Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre to host outdoor, socially distanced performances in September

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.– The Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre (SIST) is bringing live entertainment back to the borough.

The company Tuesday announced its next production, all set in a socially distanced seating area. Free tickets for the SIST production “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” are now available — based on reservations — for Sept. 12, Sept. 13, Sept. 19 and Sept. 20. Performances will take place at Fort Tompkins within Fort Wadsworth at 3 p.m. for each show date.

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Community leader Lillian Lagazzo to be roasted by Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre; join the fun Nov. 12

“Heavy is the head that wears the crown,” Shakespeare once said, but this year’s enthroned honoree of Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company’s eagerly anticipated Roast will bear mostly diabolical laughter, so says, Cara Liander, SIST board chair.

On behalf of the SIST Cara invites the borough of Staten Island to join in for a raucous night of fine dining and laughter as they honor — or target — the inimitable Lillian L. Lagazzo — an evening that will serve as their second annual fundraising event.

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Staten Island nightlife: Shakespearean Theatre’s roast of Christopher Campbell

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — More than 100 socialites and creatives gathered Tuesday night in Grand Oaks Country Club, Huguenot, to roast Christopher Campbell of St. George.

The event benefited the Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre, of which Campbell serves on the executive board as vice president.

The fun-filled night of laughter, aptly and simply billed as “The Roast of Christopher Campbell,” included friendly ribbing by the nearest and dearest to the honoree, including Lillian Lagazzo, MaryPat Fossella, Scott LoBaido, Billy Beale, Brian Healy and Frank Duffy. Deputy Borough President Ed Burke was the master of ceremonies.

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Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre brings outdoor performances to Pouch Camp this month

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Using the woods of Pouch Camp as a backdrop, Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre is taking the arts outdoors this month.

Last week, the company opened its first of a three-weekend performance “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Antigone.” Both shows are set to have the same cast and crew.

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Staten Island Nightlife: Celebrating the Bard’s birthday at Blue in Livingston

Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Co. paid homage to The Bard’s 453rd birthday Monday night at Blue restaurant in Livingston.

More than 70 people gathered for the evening of drinks and chef/restaurateur Julian Gaxholli’s signature eats. In between courses, members recited Shakespeare sonnets.

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Wild West coming to Fort Tompkins with ‘Measure For Measure’ this weekend

Here is a description of the play: “Set in the untamed frontier of the 1870s southwest, Vienna is beset with brothels and loose morality, but the Duke (a.k.a. the Sheriff) is unwilling to use his authority to clean up the city and departs, dressed as a friar. He leaves his deputy, Angelo, in charge, and although reluctant at first, Angelo soon starts to make changes.”

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Staten Island Theatre Company Kicks Off ‘Measure For Measure’

The Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company is kicking off “it’s” rendition of “Measure For Measure” this weekend at Fort Tompkins. It follows a sheriff in a morally loose town – leaving his strict deputy in charge. Tackling topics like women’s rights – an actor with the production says the play serves up themes that still have relevance today.

“This kind of lends itself to an old western theme. Where there’s a kind of a combination of Elizabethan Shakespeare and a Mel Brooks Blazing Saddles. “Measure For Measure” is a comedy, it’s a little bit of difficult comedy, but it is a comedy,” said actor Daniel Duffy.

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Stage review: Who’s ‘Taming’ who on Staten Island through Sunday?

I must admit, my biggest question going into this production “The Taming of the Shrew” was: “How do you do a show where the main male character tries to subjugate the main female character to his will and get away with it?” This IS the “#MeToo” era, after all.

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A ‘Taming of the Shrew’ for the #MeToo era on Staten Island

In the age of #MeToo activism, a play about a man with power using psychological tactics to “tame” a woman’s disobedient behavior would definitely raise eyebrows — and likely ignite online outrage.

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Stage review: Who’s ‘Taming’ who on Staten Island through Sunday?

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — I must admit, my biggest question going into this production “The Taming of the Shrew” was: “How do you do a show where the main male character tries to subjugate the main female character to his will and get away with it?” This IS the “#MeToo” era, after all.

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