Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY … In addition to an elaborate production of The Comedy of Errors at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse, Hofstra University’s 65th Annual Shakespeare Festival features Something Wicked, a one-hour adaptation of Macbeth, geared toward for young theatergoers, and the Festival Musicale, a concert of early music by the Hofstra Collegium Musicum.
Something Wicked, and the concert, “Kemp’s Jig,” will be performed together on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 2 p.m. at The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, South Campus. Something Wicked, will also have special performances on Monday, March 10, and Thursday, March 13, at 8 p.m. at the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Theater, South Campus.
Tickets for these three performances are $6; members of the Hofstra community may receive up to two free tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. For tickets and more information call the Hofstra Box Office at 516-463-6644 or visit www.hofstra.edu/drama-dance or www.hofstra.edu/music .
The Hofstra Collegium Musicum is an ensemble of students, faculty and alumni from the Music Department devoted to the performance of early music. This year’s Festival Musicale, directed by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Christopher Morrongiello, is Kemp’s Jig, featuring guest artist Alex Schirling, bass. The concert explores the lighter side of 16th- and early 17th-century madrigals, rounds, lute songs, villancicos, and instrumental works. Composers include Thomas Weelkes, John Dowland, Diego Ortiz, Thomas Campion, among other musical wits of the period. The program is named after Will Kemp, the Elizabethan actor, comedian, and song-and-dance man. He was said to have danced a jig from London all the way up to Norwich (about 105 miles!).
Something Wicked, the abridged version of Macbeth, is an excellent introduction to the works of William Shakespeare. This is the seventh year that a one-hour adaptation of a Shakespearean work has been performed as part of the Shakespeare Festival. Something Wicked was adapted from Macbeth by Hofstra Adjunct Professor of English Maureen Connolly McFeeley and is directed by Associate Professor of Drama Ilona Pierce.
The cast and crew of Something Wicked are also touring local high schools. For many of the high school students seeing the tour, it is their first exposure to a Shakespearean production. The tour also gives the Hofstra students the extremely valuable experience of taking a show on the road – operating as if they were a traveling acting troupe during Elizabethan times. The tour is something the Hofstra students also manage logistically and artistically.
This year’s tour of Something Wicked includes performances at Lawrence High School, Lawrence Woodmere High School, Locust Valley High School and Mepham High School.