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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Goodbye and Hello

So long, farewell, I'm going away for awhile. The shiny newly minted Shawn Gardner will take over the blog and facebook page this coming spring.  I hope that everyone at home and abroad is resting and reviving themselves.  It's been a hard year for many of us.  I wish I knew for a fact that the coming year will be easy, but I don't.  I do know that I've seen a tremendous show of strength, courage and good humor from you all this year. Whatever happens, I have faith in you to meet the new year with stalwart resilience.  You are equipped.

As I hand over the reigns to Shawn, I wanted to mention once more how honored I am by your friendship and fellowship.  Shakespeare in the Dark is my treasure.  Every artist and friend that this club has produced is a treasure.  I know that you will do extraordinary things in spring 2016, in all areas of your life. For the moment, continue to rest.  Even if you feel bored and listless.  There will be plenty of time to strive, innovate, and overwork yourselves later.  So for now, ease back into the lull.  Allow yourself to live in this pause between what was and what will be. Keep breathing. You have what it takes.  Trust me. For now, rest and pause on the threshold of the new year.

Love from an almost abroad,

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Two Noble Kinsmen Cast List

The winter show has been cast.  Feast your eyes on all the talent! 

Palamon Aberdeen Bowman
 Molly Earner
 Barclay Sparrow
 Jimmy Cooper
 Becca Symmes
 Ryan Vaughn
 Rae Mischel Thompson-Cooper
Jailer's Daughter
 Shawn Gardner
 Garrett Chatlin
 Kaite Ault
                  Andrew Brockmeyer
                  Brian Bruno
                  Sara Franklin-Gillette
                  Naomi Kasonga 
                  Kirsten Koch
                  Alexandra Poirier

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Apply to Be the New Webmaster/Historian

Sad as it is to say, I will not be able to maintain my duties as Historian and Webmaster next semester.  I will be abroad living a glamorous and cosmopolitan life. So don't you worry about me! If you are interested in being the Shakespeare in the Dark's Historian next spring, perk up your little ears.

The Historian's responsibilities are as follows, quoted from the constitution:
"maintain accurate records of all club activities and productions, and serve as the Webmaster in charge of updating the website. He or she shall perform active research on the history of the club and work to improve the Digital Archive.  He or she shall coordinate with the director regarding the filming and documentation of productions."

Primarily the historian must be able to  manage the blog, tumblr, and Facebook page for the group.  Additionally, they will be called upon to safe house the SitD archive.

To apply, please submit a brief personal statement addressing your experiences that qualify you for the position.  Additionally, outline why you are interested in participating in Shakespeare in the Dark in a leadership position.

Applications are due to at midnight Sunday, November 29th.

Applicants will be selected by election of the current executive members.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Winter Show Announced

William Shakespeare's apocryphal Two Noble Kinsmen will grace Commonwealth's stage this winter.

Auditions are underway, and callbacks are TONIGHT. So good luck to all of you hopefuls.
If you are interested in ways you can add to the production through technical and publicity capacities, please contact the director Jason Via (

Any other queries you can send to

You may ask, "what is Two Noble Kinsmen?" And well may you ask, it isn't commonly performed and the plot is obscure.  Even the Reduced Shakespeare Company mischaracterizes it their otherwise inviolate Complete Works Abridged.

Two Noble Kinsmen is adapted from  "The Knight's Tale", a tragicomedy  told along the pilgrims' journey in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales.   The story is brimful with love triangles, friendships soured by competition, imprisoned princes, tournaments, Greeks, and  crazy jailer's daughters (there's only one of those really).

It will be dramatic. It will be exciting in the extreme.  Thrills and chills await you gentle reader when you witness it performed (at some undetermined date).

Stay tuned for the cast list.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Fall Show 2015

Julius Caesar

Performance Dates: October 29th, November 1st and 2nd
Author: William Shakespeare
Published: 1623 (First Folio)
Directors- Molly Earner and Abby Russo
Stage Manager- Rachel Kilgore
Assistant Stage Manager- Maddie Gaetano
Costume Designer- Honora Overby
Technical Director- Hayley Wenk
Fight Choreographer- Jason Via
Sound Design- Kat Knoerl
Publicity- Abby Kahler and Rachel Kilgore

Special Thanks: Christine Fulgham (Production Photographs)

Marcus Brutus- Isabel Steven
Caius Cassius- Becca Symes
Julius Caesar- Clive LePage
Mark Antony- Jason Via
Casca- Andrew Brockmeyer
Decius- Ryan Vaughn
Cinna- Tom Vesters
Metellus Cimber- Honora Overby
Trebonius- Kat Knoerl
Ligarius- Shawn Gardner 
Flavius/ Servant- Lydia House
Marullus/ 3rd Citizen- Garrett Chatlin
Artemidorus/Octavius Caesar- Daniel Burruss 
Calpurnia/ 1st Citizen- Elizabeth Dannenfelser
Portia/ 2nd Citizen/ messenger- Isabelle Baucum 
Lucius- Brian Bruno


Monday, October 26, 2015

Happening This Weekend

All the blood, sweat, and tears are coming together and producing a beautiful work of art.  That's right, Shakespeare in the Dark will premier its fall production, Julius Caesar, this weekend.

Come see the quirky, manic, and paranoid inmates of Rome plot Caesar's assassination!

Commonwealth Auditorium:
October 29th at 8 pm
November 1st at 8 pm
November 2nd at 8 pm

Here is a nifty trailer for your delight and delectation.

Additionally, at 6 pm on November 2nd the club will finish reading The Tempest in TUCKER HALL.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Field Trip Next WEEK

In case this wasn't clear, if you signed up (i.e. filled out the survey last month COMMITTING to the Staunton Trip) YOU CAN COME.  If you're name was on a list emailed out by SitD saying that you are committed, you have a spot on the trip.  If you have NOT PAID yet, that is ok.  You're spot has not been cancelled.  Please bring the money tonight to meeting or contact Isabel Steven (search for her email in Student Directory) to give her the funds.

Just wanted to clear that up.

We will depart for Staunton on October 25th at 9:00 in the morning from the PBK parking lot.  This is the side of building that faces Jamestown Road.

We hope to arrive by noon to allow time for those who wish to buy lunch before the show at 2:00.

Those who are being driven, please bring a few dollars to contribute to your driver's gas fund. Everyone should also either bring money for lunch (there are a plethora of lovely restaurants and coffee places in Stanton) OR pack food of your own. Car snacks also encouraged, as we may return to campus as late as 8 pm.

I can't wait to see the Winter's Tale and I can't wait to take this trip with ALL OF YOU!