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2018: ShakesSports

Let’s get ready to rumble!!! 

The Macbeths playing hockey? Midsummer fairies having a hand in a tennis match? King Lear… playing Quidditch?!? Anything can happen at Silicon Valley Shakespeare’s fourth annual 48-hour festival, co-produced with the  Foothill College Theatre Arts Department, where our writers will explore what happens when sports get thrown into a Shakespeare classic!

Dates: January 5-7, 2018

Location: Lohman Theatre, Foothill College

Theme: What happens to Shakespeare’s plays when a random sport is introduced to the story?

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Schedule:

Friday, 6:30pmPlay Festival Kickoff – Teams are assigned and writers draw, at random, a Shakespeare play and a sport on which to base their script. All teams will be given a required line of dialogue, prop, and surprise requirement to incorporate into their pieces. Directors will sign up for rehearsal space slots and collect actor’s contact information for distributing scripts.

SaturdayRehearsals are held starting at 12:30pm at The Armory in downtown San Jose. Scripts are due from writers at 12:00pm. Writers are required to email a copy to their director (who will send to the cast) and 48-hour festival staff. You will have all day to hunt for costumes and props and rehearse like a Shakespearean madman!

Sunday, Daytime: Rehearsals at Foothill College. In addition to your independent work, each team gets a 30-minute slot onstage between 11:00am-3:00pm to rehearse. A tech run-through of the entire festival will start on stage at 3:30pm.

Sunday, 6:30pm: SHOWTIME for ShakesSports ($12 admission)

Our audience will be given a ballot to determine which play is the Audience Favorite. Team members are not permitted to vote.

For additional information please contact SVS Artistic Director, Angie Higgins, at  angie.higgins@svshakespeare.org.


Past Festivals

Check out the plays, artists, and audience favorites from our past festivals!

ShakesSports

Dates: January 5-7, 2018

Co-producer: Foothill College Theatre Arts Department

Location: Lohman Theatre, Foothill College

Theme: What happens to Shakespeare’s plays when sports get thrown in?

CyberShakes

Dates: December 9-11, 2016

Co-producer: Foothill College Theatre Arts Department

Location: Lohman Theatre, Foothill College

Theme: What happens to Shakespeare’s plays when a random piece of technology is introduced to the story?

Shakespeare Mashups

Dates: December 4-6, 2015

Co-producer: Foothill College Theatre Arts Department

Location: Lohman Theatre, Foothill College

Theme: What happens when two random Shakespeare plays collide? Each play is a combination of one comedy and one tragedy.

Shakespearean Epilogues

Dates: September 19-21, 2014

Co-producer: San José State University

Location: San José State University Theatre

Theme: What may have happened after the curtain fell on Shakespeare’s most famous works?

From zero to new Shakespeare play in two days!

Every year, Silicon Valley Shakespeare produces a 48-hour play festival, partnering with a local college or university.

In one weekend (48 hours!), a wide array of local artists start with nothing, write, rehearse, and do a full public performance of eight new short plays!

This year’s festival will be in early January, 2018, co-produced once again with the Foothill College Theatre Arts Department. Details coming soon!

How it works

6:30pm Friday: Eight teams – each with a local writer, director, and actors – meet and find out their play’s criteria.Criteria: the Shakespeare play inspiring theirs, a required line of dialogue, required prop, and other surprises.12pm Saturday: The writer submits a completed script, having spent all night writing from scratch!Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon: Everyone rehearses. A lot.6:30pm Sunday: Eight completely new short plays premiere, in a full production for the public.

At the end of the performance, the audience votes for their favorites. Votes are counted during a brief audience talkback with the writers and directors.