News: New York Shakespeare Exchange's ShakesBEER Pub Crawls on May 11 and 18

Photo credit: Martin Harris

New York Shakespeare Exchange (NYSX), creators of The Sonnet Project short film series in addition to its full productions of Shakespeare, will hold its next two ShakesBEER pub crawl events on May 11 and May 18, 2019 from 3-6 pm. The pub crawl begins at The Gaf (401 West 48th Street, NYC) at 2:30 pm and subsequently moves to 123 Burger, Shot, Beer (738 10th Ave, NYC), The Waylon (736 10th Ave, NYC), and Perdition (692 10th Ave, NYC). 

These immersive experiences include a short scene with time afterwards for imbibing at each stop on the crawl. As veterans of several ShakesBEERs, we can personally attest to them being a great time and a unique way to take in some Shakespearean drama. 

This iteration is themed around "The Games We Play!" and will explore some of the great challenges, contests, and competitions in Shakespeare's most troubled dramatic relationships, including scenes from Hamlet, 1 Henry IV, The Merchant of Venice, and Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Martavius Parrish, Shane Breaux, and Ross Williams, and featuring Alisha Espinosa, Brendan Averett, Tara Pacheco, Philip Gregory Burke, Katelin Wilcox, Alex Michell, Aurea Tomeski, and C Bain.

Check-in is at 2:30 pm at The Gaf. Tickets are $49 and are available at: Tickets include performance and four drinks (beer, wine, and select cocktails). $25 "sober" tickets, which include admission only, are also available (use discount code "SOBER" at checkout).

In addition to ShakesBEER, the next edition of NYSX's free Freestyle Lab series, which is part performance, part lecture, and part town hall conversation, will take place on May 21, 2019 at the 53rd Street branch of the NY Public Library. The event, titled "Armor as Strong: Trans Warriors through a Shakespearean Lens," will feature trans actors performing speeches and scenes from some of Shakespeare's narratives of military conflict and use the current ban on transgender military service as a springboard to explore how our idea of those who serve might broaden and change when we consider the experience of trans service members.

As NYSX might say, huzzah!


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