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Janice Blixt named MSF artistic director

Ne w MSF Artistic Director Janice Blixt Press release from the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, November 11, 2009: After months of searching and interviews, The Michigan Shakespeare Festival is proud to announce the selection of their new Artistic Director: Janice L. Blixt. Janice is currently the Producing Artistic Director of A CREW OF PATCHES THEATRE COMPANY, a Chicago repertory company specializing in Shakespeare. For the Patches she has directed such classics as: JULIUS CAESAR, MACBETH, TWELFTH NIGHT, and ROMEO & JULIET. For other Chicago theatres she has directed ROMEO & JULIET, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, and HENRY V. She has also been the vocal director and text coach for OTHELLO, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, and HAMLET. Janice has also made a name for herself in the world of workshops and classes, teaching classical text work, voice, and Folio Technique for professional actors, Eastern Michigan Univer

Give summer Shakespeare getaway

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival is offering a great gift for the Shakespeare lover on your holiday list. You can purchase a one-, two-, or three-play package to the Michigan Shakespeare Festival in Jackson, Michigan next summer. Packages are available for the weekends of July 23, 24, and 25; July 30, 31, and August 1; and August 6, 7, and 8 when two Shakespeare plays: Romeo & Juliet and The Comedy of Errors , and Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy will be offered in repertory. Packages are available for: $99 for two tickets to one play and dinner for two at Daryl's Downtown (special menu, no alcohol included) $250 for two tickets to two plays, dinner for two at Daryl's Downtown (special menu, no alcohol included), a Saturday overnight at The Claddagh including full breakfast Sunday morning, and a backstage tour and a private meeting with the new MSF artistic director (name not announced at this time). $299 for two tickets to three plays, and all of the above. 

Oberon chair weighs in on Shapiro

Oberon Chairperson Tom Hunter posted a comment on De Vere Society Secretary Richard Malim's report on the Nov. 28 conference at The Globe theater in London on the Shakespeare Oxford Society blog. Hunter's long comment addresses his understanding of Malim's report on James Shapiro's view of the authorship question -- a view that will be elucidated with the publication of Shapiro's Contested Will to be published March/April 2010. Hunter said, in part: Shapiro appears to be saying that (18th century Shakespeare biographer Edmond) Malone’s failing is this: “It diminishes the power of Shakespeare’s imagination: all his characters are within that imagination.” In other words, Shapiro has brought Stratfordians to another dead end, an equivalent of the genius defense, and a betrayal of their misunderstanding of how literature is created. View the report and Hunter's entire comment on the SOS blog at: