Instant Shakespeare Company
The Instant Shakespeare Company is dedicated to the proposition that Shakespeare is for Everyone!
The company organizes annual readings of ALL of Shakespeare's plays using original Folio & Quarto texts.
Founded and run by Paul Sugarman, we are now in our 14th Season of Readings of ALL of Shakespeare's plays.
Instant Shakespeare Company to present 550th Free Reading of Shakespeare's Plays!The Instant Shakespeare Company is now in it's 14th season of presenting annual free readings of all of Shakespeare's Plays. This year we will reach our 550th reading with A Midsommer Nights Dreame on Sat August 24th at 1pm at the Muhlenberg Branch of the NYPL
Shakespeare for Everyone!The Instant Shakespeare readings are set up to make Shakespeare accessible. The readings are usually without rehearsal, but they are on-your-feet Instant staged readings where the readers/actors move around as much as they feel comfortable. Readers are encouraged to share with their fellow readers and the audience so that the plays can exist as words and thoughts communicated through space, not just words on the page.
Although most of the participants in the Instant Shakespeare readings are actors, all who wish to participate are invited to do so. Generally each reading has a Play Master(PM) responsible for casting and those who wish to participate can contact the PM. Sometimes there are still roles open at the reading and audience members can participate.
Instant Shakespeare Company 14th SeasonISC 13th Season of Readings of ALL of Shakespeare's plays.
Readings in the New York Public Library in NYC at
BL Bloomingdale Branch NYPL 150 West 100th St.
EP Epiphany Branch, 228 East 23rd St
JM Jefferson Market Branch NYPL 425 Ave. of the Americas(at 10th St.)
MU Muhlenberg Branch NYPL 209 West 23rd St. (near Seventh Ave.)
RI Riverside Branch NYPL 127 Amsterdam Ave. (at 65th St.)
SA St. Agnes Branch NYPL444 Amsterdam Ave. (at 81st St.)
Readings at 1 pm unless otherwise specified
Sat. 8/3 1 pm Richard the Third at SA
Sat. 8/10 1pm Pericles, Prince of Tyre at MU
Sat. 8/17 1 pm Hamlet at RI
Sat. 8/24 1 pm Midsommer Nights Dreame at MU
Sat 8/31 2pm Shakes-For-All, do whatever Shakespeare scene or monologue at JM
Sat. 9/7 Romeo and Juliet at MU
Sat. 9/14 Two Noble Kinsmen at MU
Sat. 9/21 Richard II at RI
Sat. 9/28? King John at TBD
Sat. 10/5 Timon of Athens at BL
Sat. 10/12 Antony and Cleopatra at ?
Sat. 10/19 Troilus and Cressida at RI
Sat. 10/26 Cymbeline at MU
Sat. 11/2 ??? at TBD
Sat. 11/9 Henry IV, Part I at MU
Sat. 11/16 Henry IV, Part II at RI
Sat. 11/23 Henry V at ?
Sat. 12/7 Winter's Tale at BL
Sat. 12/14 All's Well That Ends Well at EP
Sat. 12/21 Tempest at RI
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