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Wednesday, April 23rd - Shakespeare's 450th Birthday Celebration

WOW! There's a lot going on with PSIP this spring: we've got the upcoming Day of Giving in May, the Annual Fundraising Dinner in June, our first Summer Camp in July, not to mention our next BYOB on Monday, April 28th.

And there are two more REALLY COOL EVENTS coming up THIS WEEK!

Pittsburgh Celebrates Shakespeare's 450th Birthday Wednesday, April 23.

Mrs. Shakespeare and Area Shakespeareans join the global party honoring beloved the poet-playwright.

Pittsburgh Shakespeare fans join in the world-wide celebration of the Bard's 450th birthday when Mrs. Shakespeare (actress Yvonne Hudson) hosts two events on Wednesday, April 23.

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks tribute in Oakland

Mid-day, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, celebrating its 10th year of free outdoor productions, invites the public to stop by the Carnegie Music Hall, Forbes Avenue at 12:15 pm. Mrs. Shakespeare will lead songs, share some tributes to the playwright, and invite guests to help her place a floral tribute on Shakespeare's statue. Birthday treats from Mexican War Sweets will be shared with children of all ages.

Sonnet-a-thon at Poets Corner, Northside

Poets Corner presents Mrs. Shakespeare and Friends Sonnet-a-thon 450th Birthday Party, Wed., April 23 at 7:30, Victorian Chapel, Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech at Allegheny, Northside (15233), featuring actor alums from previous PSIP productions!

Mrs. Shakespeare (Yvonne Hudson) and friends share sonnets, songs and soliloquies in honor of the world's beloved playwright. Ms. Hudson is joined by actors including Patrick Conner, Elizabeth Farina, Parag S. Gohel, Michael McGovern, Kendra McLaughlin, Helen Meade, Danielle Powell, Mark Rehn, Henry St. George Tucker, Scott Timm, and other FOW (Friends of Will) to celebrate by sharing sonnets, soliloquies...and to eat cake!

Audience members can sign up to share a favorite sonnet at or receive a sonnet to read at the event.

The goal? To read all of the Bard's 154 sonnets before the lights go out!

Admission is pay-what-you-can to benefit Poets Corner. Donations of one-pound non-perishable food items will be accepted at this "reading for feeding," a tradition at Poets Corner, to benefit the Northside Food Pantry.

Call 412-512-0589 for both these events or email Visit Calvary United Methodist Church for details on both events.

About Yvonne Hudson

Yvonne Hudson, actor and playwright, developed the character of Anne Hathaway Shakespeare for her long-running solo show Mrs Shakespeare: Will's first & last love. A life-long Shakespearean, she has performed her show at The Tower of London, off-off-Broadway, in a restored prairie music hall, Three Rivers Arts Festival, and the English Classroom at Pitt's Cathedral of Learning, in addition to schools and other events. A board member of Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, she appeared as the Nurse in the 2013 production of Romeo and Juliet. Ms. Hudson, a native of Indiana, Pa., is a graduate of Pitt's masters of arts program in Theatre Arts and earned a B.A. at Point Park University. She is founder and artistic director of Poets Corner, the literary arts series based at Calvary United Methodist Church.

Anne Hathaway Shakespeare (1555/6-1623)

The daughter of farmer Richard Hathaway, Agnes or Anne grew up at Hewlands Farm at Shottery, a tiny village outside of Stratford-Upon-Avon with her siblings. Eventually all orphaned, they continued to be raised by Anne until she met William Shakespeare and moved to his parents' home in Stratford. The Shakespeares had three children--a daughter Susanna and twins Judith and Hamnet. Anne remained in Stratford during the her husband's career in London, eventually moving with her daughters to their own home New Place following the death of son Hamnet. Anne outlived her husband by seven years following William's final return from London when he stopped writing and producing plays. She was laid to rest next to her husband in Holy Trinity Church next to the Avon River in their town.

About William Shakespeare (c1564-1616)

The English playwright whose birth is celebrated on April 23 was born in 1562 in Stratford-Upon-Avon, a market town just over 100 miles from London. While details of his personal life are drawn from scarce records, it is known that at age 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who was eight years older. The Shakespeares' only son died of unknown causes at age 11. William had begun his theater career a few years prior, but he wrote many of his greatest plays following the loss of son Hamnet--including Hamlet, The Tempest, and King Lear. Today, scholars acknowledge that Shakespeare's contributions to theater, the English language, and even the eventual field of psychology are immeasurable. Writer of more than 37 plays, 154 sonnets, and other long verses and collaborative works, Shakespeare's influence is felt constantly as his plays continue to be performed around the world every year, depicting a wide range of the human condition--including love, loss, war, and the pageant of early English history.

