Livia DeMarchi as The Dark Lady
and Adam Roy as Shakespeare

Queen Elizabeth I will also pop in—be there when she appears!

isSome of the fun folks planning to participate:
Jackson Currier
Robert Currier (MSC Artistic Director)
Carolyn Doyle
James Dunn
Luisa Frasconi
Susan Jackson
Shelley Lynn Johnson
Paul Lancour
Will Marchetti
Marilet Martinez
Erin Merritt (MSC Director of Education and Artistic Engagement)
Jubilith Moore
Richard Pallaziol
Marjorie Crump Shears
Lisa Tateosian
Sandi Weldon

Raven Hill is a trio of fiddle, accordion, and guitar

Burke Trieschmann, guitar: has been playing and performing music at concerts, clubs, dances, and recording sessions in the Bay Area for many years as a solo artist and in several bands. His production company, Open Door Productions, provides sound design, recording, and audio production services for many applications and media.  Visit for more information.

Charlie Hancock, accordion: has played accordion & piano in the Bay Area for many years in many styles, mainly for contra & English country dancing.

Anne Bingham Goess, fiddle: East Bay fiddler Anne Bingham Goess plays regularly for English, contra, and Irish dancing, and sings with the California Revels in Oakland.”

Barry Kraft Celebrates Shakespeare at Book Passage – a free event co-sponsored by Marin Shakespeare
Thursday, April 21, 2016 – 7:00pm

Join Barry Kraft for a celebration of William Shakespeare on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death. Kraft will share poems about the Bard and discuss his plays. In 28 seasons as actor and dramaturg at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Kraft has dramaturged nearly 50 Shakespeare productions as well as Equivocation, The Cure at Troy, and Arcadia, among others.  Numerous acting credits include OSF, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Old Globe, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, Marin Shakespeare, and ACT, among others. He has been in 87 full productions of all Shakespeare’s 38 plays (more than 100 roles).  He has written Shakespeare Insult Generator and has recorded several books on tape for Blackstone Audio, including Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Kraft is also a teacher and a guest lecturer.

Location: 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA 94925.  Free.

We Are Shakespeare: A mass-participation digital video festival created by Shakespeare enthusiasts worldwide includes video tributes, testimonials, recitations, animations, music videos and other content. Make your video and join the world-wide movement! Hosted by Shakespeare at Notre Dame and the Shakespeare Theatre Association. Details on video submissions can be found at

Shakespeare and NASA: Students at Short School in San Rafael and Lynwood Elementary in Novato will participate in a live Education Downlink with the International Space Station featuring Earth actors from around the globe and astronauts speaking Shakespeare, with astronauts answering questions about Shakespeare and space. April 18 – 22, 2016, in conjunction with the Shakespeare Theatre Association.