New York Shakespeare Exchange's Sonnet Project Partners with Shakespeare's Globe's for Digital Initiative
New York Shakespeare Exchange is thrilled to announce that their on-going, ambitious Sonnet Projecthas been selected as the only North American organization to partner with Shakespeare's Globe in London (the company that brought Mark Rylance's Twelfth Night and Richard 3 to Broadway) on an upcoming digital project. The project, to be announced by Shakespeare's Globe in the coming weeks, will further New York Shakespeare Exchange's mission of providing access to Shakespeare for people around the world.
Ross Williams, Artistic Director of New York Shakespeare Exchange, said, "We have already reached over 47,000 views of our films, and theSonnet Project mobile app has been downloaded in more than 65 countries. We are already reaching an incredible global audience. This partnership, with one of the most respected Shakespeare companies in the world, will expand our potential exponentially."
The Sonnet Project is an ambitious undertaking. After raising $47,000 on Kickstarter in 2012, the company embarked on an extraordinary mission to film all 154 of Shakespeare's love poems with 154 actors in 154 unique locations around the five boroughs. This simple premise created a tapestry of cinematic art that infuses the verbal poetry of Shakespeare with the visual poetry of New York City.
To date, 77 films are available for download online at www.SonnetProjectNYC.com and via the free Sonnet Project mobile app. Recent films include Sonnet 46 performed by 12-year-old Sydney Lucas (Obie for the Public Theater's Broadway-bound Fun Home) and Lynn Cohen (Sex & The City, The Hunger Games) and her husband Ron Cohen in a ravishing interpretation of Sonnet 22.
New York Shakespeare Exchange offers innovative theatrical programming that explores what happens when contemporary culture is infused with Shakespearean poetry and themes in unexpected ways. Providing fresh points of entry to the work so that modern audiences will be exposed to the intrinsic power of Shakespeare, their goal is to encourage an enthusiastic appreciation of classical theater and to expand the reach of the art form within new and existing audiences. New York Shakespeare Exchange projects include The Sonnet Project; ShakesBEER, NYC's original Shakespearean pub crawl; as well as contemporary interpretations of Shakespeare's plays.