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Summer of Shakespeare

It’s all about the Bard this summer at MPL! Join us for a free performance, lecture, or screening. Click on an event listing for more information (including registration, if required). Summer of Shakespeare is funded in part by a grant from the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs as part of their Essex County Local Arts Grant Program.

Lectures and Performances:

Romeo & Juliet
(Adults, teens)
Performed by the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ
At St. Luke’s Episcopal Church – Assembly Hall
Saturday, May 11, noon

The Immortal Bard: Shakespeare’s Direction Preserved in Script
(Adults, teens)
Instructor: Freddie Harris
Thursday, May 16, 7 p.m.

Mourning, Melancholy, and the Afterlife of Romeo and Juliet
(Adults, teens)
Instructor: Adam Rzepka
Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m.

To Be or To B-flat: William Shakespeare’s
Influence on Music History
Instructor: Dan Lupo
Thursday, June 13, 1 p.m.

Verily, Madly, Thine!
(Adults, teens, families)
Performed by the Shrewd Mechanicals
Saturday, July 20, 2 p.m.

Ayers for an English Afternoon
Elizabethan music performed by Tracy Cowart, mezzo-soprano, Jason Priset, lute, and John Mark Rozendaal, viola da gamba,
(Adults, teens, families)
Saturday, August 3, 4 p.m.


Film screenings:

Romeo & Juliet (1968)
(Adults, teens)
Friday, June 14, 2 p.m.

West Side Story (1961)
(Adults, teens)
Wednesday, July 3, 2 p.m.

Romeo + Juliet (1996)
(Adults, teens)
Monday, July 8, 6 p.m.

Outdoor Family Movie:
Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
On the Library Plaza
Co-sponsored by Montclair Film
Friday, July 26, 8:30 p.m.

Warm Bodies (2013)
(Adults, teens)
Tuesday, July 16, 6 p.m.

Shakespeare in Love (1998)
(Adults, teens)
Tuesday, August 20, 6 p.m.


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