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Upcoming Show! Sept. 19, 2019

We’ll be causing much ado at Sunnyside Plays with “Much Ado About Nothing!”


Date: Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019
Time: 10:00-10:45am
Venue: Sunnyside Plays
Address: 43-09 48th Ave., Queens, NY 11377
Description: Show + workshop

Cost: $20 per child

Register here!


Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing is Shakespeare’s ultimate “will they/won’t they” story.  Long time rivals Beatrice and Benedick might just fall in love–if they can ever stop insulting each other!


About the Venue:

Sunnyside Plays provides a safe, stimulating and caring environment for families with an indoor playground, café and event space. Situated at the intersection of Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City we act as a community hub and venue for parties, performances, meet-ups and events for all ages.

Shakespeare Quote of the Day!

Thou, nature, art my goddess.”

-King Lear, I.2

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Today’s quote comes from King Lear.

Nature as a goddess, what a beautiful image!

But, this is Shakespeare…nothing is ever as simple as it seems.

Edmund (the illegitimate son of Gloucester) is the one speaking this soliloquy.  He goes on to tell us that the reason he follows the laws of nature instead of the actual law is because he wants to steal his older (legitimate) brother’s inheritance.  Not cool, Edmund!

So rather than a sentimental musing about Nature, Edmund is using the laws of Nature to justify his evil plotting.  It’s almost Darwinian.  You know, before Darwin was a thing.

Shakespeare Quote of the Day!

“I am sick when I do look on thee.”

– A Midsummer Night’s Dream II.1


This classic jab from A Midsummer Night’s Dream brings us to the wonderful world of Shakespearean insults! (A quick Google search will take you down the most delightful rabbit-hole of them.)

This one is pretty straightforward.  Helena is aggressively pursuing Demetrius, but of course he doesn’t share her love.  In fact, no matter how much he tries to let her down gently, Helena will not be deterred!

Finally, Demetrius has no choice but to get mean, saying in no uncertain terms, “I am sick when I do look on thee.”

But is Helena discouraged?  Oh no.  Without missing a beat she responds with, “And I am sick when I look not on you.”

Ah, young love.  So powerful.  So deep.  So irrational…

Stay tuned for your next chance to see the ShakesBEARS version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Upcoming Show! Sept. 17, 2019

Join us for “Love’s Labors Lost” at ACD Playspace in Astoria!


Love’s Labors Lost

Ferdinand (king of Navarre) and his bestie Berowne have just sworn off women in order to devote all their time and energy to the pursuit of knowledge. No sooner have they signed the terms of their three-year academic agreement than a boat full of women arrives! Will they stick to their studies? Or fall in love?

After the show we will make our very own shadow puppets to take home!


Date: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019
Time: 10:00–10:45am
Venue: ACD Playspace
Address: 31-24 38th St., Astoria, NY 11103
Description: Show + workshop

Cost: $20

Register here!


About the venue:

ACD is a Family Owned business which opened in November 2017, after the owner, who has provided in-home child care in Astoria for over 10 years, noticed a lack of activities, classes, and play for parents and children to enjoy on a daily basis.  ACD is proud to support moms and dads who themselves are entrepreneurs in the children arts/activity fields. Our goal is to provide a safe and educational space for children to learn and grow through exploring, music, dance and, most of all, PLAY!

Sock Puppets at Sunnyside!

Join us for a “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” this Friday at Sunnyside Plays, followed by a very special Sock Puppet workshop afterwards!

Date: Friday, Aug. 16, 2019
Time: 10:00-10:45am
Venue: Sunnyside Plays
Address: 43-09 48th Ave., Queens, NY 11377
Description: Show + Sock puppets workshop

Cost: $20

Register here!


About the Venue:

Sunnyside Plays provides a safe, stimulating and caring environment for families with an indoor playground, café and event space. Situated at the intersection of Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City we act as a community hub and venue for parties, performances, meet-ups and events for all ages.

Shakespeare Quote of the Day!

“Doubt thou the stars are fire,

Doubt thou the sun doth move,

Doubt truth to be a liar,

But never doubt I love.”

– Hamlet, II.2
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I love this quote from Hamlet to Ophelia.  OMG, so sweet, right?

Well…it would be.  Except that these lines are actually spoken by OPHELIA’S DAD to HAMLET’S MOM!

That’s right.  Exemplifying every teenager’s worst nightmare, Ophelia and Hamlet’s parents are standing around talking about the teenage romance.  Even worse, Ophelia’s dad has found Hamlet’s love letters and is reading them OUT LOUD to Hamlet’s parents.  #mortifying!

So, the real reason why I love this quote is because it’s beautiful, but not so straightforward.  Like many of Shakespeare’s best quotes…

Want to learn more?  You can read the entire play for FREE with Folger Digital Texts.

Next Show! Friday, Aug. 16, 2019

Summer is still here! The perfect time to catch our next show, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

When four lovers in a tangled love square flee to the woods, the mischievous fairy, Puck, takes it upon himself to set them straight with a love potion.  Of course, he only succeeds in making things worse!  But does he feel bad about his mistake?  Nay!  He gleefully decides to watch the lovers’ shenanigans play out.

Afterwards the show we’ll be making sock puppets!

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Date: Friday, Aug. 16, 2019
Time: 10:00-10:45am
Venue: Sunnyside Plays
Address: 43-09 48th Ave., Queens, NY 11377
Description: Show + workshop

Cost: $20 per child

Register here!


About the Venue:

Sunnyside Plays provides a safe, stimulating and caring environment for families with an indoor playground, café and event space. Situated at the intersection of Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City we act as a community hub and venue for parties, performances, meet-ups and events for all ages.

Shakespeare Quote of the Day!

“That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet.”

-Romeo and Juliet, II.2

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Everyone knows this classic line from Romeo and Juliet.  So, what does it mean?

Juliet has just met the love of her life.  But as fate would have it, her new boo is the son of her family’s mortal enemy!

However, Juliet is a smart gal.  She recognizes that it’s only Romeo’s last name that stands in the way of their love.  Using the rose analogy, Juliet sees that the names and labels that we use every day don’t actually define us.

After all, a rose is still a rose—no matter what you call it.

Want to learn more?  You can read the entire play for FREE with Folger Digital Texts.

Next Show! Sunday, July 28, 2019

Join us at Sunnyside Plays this month for our newest show, Love’s Labors Lost!


Love’s Labors Lost

Ferdinand (king of Navarre) and his bestie Berowne have just sworn off women in order to devote all their time and energy to the pursuit of knowledge. No sooner have they signed the terms of their three-year academic agreement than a boat full of women arrives! Will they stick to their studies? Or fall in love?

After the show we will make our very own shadow puppets to take home!


Date: Sunday, July 28, 2019
Time: 11:00-11:45am
Venue: Sunnyside Plays
Address: 43-09 48th Ave., Queens, NY 11377
Description: Show + workshop

Cost: $20 per child

Register here: https://www.sunnysideplays.com/shop/shakespeare-with-puppets

 


About the Venue:

Sunnyside Plays provides a safe, stimulating and caring environment for families with an indoor playground, café and event space. Situated at the intersection of Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City we act as a community hub and venue for parties, performances, meet-ups and events for all ages.

Birthday Parties!

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The ShakesBEARS are a perfect choice for your next birthday party or special event!

Simply choose your show and craft. We’ll handle the rest!


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Packages start at $200 for Puppet Show + Craft.

Click here to book today!