LINCROFT, NJ – Brookdale Community College will celebrate the 452nd birthday of William Shakespeare with the sixth annual Shakespeare Read-A-Thon on Thursday, April 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Lincroft.

Residents of all ages are invited to dress as their favorite Shakespearean character and join friends, family and fellow community members in a collaborative reading from the Bard’s works.

This year’s program will celebrate the women of Shakespeare, shining a spotlight on the most memorable moments involving female characters such as Lady Macbeth, Rosalind, Juliet, Miranda and Desdemona. Individual and group readings of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets are encouraged. Spectators are welcome as well.

“This annual celebration encourages people to try out their reading and acting skills, but more so to conquer their apprehension over Shakespeare’s language,” said Brookdale English Professor James Cody. “It shows that Shakespeare can be fun.”

The Read-A-Thon will be held in the Brookdale Performing Arts Center, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. Refreshments will be served. Parking is in Lot 1. For more information contact Professor James Cody at jcody@brookdalecc.edu or call (732) 224-2681.