All's Well That Ends Well
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2015 Shakespeare Festival
Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival’s presents
All’s Well That Ends Well
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Karen Libman
October 2 to 11, 2015
Neither a Shakespearian tragedy nor comedy but all ends well!
“Love in spite of it all, love when there is no hope, love because there is nothing else that matters in the end.” Helena, an orphan with little hope but great courage and tremendous intelligence uses every trick in the book to win her man. Is he flawed? Yes, certainly. Does he know what he’s missing? No, he doesn’t...yet. Full of comic characters, adventure, swashbuckling and bravado, this play proves that no one is a match for a truly determined woman.
October 2*, 8**, 9, & 10 @ 7:30 p.m.
October 3*, 4*, & 11 @ 2:00 p.m.
October 5, 6, & 8*** @ 10:00 a.m.
*GVSU Family Weekend
**Sign language interpretation available
***High school performances only.
Brian Webb as Richard III in 2012.
Brain Webb will return to GSVU's Louis Armstrong Theatre stage. Brian was last seen here as King Richard in Richard III. Mr. Webb is a member of Actors' Equity Association and will portray the role of Parolles in this year's All's Well That Ends Well.
Opening Night Reception Immediately following the October 2 performance
Preshow Discussions: Free discussions are led by Grand Valley English Professors Jo Miller, Ph.D. and Ben Lockerd, Ph.D.
Mr. Grant Mudge will lead the opening night discussion on October 2 at 6:45 p.m.
VanSolkema Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus
Bard To Go: Witty Fools and Foolish Wits: Directed by Alli Metz
Through the eyes of the Bard’s fool characters, audiences journey through scenes from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, As You Like It, The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and King Lear.
Shakespeare’s fools and clowns are more than just comedians, they also open turn out to be the wisest of his characters, speaking the truth with wit and humor.
Grand Valley’s international traveling Shakespeare troupe visits area high schools and performs a collage of scenes to introduce younger students to Shakespeare. Bard To Go is part of the educational outreach programs
incorporated into the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival. Free public performances will be available on the Allendale Campus. Call us or watch our website for times and locations.
Grand Valley Renaissance Faire and Greenshow: October 3 and 4, 2015
On the "greensward", Cook Carillon Tower, Allendale Campus
One of the most successful free renaissance festivals in Michigan created and run by Grand Valley students. The Greenshow will perform on both days. Visit gvsu.edu/shakes for dates and times.
GVSU Student Competition and Awards Ceremony, November 7, 2015
Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus
Admission is free.
Shakespeare Guest Scholar-in-Residence
“My Sighs Stream: Comedy and Empowerment in All’s Well That Ends Well”
Grant Mudge is in his third year as artistic director for the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, having previously served as the founding artistic director for the Richmond Shakespeare Festival in Virginia for more than 15 years. Mudge is a member of Notre Dame’s film, television, and theatre faculty and also serves on the Executive Committee of the Shakespeare Theatre Association.
Pere Marquette Room, Russel H. Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus
October 2 . . . . . . 3:00 p.m. Reception and 4:00 p.m. Presentation.
Mr. Mudge will also lead the October 2 free pre-show discussion at 6:45pm in VanSolkema Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center.