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 have started our 16th Season of Readings of ALL of Shakespeare's plays.
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.
2016 Instant Shakespeare Company17th Annual Reading Marathon
Readings in NYC at
67 67th Street Branch, 328 East 67th St.
BL Bloomingdale Branch NYPL, 150 West 100th St.
EP Epiphany Branch NYPL, 228 East 23rd St
CO Columbus Branch NYPL, 742 10th Ave. Between 50 &51st St.
JM Jefferson Market Branch NYPL, 425 Ave of the Americas at 10th St.
MB Mulberry Street Branch NYPL, 10 Jersey St. between Lafayette & Mulberry
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 NYPL, 444 Amsterdam Ave. (at 81st St.)
PM indicates Play Master
3/5 Twelfth Night at CO, PM Paul Battiato
3/19 1:30 pm Two Gentlemen of Verona at EP, PM Paul Sugarman
3/19 Comedy of Errors at RI, PM Kenneth Wayne
3/26 1:30 pm Richard III at 67, PM Paul Sugarman
4/2 Julius Caesar at MB, PM Paul Battiato
4/9 Taming of the Shrew at BL, PM Kenneth Wayne
4/16 Edward 3 at RI, PM Derek Tarson
4/23 Love's Labour's Lost, PM Charlene Cowden Kellogg / Sonnets at MU
4/30 Titus Andronicus at SA, PM Paul Sugarman
5/7 Tempest at CO, PM Paul Battiato
5/21 King John at EP, PM Derek Tarson
5/21 The School for Scandal at RI, PM David Seatter
6/4 Romeo and Juliet at MB, PM Paul Battiato
6/11 Much Ado about Nothing at BL, PM David Seatter
6/18 Coriolanus at RI, PM Matt Gordon
6/25 Othello at MU, PM Eleanor Elizabeth Forman
7/2 Hamlet at CO, PM Paul Battiato
7/9 2:30pm Pericles at JM, PM TBD
7/16 Antony and Cleopatra at EP, PM Drew Bolander
7/16 Two Noble Kinsmen at RI, PM TBD
7/23 1:30 pm Midsummer Night's Dream at 67, PM David Seatter
7/30 As You Like It at SA, PM Paul Battiato
8/6 Richard II at MB, PM Kenneth Wayne
8/13 Henry IV, Part I at BL, PM Alexandra Cremer
8/20 Henry IV, Part II at RI, PM David Seatter
8/27 Henry V at MU, PM Alexandra Cremer
9/17 Measure for Measure at EP, PM Charlene Cowden Kellogg
9/17 The Way of the World by Congreve at RI, PM Anna Cody
9/24 1:30 pm Merchant of Venice at 67, PM Michael EM Gardner
10/1 Henry VI, Part I at MB, PM TBD
10/8 Henry VI, Part II at BL, PM TBD
10/15 Henry VI, Part III at RI, PM Derek Tarson
10/22 Edmund Ironside at MU, PM Eleanor Elizabeth Forman
10/29 Timon of Athens at SA, PM Michael EM Gardner
11/5 Macbeth at CO, PM Anna Cody
11/19 Troilus and Cressida at EP, PM TBD
11/19 Merry Wives of Windsor at RI, PM Anna Cody
11/26 1:30 pm Cymbeline at 67, PM Paul Battiato
12/3 Winter's Tale, at MB, PM Anna Cody
12/10 King Lear (Quarto) at BL, PM Kenneth Wayne
12/17 All's Well That Ends Well at RI, PM TBD
Playmasters 2016, 17th Season
Paul Battiato, firstname.lastname@example.org
Drew Bolander, email@example.com
Anna Cody, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexandra Cremer, email@example.com
Eleanor Elizabeth Forman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael EM Gardener, email@example.com
Matt Gordon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlene Cowden Kellogg, email@example.com
David Seatter, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Sugarman, email@example.com
Derek Tarson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenneth Wayne, (718) 241-9539
TBD=To Be Determined
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