Oberon Chair Tom Hunter accepted the invitation of Michigan Shakespeare Festival Managing Director Robert Duha to present two pre-play, public talks during the 2010 festival season. Dates have not yet been set for the performance of Romeo and Juliet and Comedy of Errors next summer because the festival is currently negotiating for a new artistic director to replace John Neville Andrews. Duha said an announcement is imminent.
Duha reported that the festival hired David Blixt to create a 75-minute version of Romeo and Juliet that the company will tour in Jackson County high schools next April. Blixt is a Shakespearean actor, author of the novel Master of Verona, and founder with wife Janice Lee Blixt of A Crew of Patches Chicago-based, Shakespearean theater company.
Duha said the festival plans to repeat their annual high school monologue contest, and they hope to present the finalists at the festival for the first time this year. He also said the festival's new Marketing Director Sandra Xenakis plans to offer playgoing packages for holiday gift-giving. Packages will include tickets, dinner, and bed-and-breakfast accommodations for next summer's festival. For more information, check the website at Michigan Shakespeare Festival, email MSF@acd.net, or call 517-998-3673.