Key Events

Timeline for Selected Events

Lit Fest 2016:  A Celebration of Shakespeare at UW-Madison, Memorial Union Locations
Wednesday April 20, 2016 4:00P.M. – 10:00 P.M.

Usher in the official opening of Shakespeare in Wisconsin with Friends of the UW-Libraries, WUD Publications, and the Distinguished Lecture Series at Lit Fest 2016! Join us on April 20th at Memorial Union to celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare! Events begin at 4:00P.M. All events are FREE and open to U.W. Madison students and the community. Activities run 4:00-7:00, feel free to drop in any time throughout the night!

  • 4:00-5:00 Lit Fest 2016 begins with a performance from Madison’s own Young Shakespeare Players. This event will be on the 2nd floor  in the Frederic March Play Circle. Doors open at 3:30 P.M.
  • 5:00-7:00 American Players Theatre will host several open drop-in events in the Festival Room. Record a short video as part of the international We Are Shakespeare Digital Video Festival and tell the world what Shakespeare means to you. Check out “Behind the Scenes at APT” and learn more about how an APT play comes together – from designing and building costumes and props to casting to rehearsals to performance with APT’s interactive display.
  • Wheelhouse Studios will provide materials for making Shakespeare Quote panels.
  • 5:30-6:30 “Why Shakespeare?” in the Play Circle: with American Players Theatre‘s Artistic Director Brenda DeVita and Associate Artistic Director Carey Cannon for a wide-ranging conversation about American Players Theatre. How does a Shakespeare theater in the middle of the Wisconsin woods not only survive but thrive for 37 years? Why is classical theater, especially Shakespeare, still relevant today? What’s APT’s secret to making Shakespeare accessible to a wide audience? What’s coming up in the 2016 season? 
  • 7:30-8:30 Distinguished Lecture Series: An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith. Shannon Hall. Hosted/sponsored by: the Distinguished Lecture Series, the Friends of the UW-Libraries and the WUD Publications Committee.
  • Lit After Dark  beginning at 9:00 – a spoken-word open mic event which will include a performance by Fade In – a student screenwriting group. There will also be a sonnet contest. This event is sponsored by Illumination Journal, UW Flash Fiction, WUD Publications, Madison Undergraduate Society for English (MUSE), The Madison Review and WUD Music.

Shakespeare and Digital Bibliomigrancy
May 6, Pyle Center, UW-Madison
As part of the UW–Madison Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Bibliomigrancy speakers Dr. Tom Cheesman of Swansea University, Professor Peter Donaldson of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor Evan Mwangi of Northwestern University and Professor Firat Oruc of Georgetown University will provide international perspectives on translation and digital Shakespeare projects.

Madison Early Music Festival 2016: Shakespeare 400 – An Elizabethan Celebration
July 9-16, 2016
The 2016 Madison Early Music Festival commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and celebrates the glorious 45-year reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Elizabethans sang madrigals and played in consorts at court and in their homes, worshiped with the masses of William Byrd and Thomas Tallis in Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Shakespeare enhanced his plays with song and wove musical allusions into all of his works. Various locations.

Shakespeare’s Wisconsin Legacy
2016, statewide – dates, locations to be announced
UW-Madison faculty, and noted Wisconsin Shakespearean actors and experts, will present 3 free talks. Sponsored by the Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries.

A Very Special Shakespeare Presentation, Wisconsin Union Theater, Shannon Hall
October 21, 2016
American Players Theatre founders Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso will present the premiere of their original performance “The Pleasure of His Company: Our Love Affair With William Shakespeare” – an evening of personal recollections, dramatic scenes and stories of Shakespeare’s influence on Kim and Occhiogrosso’s lives and careers for more than four decades.Presented by the Arts Institute, UW-Madison.

Shakespeare’s First Folio Exhibit Opening, Chazen Museum of Art
November 3, 2016 
Professor Josh Calhoun of UW-Madison will open the exhibit with his own unique take on the history of Shakespeare’s First Folio and the Folger’s work in documenting Shakespeare’s legacy. Including special post-reception in the Chazen. Presented by the Friends of the UW-Libraries.

Folger Shakespeare Library’s national touring exhibit “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare”
November 3 – December 11, 2016
Hosted by the Chazen Museum
FREE. This unprecedented national initiative was created by the Folger Shakespeare Library to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016. The national traveling First Folio exhibition will tour all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico during 2016, giving people everywhere an opportunity to see a 1623 First Folio of Shakespeare. Exhibit venues include 23 museums, 20 universities, five public libraries, three historical societies, and a theater. Wisconsin’s host is the Chazen Museum of Art on the UW-Madison campus.