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[Audio] Murray Shakespeare Festival 2016: "Dangerous Dreams"

Photo by Michael Bailey, American Shakespeare Center

The American Shakespeare Center of Staunton, Virginia, returns to the Lovett Auditorium stage at Murray State University with performances of Julius Caesar and The Life of King Henry the Fifth. Events are underway with performances March 8 - 10. 

Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS
Dr. Rusty Jones on Sounds Good

On Sounds Good, Dr. Rusty Jones stops by to speak with Tracy Ross about this year's program, with the theme of "Dangerous Dreams." Also, hear the "Minutes with Shakespeare" produced at WKMS and see the full schedule of events for this festival:  

"A Minute with Shakespeare"

Hear these segments on WKMS weekdays leading up to the performances at 7:19 a.m., 12:19 p.m. and 4:19 p.m.

"Band of Brothers"
"Booth Caesar"
"Caesar Prose Poetry"
"Fluellen on Discipline"
"Friends Romans Countrymen"
"Harry Softens Kate"
"Henry and Katherine"
"Imaginary Forces"
"Isabel's Benediction"
"Mistaken Identity Caesar Style"
"Motivating Harry"
"Quotable Caesar"
"The Dauphins Balls"


Shakespeare Festival Events (with Performance dates) 

March 3-5:

  • Cinema International: Caesar Must Die, 7:30 PM, Curris Center Theater (free)

Monday, March 7:

  • Noon-1 PM: Shakespeare Flash Mob: Killing Caesar and the Shakespeare Chili Pepper Challenge (Rocking Chair Lounge, Curris Center)
  • 3:30-4:30 PM: Lecture, Dr. Kathy Callahan (History), “We Band of Brothers: Henry V and the Hundred Years War." Waterfield Library Tuesday,

March 8:

  • 7 PM: Performance: Julius Caesar (Lovett) Wednesday

March 9:

  • 10 AM: Performance: Julius Caesar (Lovett)
  • 3-4 PM: Workshop: “Basic Stage Combat” (Lovett)
  • 4-5 PM: Lecture, Dr. Andy Black (English and Philosophy), "Adapting Caesar: Caesar on Film in the 1930s and 1950s,” FH 107
  • 5-6:30 PM: Community Workshop: “Shakespeare’s Stage and Circumstances” (Playhouse in the Park, Central Park, Murray, KY)

March 10:

  • 10 AM: Performance: Julius Caesar (Lovett)
  • 3-4 PM: Lecture, Dr. Aaron Irvin (History), “Caesar: The History Behind the Story,” Waterfield Library
  • 4-5:30 PM: Panel Discussion: “The Experience of the Modern Warrior vs. Henry V: Did Shakespeare Get it Right?” (MSU Office of Veterans Affairs and Dept. of English and Philosophy); The Stables at The Curris Center
  • 7 PM: Performance: Henry V (Lovett)

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Credit Murray Shakespeare Festival

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
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.
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