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[Update: Cancellations] Murray Shakespeare Festival 2015: "Method In Madness"

Courtesy of American Shakespeare Center. Photo by Michael Bailey.

Fourth Update: The Friday, March 6 10 AM performance of Hamlet has been canceled. 

Third Update:  Per Dr. Rusty Jones: Thursday's 10 AM performance of Much Ado About Nothing and Thursday's 7 PM performance of Hamlet are canceled. Watch for updates concerning the Friday, 10 AM performance of Hamlet.

Second Update: Per Dr. Rusty Jones: Due to weather concerns, the 5-6:30 PM American Shakespeare Center workshop at Playhouse in the Park has been canceled. The Thursday, 4-5 PM lecture on Hamlet on Film by Dr. Mickey Wadia from Austin Peay is also canceled. Please watch this page for updates on the Thursday, March 5, 10 AM production of Much Ado About Nothing, the Thursday, 7 PM production of Hamlet, and the Friday, March 6, 10 AM production of Hamlet.

Update: Sounds Good conversation with Dr. Rusty Jones and commentary by Dr. Andy Black about the Cinema International film Much Ado About Nothing added to this article.

The American Shakespeare Center of Staunton, Virginia, will grace the Lovett Auditorium stage once again with performances of Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet, March 2-6. Hear "A Minute With Shakespeare" on WKMS weekdays leading up to the performances at 7:19 a.m., 12:19 p.m. and 4:19 p.m.

Cinema International's Dr. Andy Black talks about making Shakespeare accessible through the medium of film and what can get lost or gained in the translation.


Much Ado About Nothing: March 3 at 7 p.m.; March 5 at 10 a.m.

Hamlet: March 5 at 7 p.m.; March 6 at 10 a.m.

Workshops and Activities:

Feb. 26 – 28

Cinema International: Much Ado About Nothing (2012) Directed by Joss Whedon, Curris Center Theater, 7:30 p.m., Free Admission

Monday, March 2

Noon – 1 p.m. - Shakespeare Flash Mob, Curris Center, Rocking Chair Lounge

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. - Lecture: Dr. Andy Black, “The Revolution will not be Hamletized: Shakespeare in the 1960s," FA 623

6 – 7 p.m. - The Tempest, presentation and open rehearsal with Daryl Philipy, Johnson Theater

Tuesday, March 3

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. - Workshop: Stage Combat (Matthew Crider and ASC), Lovett Auditorium

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. - Workshop: Shakespeare’s Rhetoric (ASC), Lovett Auditorium

Wednesday, March 4

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. - Lecture: Dr. Barbara Cobb, “Watching Ophelia,” FA 623

5 – 6:30 p.m. - Workshop: “Acting Choices,” Playhouse in Park (in Murray’s Central Park)

Thursday, March 5

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. - Gender & Diversity Studies Roundtable with Tracie Gilbert, FH 107

4 – 5 p.m. - Lecture: Dr. Mickey Wadia (from Austin Peay State University) “Hamlet on Film,” FH 208

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Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
Todd Hatton hails from Paducah, Kentucky, where he got into radio under the auspices of the late, great John Stewart of WKYX while a student at Paducah Community College. He also worked at WKMS in the reel-to-reel tape days of the early 1990s before running off first to San Francisco, then Orlando in search of something to do when he grew up. He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Murray State University. He vigorously resists adulthood and watches his wife, Angela Hatton, save the world one plastic bottle at a time.
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