Brush Up Your Shakespeare! City Introduces Shakespeare in a White Plains Park:TWELFTH NIGHT PLAYS Under the Stars July 15-16 in Turnure Park

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WPCNR STAGE DOOR. From the City of White Plains (Edited). June 26, 2014 UPDATED June 27, 2014:

The City of White Plains is bringing Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT to Turnure Park July 15th and 16th.

The Curtain Call production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night will be held on Tuesday, July 15th and Wednesday, July 16th (rain date July 17th). Show time is at 7:00 p.m. on both nights. This production is free and open to the public.

The  White Plains Performing Arts Center box office, the local city sponsored non-profit theatre was unaware the Mayor’s Office was bringing in this production when contacted by WPCNR Thursday morning. WPCNR’s phone call was the first time they had heard of it.

Curtain Call is a non-profit production based in Stamford, producing plays on a year round basis, a staple of which is the company’s Shakespeare in the Park productions. Curtain Call also provides theatre classes and performance opportunities in the City of Stamford, very similar to the programs of the White Plains Performing Arts Center.

Last year, Mayor Roach received a letter from long time White Plains resident, Karen Hanley, suggesting that the City consider bringing Shakespeare in the Park to White Plains. A summertime tradition that is enjoyed all over the world should be enjoyed here in White Plains as well.

Ms. Hanley has appeared in one Curtain Call Shakespeare In the Park production as a member of the ensemble in Othello last summer, and most recently in the Curtain Call production of When We Are Married in January of this year.

After meeting with Lou Ursone of Curtain Call Productions, the City identified Turnure Park off Lake Street as offering the right setting for such a production. Residents will be familiar with Turnure as the location of the City’s Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. The performance will take place on the Great Lawn of Turnure Park.

Picnicking is encouraged! So gather your friends and family, bring your blankets and lawn chairs, and settle in for what is sure to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

“We are so pleased to be able to offer this new, family-friendly event to our residents in conjunction with ArtsWestchester,” said Mayor Roach. “We hope this performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night will herald the start of a wonderful White Plains summertime tradition!”

WPCNR placed a call to the White Plains Performing Arts Center, the city-supported theatre, and the box office persons we spoke to said they were unaware of this production. It was the first time they had heard of it.

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