Woodwalk Gallery’s Fall Open House is Saturday, October 26 from 11am–3pm. Stop in for fall treats, warm apple cider and fall specials in the gallery!
The second offering in the Door Shakespeare Reading Series will take place on Monday, October 14 at 7pm. It is Richard Nelson’s 2010 somewhat historically accurate, but highly fictionalized comedy, How Shakespeare Won the West, which premiered at the Huntington Theatre Company, in Boston, Massachusetts.
The play tells the story of a ragtag troupe of actors as they head West during the Gold Rush, seeking fortune and fame and performing Shakespeare for enthusiastic ’49ers. But, with stiff competition, romantic entanglements, and an Indian chief who sees himself in King Lear, their ambitious cross-country adventure is complicated by the teeming challenges and glories of the new American frontier.
How Shakespeare Won the West offers a kaleidoscope of characters, both fictional and non. Some of the historical figures the audience will meet include the well-known P. T. Barnum, Buffalo Bill, and Abraham Lincoln, and the not-so-well-known, McKean “Buck” Buchanan, a real-life actor who wowed audiences with his Macbeth by sauntering onstage wearing a flowing cape with Western riding boots, yellow gauntlets, and a slouch hat. Popular child actors Little Ellen and Kate Bateman presented major Shakespearean scenes clothed in crowns, ermine, and tiny, fitted armor to play Richard III and Richmond. They were nine and eleven years of age, respectively.
The barn has heat but please dress warmly for a cool fall evening. This is a free event, but donations are welcome. Woodwalk Gallery is located at 6746 County Hwy G, Egg Harbor.