September through October, 2017 at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center
The Celebrating Shakespeare Programming Committee, Arts Mid-Hudson and the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center present
I, Too, Sing Shakespeare
A festival exploring Shakespeare and LGBTQ Identities
The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center is proud to host the third year of “Celebrating Shakespeare,” a tribute to the artist’s enduring legacy through art exhibits, theater, and community events. Shakespeare’s work—which explores the complexities of the human experience—offers LGBTQ people important avenues to examine our own identities. Please join us at one of our innovative events as we use Hamlet and other works by Shakespeare to examine important contemporary LGBTQ topics including gender, sexuality, love, desire, intimacy, race and class.
Download a full festival program by clicking here.
Teen Night: Drama Queens Take Over
Friday, September 15 from 7-10 pm
Teen Night at the Center gets DRAMATIC with a night of theater games and fun! Join acclaimed theater director Rik Lopes and bring your friends for an evening of theater exercises and workshops, with a focus on the language and lessons of Hamlet and the play’s complex display of human experience, emotion, gender identity and sexuality. Free & open to teens (12-19 years old).
Art Opening: Letters to Shakespeare
Saturday, September 23 from 4-7 pm (in gallery through October 22)
Join us for the opening reception of “Letters to Shakespeare” by Judy Sigunick. A Hudson Valley-based artist, Sigunick creates objects that speak to the depth of Shakespeare’s understanding of life’s complexities. In “Letters to Shakespeare,” Sigunick has created a series of paintings featuring letters to the Bard, composed as pronouncements of friendship and shared ideas. Breathtakingly beautiful, the exhibit suggests collapsed time – bringing Shakespeare’s works and wisdom into our 21st century.
Sing a Song of Shakespeare
Sunday, October 15 from 4-7 pm
Join regional actors and musicians in readings of favorite Shakespeare speeches and scenes. Everyone finds themselves somewhere in the “seven ages of man” and elsewhere m the 33 plays and 150 sonnets. Bring your own voice to the microphone as we match Shakespeare with Karaoke. Free and open to the public.
Essential Functions: Hamlet, Life, Death and Gender
Sunday, October 22 from 3:30-5:30 pm
A panel of Shakespeare aficionados discuss Shakespeare’s influence and timeless value in human affairs. Artist Judy Sigunrck, actor/director Rik Lopes, teaching artist Elizabeth Murray and others lead an open discussion of Shakespeare’s work with a focus on gender and its intersections with our contemporary identities. “Mingle and tingle” with some of the finest in the Mid Hudson Region and enjoy complimentary finger-food donated by New Paltz’s Gomen Kudasa, Restaurant. Free and open to the public.