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NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS 

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PRESENTS 




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SHAKESPEARE 

IN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES 



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Welcome to the world of William Shakespeare. 

The National Endowment of the Arts is proud to present 
Shakespeare in American Communities, the largest tour of 
Shakespeare in our nation's history. 

Over 15 months, six distinguished theater companies will 
bring new productions of Shakespeare to more than 100 
small and mid-sized cities in all 50 states. The program will 
also reach thousands of schools through exciting educational 
materials, classroom workshops, and in-school performances. 

The National Endowment for the Arts has created this 
program in cooperation with Arts Midwest to help revive 
the American tradition of theatrical touring and to bring 
the finest art to the broadest possible public. 

I would like to thank the honorary co-chairs of Shakespeare 
in American Communities, Mrs. Laura Bush and Jack Valenti, 
Motion Picture Association of America President and CEO. 
Their enthusiastic support has gready enriched the program. 

This special commemorative program provides a timeline 
on the life and times of William Shakespeare. We hope this 
information will enhance your enjoyment of the performance. 



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Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts 



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NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS 



PRESENTS 




SHAKESPEARE 

IN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES 



Queen Elizabeth I 
of England begins 
her reign. 




J[ife and Times o/WIL 

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• William Shakespeare 
: born to John and Mary 
'• Shakespeare in 
; Stratford-upon-Avon. 



The first 
permanent 
theater in 
England, 
the Theatre, 
is built. 



Shakespeare 
marries Anne 
Hathaway. 



Arthur Golding 

translates Ovid's 

Metamporphosis. 

The text later 

influenced 

Shakespeare's 

work. 



Richard 
Burbage, who 
portrayed 
many of 
Shakespeare's 
characters, 



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Shakespeare's 
twins Judith and 
Hamnet born. 



Shakespeare's 
daughter 
Susanna born. 




Shakespeare 
goes to 
London to 
pursue life as 
an actor and 
playwright. 



Marlowe's play 
Dr. Faustus first 
produced. 



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John Barrymore 
in Hamlet 



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Shakespeare 
begins writing 
the Sonnets. 



First 

performances of 

the Henry VI 

series, 

Richard III, and 

A Comedy of 

Errors. 



Hamnet 

Shakespeare dies 
at age 11. 

The Theatre 
permanently 
closes due 
to the 
expiration 
of its lease. 




Shakespeare 

becomes 

founding 

member of 

the Lord 

Chamberlain's 

Men. 



Shakespeare's 
father dies. 



Lord 

Chamberlain's 
Men lease land 
and build the 
Globe Theatre 
from the remains 
of the Theatre. The 
Globe opens. 




Shakespeare 
retires from the 
theatre, moves 
permanendy 
to Stratford. 



Puckjrom 

A Midsummer 

Night's Dream 



First 

performances of 
A Midsummer 
Night's Dream, 

Romeo and Juliet, 
and Richard II. 



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Shakespeare 
is listed as a 
principal actor 
in the program 
for Ben Jonson's Every 
Man in His Humour, 
confirming his 
reputation as 
an actor. 



First 
performances of 
Twelfth Night 
and Hamlet. 
First 
performances of 
Julius Caesar, 
Henry IV Part I 
and II, Henry V, 
Much Ado About 
Nothing, and The 
Merchant of 
Venice. 



Queen Elizabeth 
dies. James VI of 
Scodand ascends 
to the throne, 
becoming King 
James I of England 
and Scodand. 



Shakespeare's 
Sonnets 
published 
without his 
permission. 



SHAKE5PEAKES 

SONNETS 




Lucy 

Newmcm-Wffiams 
in Macbeth 



First 

performances of 

Othello, King 

Lear, Macbeth, 

and Antony and 

Cleopatra. 



First 
performances of 

The Tempest 
and Henry VIII. 



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On April 23, 
Shakespeare dies at 
age 52, and is buried 
at Holy Trinity 
Church, Stratford, 
two days later. 




Shakespeare's 

wife, Anne 

Hathaway, 

dies. 

First Folio of 

Shakespeare's 

work is 

published. 



Ben Jonson's 
Workes 

published. He 
is first living 
playwright to 
publish his 
complete works. 





Benjamin West's 

King Lear and Cordelia 



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A MESSAGE FROM OUR PARTNER 
THE SALLIE MAE FUND 



As a charitable organization committed to creating 
educational opportunities for underserved students, 
The Sallie Mae Fund is proud to support the National 
Endowment for the Arts' Shakespeare in American 
Communities tour. 

The Fund applauds this impressive endeavor to share the 
works of one of the world's most celebrated artists with 
communities throughout the United States. We are 
particularly pleased that our contribution to the Shakespeare 
in American Communities tour will support The Sallie Mae 
Fund's Free Seats for Students initiative. In each community, 
50 seats will be made available for free to underserved high 
school students and their parents or chaperones. 

The Sallie Mae Fund strongly believes that every student 
deserves the opportunity to reach their potential and 
fulfill their educational dreams. Today's students will be 
tomorrow's teachers, police officers, astronauts, doctors, 
and, of course, playwrights. That's why the Fund is working 
hard to make access to a post-secondary education a reality 
for America's children. 

The Sallie Mae Fund extends its best wishes to the National 
Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest for a successful 
tour. We hope you enjoy the performance. 



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www.shakespeareinamericancommunities.org 



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