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Opens Aug 5, 2022:

New Mexico Shakespeare Festival

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Debi Kierst (King Lear) and Julia Thudium (As You Like It)

King Lear
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Debi Kierst

The play is about families—fathers and daughters, fathers and sons, sisters and their husbands and lovers, brothers natural and unnatural. Ordinary jealousies, demands for love, sibling rivalries, desire for money and power, and petty cruelties are all taken to the extreme. It has been considered by many to be Shakespeare's crowning artistic achievement.

Ms. Kierst was seen in 2021's Twelfth Night as Malvolio. She has directed and acted for ALT, the Adobe, Sandia Prep and the Vortex, creating productions of Angels in America, The Fantasticks, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest and others.

As You Like It
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Julia Thudium

The play is being set in in its own time, Arden time. In this version, the mythical forest of Arden is where magic reigns and impossible things happen every day. This show will be filled with music and movement, laughter and most especially joy, joy for the audience and joy for the players.

Ms. Thudium is one of the founders and former Artistic Director of Mother Road Theatre Company. She has been seen in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Memory of Water, and others, and directed Spitfire Grill, All is Calm - The Christmas Truce of 1914, Life During Wartime, Moby Dick, Killer Angels, The Penelopiad, and at NMSF - The Tempest.

August 5-September 3, 2022. Thu-Sun 7:30pm.

Tickets: FREE.

Will Power: Shakespeare educational program for ages 9 – 15

Posted: June 20, 2022.

In this two-week session, students will discover The Bard through reading, writing, memorizing, analyzing, and performing the words of William Shakespeare. Classes meet July 25 – August 5, from 9 a.m to 12 p.m. at The Vortex. Cost is $140 for the 2 week session. Scholarships and discounts for multiple family members are available.

All classes will be taught by Jeff Dolecek, who holds a B.A. in Theatre from Valparaiso University, an M.Ed in Instructional Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and middle grade (6th-8th) endorsements in Language Arts and Drama.


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