Murray Shakespeare Festival 2014

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Festival 2014!

Alas, the 2014 Murray Shakespeare Festival has come to a close. From March 10-14, 2014, the American Shakespeare Center delivered masterful performances of Othello, Henry IV Part I, and The Merry Wives of Windsor at Murray's own Lovett Auditorium. Thank you to the ASC and to all else who helped make the festival a success, including those of you who turned out to participate and experience the wonders of Shakespeare performed on stage. Stay tuned for details about the 2015 festival, and for a glimpse of what's possible, please stick around and explore our page!

Full Schedule

Thursday – Saturday, March 6 – 8

  • “O” (2001); Cinema International (Curris Center Theater; 7:30 PM; Free Admission)

Monday, March 10

  • “Shakespeare Flash Mob”: Insult Battle! Curris Center, Rocking Chair Lounge; Noon-1 PM (with MSU’s Sock and Buskin Club) 
  • ASC Workshops: “Very Honest Knaveries-Shakespeare’s Disguises” (2-3 PM; Fine Arts 111-Johnson Theatre; free); “O Excellent Motion-Performance Clues” (3-4 PM; Lovett; free)

Performance: Henry IV, Part 1
7-9:15 PM
Lovett Auditorium

Tuesday, March 11

Performance: Othello
10 AM-12:15 PM
Lovett Auditorium
  • ASC Workshop: “Shakespeare’s Rhetoric” (3:30-4:30 PM; Lovett Auditorium; free)
  • Lecture, Ashley Ireland (Waterfield Library): "From the Stage to the Page: How Shakespeare's Works became Published" (3:30-4:30 PM; Waterfield Library Classroom 210; free)

Performance: Othello
7-9:15 PM
Lovett Auditorium

Wednesday, March 12

Performance: Othello
10 AM-12:15 PM
Lovett Auditorium
  • ASC Workshops: “Wooden O-Shakespeare’s Staging” (2-3 PM; Lovett; free) & “Shaping Fantasies-Playing Multiple Characters” (3-4 PM; FA 111-Johnson Theatre; free)
  • Lecture: Dr. Kathy Callahan (History Dept.): "The World of Young Prince Hal" (3:30-4:30 PM; FH 105; free)
  • ASC event at Playhouse in the Park (5-6 PM; Murray Central Park; donations accepted)

Thursday, March 13

  • Trip to Murray Elementary School and Murray Middle School w/ Barbara Cobb (8:30-9:30 AM and 10-11 AM)
  • Stage Fighting Workshop: ASC and Matthew Crider, Theater Dept. (3-4 PM; Lovett; free)
  • Gender and Diversity Studies Roundtable with Dr. Josh Adair (3:30-4:30 PM; FH 107; free)

Performance: The Merry Wives of Windsor
7-9:15 PM
Lovett Auditorium

Friday, March 14

Performance: Henry IV, Part 1
10 AM-12:15 PM
Lovett Auditorium

  • “Talk Back with the ASC Actors” (after the Henry IV, Part 1 performance in Lovett)
  • ASC workshop for recruitment visitation (workshop, time, and location TBD)

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Produced by local NPR member station WKMS, these gems pack the fun and wonder of Shakespeare's memorable characters into 60 seconds!

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Henry IV, Part 1 


Check out our Shakespeare in the Schools teacher resources page for fun lesson plans.



New! Festival 2013 highlight videos by Roundabout U: 
Shakespeare in the Park
Shakespeare in the Schools

Festival 2012 video: Shakespeare in the Schools.

Festival 2011 video: Festival highlights


Werewolves and a Singing Fool...
At the WKMS studios, Murray Shakespeare Festival organizers Dr. Barbara Cobb and Dr. Rusty Jones talk about some of the more interesting elements of Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night and John Webster's gripping tragedy The Duchess of Malfi.

The Bard or Not the Bard?
Murray Shakespeare Festival Chair Dr. Rusty Jones discusses fact versus Hollywood in this interview about the movie Anonymous with local NPR member station WKMS. See the New York Times story "Hollywood Dishonors the Bard."

Related Links and More

Join the Murray Shakespeare Festival Facebook group.

Check out the American Shakespeare Center on Facebook.

Visit the American Shakespeare Center website.


Dr. William "Rusty" Jones

270-809-2397 phone


Murray Shakespeare Festival 

Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 24!
Faculty Hall, Suite 7A

$7 MSU students, faculty, staff
(ID required)
$12 general public

Tickets can also be purchased at Lovett on performance days.

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