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Nashville's Shakespearean Addiction

Posted: Jan. 28th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
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Nashville kicks off the winter with a Shakespeare celebration. The Shakespeare Festival has been going on for a stunning 25 years. This year will be the 25th annual celebration and they're planning for this to be a big one. Don’t miss your chance to be a part one of the country's best Shakespearean events.

"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool."

Those lines, uttered by Touchstone in Act V of As You Like It, rang particularly true on a summer night in 1988, as a ragtag crew of Bard-loving thespians scurried around the Centennial Park band shell stage. Though this newly formed troupe had rehearsed the Shakespeare comedy, they had never run it in real time. And somehow, the fact that it would get dark before play's end hadn't dawned — perhaps "dusked" would be more appropriate — on anyone. All the world may indeed be a stage, but this section of it had no lights.

"The sun went down," Denice Hicks says over a bowl of tom kha gai at PM, recalling the comedy of errors she witnessed from the audience some 25 years ago. "It got too dark to see the actors anymore, and they still had half of the play to do. So two actors went and got their pickup trucks and pulled them up and turned on headlights."


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