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October 20, 2006

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BENEFIT FOR HOUSTON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL AT UH HONORS ARTS PATRONS

HOUSTON, October 20, 2006 – Even the most serious Shakespeare fans will find something to chuckle about when “The Shakespeare Show” takes the stage Nov. 14 in the University of Houston’s Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre

This irreverent – and sometimes reverent – send-up of the Bard features sketches centered around classics such as “Hamlet” and other Shakespeare-related themes. The performance is a benefit for the Houston Shakespeare Festival (HSF) and will honor prominent arts patrons Ann Sakowitz and David Berg as well as the energy company Williams, a corporate partner of the arts. This is the first time that this follies-style performance will be staged at UH.

Sidney Berger, producing director of the Houston Shakespeare Festival and director of UH’s School of Theatre and Dance, described the event as “a frivolous and fun” selection of works by a writer whose plays still draw huge, enthusiastic crowds. For 32 years, the University of Houston and the City of Houston have teamed up to present the Houston Shakespeare Festival (HSF) in Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. This annual event has attracted more than 475,000 people in its recent history.

Citing today’s uncertain, tumultuous political climate, Berger noted that audiences are looking for guidance and a semblance of order as they try to make sense of their troubled world. “Shakespeare articulates those questions in ways that are extraordinarily moving and perceptive, but he doesn’t give you any answers,” Berger said.

After a light buffet, “The Shakespeare Show” will be performed by HSF’s company, which includes both Equity and non-Equity actors. Dessert and coffee will follow the performance.

WHAT: “The Shakespeare Show,” a Benefit for the Houston Shakespeare Festival, honoring Ann Sakowitz, David Berg and Williams Foundation
WHEN: Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre in the
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
University of Houston Main Campus
Entrance 16 off Cullen Boulevard
WHO: Houston Shakespeare Festival
COST: $125 per person. For tickets, contact Sandy Judice at 713-743-3003 or at sjudice@uh.edu.

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