AS YOU LIKE IT Audition Notice

We are looking for AEA and non-union actors to audition for Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks' September 2014 production of As You Like It, directed by Lisa Ann Goldsmith.

Auditions will be held Saturday, April 26th from 10-noon with callbacks on Saturday, May 10 at Frick Park, Blue Slide Playground, Beechwood Blvd and Nicholson Street, Squirrel Hill.

Actors should prepare a brief comedic Shakespearean monologue.

Email for an appointment.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 is

Day of Giving

PSIP has begun work on our tenth anniversary production of "As You Like It," and we are excited to share the First Folio edition of the text with our audiences this year.

We need your support to make this the best show yet in our ten year history, and we ask you to consider donating to PSIP during the Pittsburgh Gives Day of Giving event on May 6, 2014.

All donations from Day of Giving will go toward production costs, with a specific emphasis placed on supporting our actors.

This year's Day of Giving is slightly different from previous years. Day of Giving is on May 6, 2014, in conjunction with the Give Local America Initiative, a nationwide celebration of philanthropy. The event will run from 6:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m. (midnight). This is an 18-hour event this year, instead of 24 hours.

As with past Day of Giving campaigns, PSIP will receive a pro-rated match for any donation up to $1,000 per donor, so donating to PSIP during Day of Giving is a great way to increase the impact of your gift.

It's easy to give. Just go to on May 6, 2014 between 6 am and midnight, and donate to Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks.

Thanks for your support.

Bring Your Own Bard

BYOB Features "Shakespeare's Star Wars"

Juliet at BYOB at the Te Cafe Cross one of the greatest playwrights with one of the greatest movie-makers and you get Shakespeare’s Star Wars. On Monday, April 28, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks' “BYOB” (“Bring Your Own Bard”) reading series presents George Lucas’s Star Wars re-imagined (by Ian Doescher) as William Shakespeare might have written it. Professional actors and Star Wars junkies alike will ham it up with readings of the key scenes and soliloquies of this classic adventure to say a belated Happy Birthday to Mr. Shakespeare. Be sure to contact us if you’d like to claim your favorite Star Wars character to read. At 7:30 PM at the Te Cafe in Squirrel Hill. Lightsabers optional.

BYOB – “Bring Your Own Bard” is Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ informal, no pressure ‘scene night’ in which professional actors and non-actors alike take a crack at their favorite Shakespeare pieces. Participants are encouraged to bring along a piece ready to read, jump into a scene already prepared, or just listen and drink tea. Extra readings will be on hand in case last-minute inspiration strikes. All ages welcome. Beverages and light fare will be available for purchase.

Doors open at 7:15 PM, readings begin at 7:30 PM. Suggested $10 donation at the door to support free Shakespeare in the Steel City. Those interested in reading should contact or 412.521.6406, or visit us on Facebook at Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks.

2014 Bring Your Own Bard Dates

  • January 27 2014
  • Feburary 24 2014
  • March 31 2014
  • April 28 2014
  • May 26 2014
  • June 30 2014

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks celebrates 10 seasons of bringing FREE Shakespeare plays to the Steel City, and will offer As You Like It weekends in September 2014!

Hosts/hostesses wanted

Interested in hosting an event or cocktail-ish party for PSIP? We'd love it! Send an email to

Got kids interested in Shakespeare and stage combat? Sign them up for "Steel on Stage"- our summer camp this July.

Join us for our yummy 3rd annual "Midsummer Night's Revels" fundraiser dinner at Piccolo Forno in Lawrenceville on Monday, June 23rd. Gourmet food, wine, entertainment and much more to help us keep providing free Shakespeare! Send en email to to make a reservation.

10th Season Providing FREE Shakespeare to the Steel City!

All performances FREE to the public!

Artistic Director Jennifer Tober Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks is the city’s only outdoor Shakespeare company and has been offering free productions in city parks since 2005. In 2013, PSIP’s Romeo & Juliet, directed by Helen M. Meade, played to over 1,000 patrons over four September weekends. Celebrating our 10th season this year, PSIP serves up As You Like It, (reprising our inaugural 2005 production), featuring Artistic Director Jennifer Tober as Rosalind and playing free to the public in Pittsburgh city parks in September.

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Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks' productions of Midsummer Night's Dream in 2006, Twelfth Night in 2008, Much Ado About Nothing in 2010, Merry Wives of Windsor in 2011, The Tempest in 2012, and Romeo and Juliet in 2013 were supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a stage agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment of the Arts, a federal agency.

PSIP has also received support from the Fine Foundation and The Pittsburgh Foundation's Day of Giving program.