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Rancho Santa Fe Viewpoints show reveals creative process of Old Globe Shakespeare production

Barry Edelstein
Barry Edelstein

Following successful showings in the past two seasons, Village Viewpoints will offer a reprise of “Thinking Shakespeare Live!” on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. at Village Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias.

“Thinking Shakespeare Live!” is a fast-paced, funny, and fascinating guide to the language of Shakespeare created by Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein who National Public Radio called “one of the country’s leading Shakespeareans.”

This special program provides audiences a unique opportunity to learn the methods Edelstein imparts to professional actors in the rehearsal room. As he and three skilled actors demonstrate these techniques live on stage, this entertaining behind-the-scenes look at the creative process offers a primer on the tools used to hear and understand Shakespeare. With humor and insight, “Thinking Shakespeare Live!” brings audiences into the Bard’s world and shows how his masterful poetry can come to life for everyone.

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“San Diego’s Shakespeare audience is devoted to the Bard, and the Globe, one of the country’s great Shakespeare theatres, always looks for innovative ways to serve it,” said Edelstein. “We created ‘Thinking Shakespeare Live!’ to help our audience have fun while making new connections to Shakespeare.”

Viewpoints is co-presented by the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation and the Village Church.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served with the program beginning at 6:30. Seating is limited; advance purchase is recommended. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased at www.villageviewpoints.com or by calling (858) 756-6557. Tickets at the door the night of the event will be $30.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has been San Diego’s flagship arts institution for 80 years. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 14 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages.

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Barry Edelstein is a stage director, producer, author and educator. Widely recognized as one of the leading American authorities on the works of Shakespeare, he has directed nearly half of the Bard’s plays. His Globe directing credits include “The Winter’s Tale;” “Othello;” the West Coast premiere of novelist Nathan Englander’s play “The Twenty-seventh Man;” and the upcoming world premiere of Michael John LaChuisa and Sybille Pearson’s musical “Rain.” He also directed “All’s Well That Ends Well” as the inaugural production of Globe for All, a new producing platform that tours the works of Shakespeare to diverse communities throughout San Diego County. Edelstein has taught Shakespearean acting at The Juilliard School, NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, and the University of Southern California. His book “Thinking Shakespeare” is the standard text on American Shakespearean acting. He is also the author of “Bardisms: Shakespeare for All Occasions.”


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