A ROWDY SHAKESPEARE FAIRE AT THE MANHATTAN PUBLIC LIBRARY
When is it alright to hurl Shakespearean insults at a professor while visiting the public library? Only on Saturday, February 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the Shakespeare Faire for all ages at the Manhattan Public Library.
As part of the city-wide celebration of Shakespeare and his works while the First Folio is in town, the Manhattan Public Library is partnering with K-State to host a full day of fun and festivities. Visitors can come and go at this all-day event, and should feel free to wear their best tights.
The ruckus kicks off at 10:00 a.m. with a workshop led by Melissa Poll, from the K-State School of Music, Theater, and Dance, who will teach kids, teens, and adults how to give a great insult, Shakespearean style. Participants will get to hoot and holler and yell out phrases like “You scullion! You rampallian! Thou art as loathsome as a toad!” all with the permission of the teacher. Professor Poll will also share interesting facts about Shakespeare’s time and engage the audience in a fun trivia game.
Then, at 11:00, Michael Donnelly, of the K-State English Department, will talk about “Tinkering with Shakespeare’s Text,” with an afterword from Don Hedrick, also of KSU English.
At 11:30 the K-State Collegium Musicum will offer a Renaissance Instrument Petting Zoo followed by a concert of the musical ensemble directed by David Wood in the library’s atrium at 12:00.
For the scholarly-minded,TED-style speed talks will be presented by four K-State English professors starting at 12:30 p.m. Explore the world of the Bard with topics such as “Reviving Desdemona: Toni Morrison and Othello” and “Shakespeare and Comics.”
At 1:00, the library will be presented with a copy of the First Folio which will remain on display. Also at 1:00, get ready for a “Sonnets and Soliloquies: Open Mic” event with David Mackay and students of the K-State School of Music, Theater and Dance. Step up to the mic to show your stuff, or enjoy the beautiful poetry and dramatic readings from the audience. Copies of the sonnets and plays will be provided.
Then, the Manhattan Experimental Theater Workshop will present modern interpretations of short scenes from Shakespeare’s works at 2:00. At 3:00, the lights will dim for a showing of a modern film adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s comedies. The series will continue with more films the first three Saturdays in March at 2:00 p.m. in the library’s auditorium.
The celebration doesn’t stop there! On March 3, library staff and guests will meet at the Little Apple Brewing Company, located at 1110 Westloop Drive, for a casual Shakespeare Reading Party. Guests will take turns reading through The Comedy of Errors with plenty of time-outs for food and conversation. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by the Manhattan Library Association. Drinks and dinner are available for individual purchase. As registration is required for this event only, those interested may visit or call the library to sign up, or use the link on the library’s website at www.MHKLibrary.org .
The Shakespeare Faire on February 20 is co-sponsored by Manhattan Public Library and Kansas State University. Events are free and open to the public. For more information, or to join in the fun, visit the Manhattan Public Library at 629 Poyntz Avenue. Questions can also be answered by librarians at firstname.lastname@example.org or (785) 776-4741 ext. 300.