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SHAKESBEER With An Irish Twist Spills Onto Stone St

SHAKESBEER With An Irish Twist Spills Onto Stone St

For the second year in a row, ShakesBEER, NYC's Original Shakespearean Pub Crawls, is a featured special event of the Origin's 1st Irish Theatre Festival, currently running in New York. Produced by NY Shakespeare Exchange, this special women-powered edition of their community-building, immersive pub crawls will unfold in the Financial District near Stone Street on consecutive Saturdays -- January 27 & February 3, from 3pm to 6pm.

"ShakesBEER... with an Irish Twist" launches at The Dubliner, 45 Stone Street (between Mill Lane and Coenties Alley), and hits four nearby bars in the course of an afternoon (the others are Bavaria Bierhaus, Beckett's and Route 66). Making not-so-strange bedfellows of George Bernard Shaw and The Bard, the line-up of classic scenes in which women call the shots includes priceless moments "Romeo and Juliet," "Pericles," "The Merry Wives of Windsor," and Shaw's "Misalliance."

The all-female directing team consists of Jennifer Curfman ("Romeo & Juliet); Stephanie C. Cunningham ("Misalliance"); Kim Krane ("Merry Wives"), and Liz Thaler ("Pericles"). The producers are Ross Williams and Charles Graytok.

The cast consists of Sean Hinckle, Sarah Kinsey, Steve Jones, Amanda Barron, Brendan Averett, and DeAnna Supplee in multiple roles.

Produced by NY Shakespeare Exchange (NYSX), a theatre company that re-imagines how Shakespeare can bridge cultural divides, start conversations, and impact our modern world, the ShakesBEER Pub Crawls treat audiences to an immersive dipso-literary experience that harks back to Elizabethan times. But it is the ability of the Bard's timeless poetry -- matched here by the socially prescient George Bernard Shaw -- that the script sheds searing light on our dark and sea-tossed present.

NYSX is responsible for the internationally recognized The Sonnet Project, in which diverse filmmakers have been commissioned to create short films based on Shakespeare's 154 sonnets. The series' first phase has produced a remarkable library of short films from a variety of perspectives, all shot in New York. The project's second phase, now in process, aims to produce a new round of films shot in cities around the world, in many languages. Visit www.SonnetProject.org

The company's just announced Diversity Cohort, in which 7 playwrights of strikingly different backgrounds are being commissioned to develop original works in heightened Shakespearean language, will culminate in May with a mini festival complete with performances, panels, and roundtable discussions (dates to be announced).

Women rule -- or at least try to! -- in the brand new "ShakesBEER... with an Irish Twist," unfolding at four bars on Saturdays Jan 27 and Feb, starting at 3pm at The Dubliner, 45 Stone Street! (Check-in is at 2:30pm. There is a limited amount of press tickets available) For ShakesBEER tickets, which are $49 (includes four drinks, beer/wine/select cocktails), visit www.nysx.org

Photo Credit: Martin Harris


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