Santa Fe Shakescenes Announces a New Way to Experience Shakespeare

Editor | - August 2, 2012

"...a series of four 75-minute programs including scenes and music from the most popular of Shakespeare’s plays, each organized around a different theme"

From a Santa Fe Shakescenes press release...

This September in Santa Fe, Shakespeare will be offered in an entirely new format—a series of four 75-minute programs including scenes and music from the most popular of Shakespeare’s plays, each organized around a different theme.

The group has been formed by Artistic Director Robert Benedetti, a three-time Emmy and Peabody Award- winning film producer and director of multiple productions at the Oregon, Colorado, and Great Lakes Shakespeare Festivals and the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre.

The program is sponsored by The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, The Shakespeare Guild, and the Performing Arts Department at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

The ensemble includes some of Santa Fe’s leading actors: Nicholas Ballas, Acushla Bastible, Charles Gamble, Kristie Karsen, Suzanne Lederer, Jonathan Richards, and Victor Talmadge. Each performance will be followed by an optional conversation with members of the cast.

The series of four concert readings is offered at 4 p.m. each Sunday throughout the month of September, 2012, at THE FORUM on the campus of The Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive.

September 9: A FOOL TO MAKE ME MERRY – Comic highlights from plays such as "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", "As You Like It," "Henry IV," "King Lear," "Macbeth" and T"he Tempest."

September 16: THE VERY ECSTASY OF LOVE - Witty exchanges from "Much Ado About Nothing," "The Taming of the Shrew," "Twelfth Night" and other works.

September 23: NOT WISELY BUT TOO WELL - An exploration of love and its perils, as dramatized in "Antony and Cleopatra," "Hamlet," "King Lear," "Othello" and "Romeo and Juliet."

September 30: THE DEPTHS AND SHOALS OF HONOR - Thought-provoking dialogues about honor in "Henry IV," "Henry VIII," "Julius Caesar" and "Hamlet."

Tickets are $20 general admission, or all four programs for $60; $10 for students. $5 Student Rush seats go on sale 10 minutes before curtain as available.

Purchase tickets in advance at Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic, 505 988-1234, or visit

The photograph above features from left to right: Acushla Bastible, Charles Gamble, Suzanne Lederer, Robert Benedetti, Nicholas Ballas, Jonathan Richards and Kristie Karsen.