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A Letter from The Board of Directors…

Standing in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Global Network and all people of good will, The People’s Shakespeare Project denounces the murder of George Floyd. We deplore the violence perpetrated against Black people and Black communities in the United States and across the world. We recall and are inspired by Frederick Douglass who insisted that “no man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end of it fastened about his own neck.” Even as the long arc of the moral universe strains to bend toward justice, the long arm of slavery perpetuates individual and institutional racism through segregation, convict leasing, red lining, school-to-prison pipelines, mass incarceration, and extralegal violence. The chains and the choke holds that have crushed Black dreams and ended Black lives have also compromised the principles and practices of democracy. “Holding the mirror up to nature” and yoked together by pervasive and systemic racism, we stand, yet again, at a crossroads. Once more, we recognize the urgency of reparative intervention — action that brings both justice and peace for all. Convinced of the indivisibility of human rights, we are committed to the transforming power of theatre to instruct, to provoke, and to heal.

ShakesCheer

Virtual, abridged performances bringing laughter and light to the living room!


Recordings of both performances can be enjoyed on our new YouTube channel!

We were thrilled to work with many talented TPSP alums and two new technical wizzes who brought Verona to live-stream life for The Taming of the Shrew. Donations from Midsummer’s audience members were shared equally with the Lancaster Cares Covid-19 Response Fund. This fund was set up by the Lancaster County Community Foundation and the United Way to provide residents with food, housing, and rapid response dollars during the crisis.

After Taming, we contributed half of proceeds to the Crispus Attucks Community Center. Crispus Attucks Community Center strives to improve the quality of life for youth and families in Lancaster by providing services that promote community prosperity, physical and mental health, and by offering programs and cultural events which preserve the African American heritage.

In this challenging time, we are thankful for all our supporters and excited to keep making theatre for and with YOU.

Eager for more ShakesCheer? We’ll be back with more YouTube soliloquies and shenanigans before you know it!

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MUCH ADO Cancelled

Due to COVID-19, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING 2020 has been cancelled. We are so sad and so sorry. However we are looking forward to a beautiful and exciting June 2021 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Please stay safe and healthy. You are so important to us.

Image: The Second City

Extragive 2020

SAVE THE DATE!

The Extraordinary Give will be November 20th, 2020.

TPSP’s Board of Directors at the ExtaGive 2019

We’ll share updates as they become available. To learn more, please see extragive.org. Many thanks to all our generous donors for believing in our organization and supporting us as we bring Shakespeare to the wider audience.

Shakes-Peers

Our first annual high school festival, Shakes-Peers, was held February 10, 2020 at The Ware Center in downtown Lancaster!

That was such a successful, exciting day. 34 high school students from public, private, parochial, urban and suburban schools came together to compete, learn, perform and share their enthusiasm for the Bard. Should we do this again next year? Yes we should! And we will! Our team is hard at work, brainstorming for multiple scenarios. If we are able to gather in person safely this winter — hooray! Or we’ll find a great, virtual alternative to keep the momentum of this festival going.

Are you interested in participating? Or do you know a student who would shine in this setting? Please email info@tpsproject.org and we will keep you updated as plans for the next festival develop.

CAMP WILL 2020: Session #1 (for 6th-9th grade students) has been cancelled due to COVID19 and our commitment to keep everyone as safe as possible. We are so sad about this but encourage you to check back later this summer with possible August dates for an abbreviated Camp Will.

Camp Will #2 has been reconfigured! We will meet online most days – 1 1/2 hours in the morning and 1 1/2 hours in the afternoon PLUS one afternoon a week on non-virtual (in person!) activities. There will also be a virtual final performance. For more information please write: info@tpsproject.org

Stay Healthy! Stay Safe! Stay Sane!