A rare printed collection of Shakespeare’s plays is a highlight of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival this summer, one of five events commemorating the Bard’s death 400 years ago.
“First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare,” is an exhibit at Tulane University of what was the first printed collection of the Bard’s plays. Only 233 copies are known to exist. The exhibit runs May 9-31.
Tulane’s Lupin Theater will host Lisa Wolpe’s “Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender” in May, and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” in June and July.?One of his most beloved comedies, “Verona” has cross-dressing, music, bandits, broken hearts and a scene-stealing pooch.
A production of Tony Kushner’s “The Illusion” will run in late July and August. An adaptation of Corneille’s 17th century French work, “The Illusion” begins as a desperate man stumbles into a sorcerer’s cave in search of his estranged son.
Finally, t wo collaborations with The NOLA Project, titled “By Any Scenes Necessary,” will run June 21 and July 27 in Tulane’s Lupin Theater. “By Any Scenes Necessary” will attempt to re-create “Macbeth” and “Hamlet” without a script, with the Bard as host.