Students, Faculty, Staff and Community Invited to Listen, Read from Remaining Nine Plays

Lincroft, NJ (April 18, 2014)—When William Shakespeare turns 450 years old this Wednesday, the English Department at Brookdale Community College will celebrate by achieving the goal it set four years ago: marking the day by having read aloud from all 37 of his plays. The final annual birthday reading, the fourth since 2011, will take place from 4 to 8:30 p.m. in the Experimental Theater located in the Performing Arts Center at the Lincroft campus.

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend as listeners or participants. As always, readings will take place over four hours and 23 minutes, to mark the numbers of the month and day of Shakespeare’s birth. 

In the past, interpretations have ranged from straight readings of monologues to impromptu performances from scenes. This has resulted in a combination of moving moments, laughter and plain entertainment, noted James Cody, the Brookdale English professor responsible for the idea. 

“The event motivates students to try out their reading and even acting skills, but more so to get over their apprehension over Shakespeare’s language. The evening demonstrates that Shakespeare can be fun,” Cody said.

Wednesday’s event includes readings from nine Shakespeare plays: Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, Timon of Athens, Coriolanus, Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale, Henry VIII and The Tempest.

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