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Shakespear​e in Detroit Reimagines The Bard’s Antony & Cleopatra at Recycle Here March 15, 2014 #Detroit @detroitsamwhite

For Immediate Release                              February 27, 2014                                                
Shakespeare in Detroit Reimagines The Bard’s Antony and Cleopatra
Pop-up theater company presents its sophomore production in New Center’s Recycle Here
DETROIT — After a successful debut presentation at Grand Circus Park last summer, Shakespeare in Detroit (SiD) will present its second production, Antony and Cleopatra, at Recycle Here in New Center.
The uniqueness of the facility inspired the concept for SiD’s site-specific Antony and Cleopatra.
Recycle Here provides drop-off recycling services in the city of Detroit. It is also an artist’s village with murals painted on the walls throughout the facility and an art park just around the corner.
“I saw a performance at the recycling center and I was really inspired by the aesthetic and Matt Naimi – a great advocate for art here in the city,” says SiD’s Artistic Director and Founder, Sam White. “It’s an epic-sized space with a really interesting visual quality that’s perfect for reimagining Rome and Egypt.”
SiD’s venue for their upcoming production also inspired unique costumes with many of them, along with several set pieces and props, made from recycled materials.
The costumes were created by local costume designer Cal Schwartz.
Antony and Cleopatra is sponsored by The Whitney and Midtown Detroit, Inc. who are providing heating components for the industrial space and Sit On It Detroit who are donating a portion of the seating for the theater’s patrons.
“Our sophomore production is truly a grassroots project with elements of the show provided by local organizations, our unique venue and many of our friends, family and community members helping make this show possible,” says White.
Antony and Cleopatra is directed by Detroit-resident Kyle Grant.
Showtimes for Antony and Cleopatra are Saturday, March 15 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 16 at 3 p.m.; Friday, March 21 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at 1331 Holden St. in Detroit. Attendees are asked to pay a strongly suggested minimum donation of $10 for entry. Find us on Facebook and signup for updates at
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Note: Parking is located on both Lincoln and Holden. There will be heating for the show, however, audience members are advised to dress warmly and comfortably to accommodate the warehouse environment.
Shakespeare in Detroit made its debut at Grand Circus Park in August 2013 during a one-night-only performance of Othello. The history-making performance included a cast of all local actors with attendance reaching approximately 500 Detroiters. The company was founded by Detroit native Samantha White.

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Image 1: Jennifer Cole as Cleopatra (Dress: made from recycled cardstock paper and repurposed fabric; headpiece made from a toy dinosaur, an old football and Christmas decorations)
Image 2: Jonathan Davidson (Antony) and Jennifer Cole (Cleopatra) perform during preview performance at Marygrove College, February 2014

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New Meetup Group: Genesee County Literature Lovers #mwn #michlit

New Meetup Group!
This is a group for people who love literature in all forms whether it be a novel, poetry, play or lyrics. Reading is what I love most in this world and being able to share that love with other people makes reading even more enjoyable. I am looking forward to sharing in the joy of the written word with all of you!
Organized by Julie Hannah Bissett

Hello! My name is Julie and I love to read. I love reading so much that as a young child my mother used to ground me by taking away my reading privileges, little did she know that I had books hidden all over the house. 🙂
What is your favorite form of literature?
I love every form of literature. The written word speaks to me, there are novels that make laugh or cry, there are songs which I can’t help but sing along to, there are plays which make me question my very existence and there are movies (screen plays) which fill my with unending questions. Whatever form literature comes in the connection and love is always there.
What book would you suggest we read?
Although I have read more books than I can count, one which I would recommend for anyone to read would be Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Yes, it is a little bit older and a “romance” novel but it is so beautifully written and has such memorable characters that it can quickly become one of your favorites. Until about a year ago I had never even wanted to read a Jane Austen novel, now I am one of her biggest fans.
Who is your favorite author?
Can anyone ever have just one favorite author??? Just to list a few; Novels: J. K. Rowling, Chinda Williams Chima, Suzanne Brockmann, Jennifer Cruise, Betty Neels, Jane Austen, Mitch Albom, James Patterson, Rick Riordan; Poetry: Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, W. H. Auden, e.e. cummings; Plays: William Shakespeare, Tony Kushner, Steve Martin; Songs: Blue October, Ke$ ha, P!nk, Adele, Christina Perry, Nickelback, Shinedown, Seether, 3 Doors Down, Michael Buble. To me there are different writings for different times in our live and that is what these authors represent to me, different times, thoughts, emotions, feelings, needs, wants, but most of all life.
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