Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Georgia Shakespeare Cancels Shake at the Lake 2009

Company Plans to Bring Event Back for 25th Anniversary Season

Georgia Shakespeare's popular Shake at the Lake, free Shakespeare in Piedmont Park, has been put on hiatus for 2009, producing artistic director Richard Garner announced today. Citing the difficulty in raising the necessary funds to completely underwrite the cost of this free community program, Garner said that the company is optimistic the event will be back in 2010 as part of Georgia Shakespeare's 25th Anniversary Season.

"It has become clear over the last month that we will not be able to secure the full funding needed to present Shake at the Lake in 2009," Garner said. "While we are saddened that the event will not happen this year, we feel this is a fiscally responsible action taken to ensure ongoing stability of the company as we continue to serve our core mission of mainstage and educational programs. We look forward to working with our donors, the City of Atlanta, and our friends at the Piedmont Park Conservancy to ensure that Shake at the Lake is back in the park in 2010 as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary Season."

Shake at the Lake had been scheduled for May 7 - 11.

Georgia Shakespeare's 2009 season, which runs June 10 through November 1 at the Conant Performing Arts Center, includes: A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (June 10 - July 31); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams (June 25 - August 1); Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare (July 9 - August 2); Alice in Wonderland based on the work of Lewis Carroll (July 18 - August 1); and Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (October 8 - November 1).

In addition, Georgia Shakespeare will present a one-week engagement of Rick Miller's MacHomer, a one-man fusion of Shakespeare's Macbeth and the cultural phenomenon The Simpsons. Scheduled for August 26 - 30, MacHomer has been hailed as "a must see for all Simpson fans" by the Toronto Sun.

Subscription packages and Bard Card flex passes are currently on sale. For more information, call 404.264.0020 or visit gashakespeare.org.

Founded in 1986, Georgia Shakespeare creates thoughtful, bold and passionate interpretations of a diverse body of work rooted in Shakespeare and branching out to embrace the best writers and ideas of all eras. Through mainstage and education work, Georgia Shakespeare strives to entertain, to ignite the imagination and to creatively explore the journey of the human spirit.
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