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BRAVE NEW SHAKESPEARE CHALLENGE - AS YOU LIKE IT

Brave New Shakespeare Challenge - AS YOU LIKE IT in ASL with Amelia Hensley
Brave New Shakespeare Challenge - THE WINTER'S TALE in ASL with Kailyn Aaron-Lozano and John McGinty
Brave New Shakespeare Challenge - ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA in ASL with Shira Grabesky and EJ Jones
Brave New Shakespeare Challenge - ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL in American Sign Language and English

Brave New Shakespeare 2.0

 

This fall, the Public Shakespeare Initiative is proud to have the extraordinary artists Danaya Esperanza and Alexandria Wailes as Guest Curators for all of our Brave New Shakespeare releases, In the coming weeks and months, they will also be engaging young people to create their own videos, which will be featured here.

For this week’s release, Guest Curator Alexandria has enlisted the talents of a group of Deaf and hearing actors in a breathtaking and innovative suite of videos, bringing Shakespeare’s words and images to new and vivid life.

We hope you'll be inspired to create your own in whatever way you want -- post it on social media and add #bravenewshakespeare so we can find you!

Enjoy!

Artistic Statement from Guest Curator Alexandria Wailes.



A NOTE ON THIS WEEK’S ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL MONTAGE

Each speaking actor has been assigned to follow the ASL of a specific signing actor. To amplify the complexities of life and the passage’s beautifully interwoven language, I wanted to explore the textures – visually and aurally – affording a communal sense of the text.

FIRST LORD 
The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together. Our virtues would be proud if our faults whipped them not, and our crimes would despair if they were not cherished by our virtues

Alexandria Wailes received a 2020 Obie Citation for Sustained Excellence as an Artist and Advocate. She received a Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play For Colored Girls.. at The Public. Broadway: Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, Big River (Tony Honoree for Ensemble). Off Broadway: Playwright Horizon’s I Was Most Alive with You, A Kind Of Alaska, Film: ‘The Hyperglot’; TV: ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’, ‘High Maintenance’, ‘Little America’, ‘Nurse Jackie’. As Director of Artistic Sign Language: the revival of Broadway’s Children Of a Lesser God and King Lear; TV/Film: This Close S. 1 & 2; Quantico S.3; A Quiet Place 1 & 2; Wonderstruck. Ms. Wailes advised ASL interpreted teams for Hands On and TDF on numerous Broadway shows. Works as an educator for The Jewish Museum, the Whitney & LES Tenement museum, conducting ASL tours. Proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and the SDC. www.alexandriawailes.com

AS YOU LIKE IT.

AS YOU LIKE IT
By William Shakespeare
Act 2, Scene 1

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THE WINTER'S TALE.

THE WINTER'S TALE
By William Shakespeare
Act 4, Scene 4

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ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
By William Shakespeare
Act 2, Scene 2

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ALL'S WELL THAT END WELL.

ALL'S WELL THAT END WELL
By Thomas Middleton and William Shakespeare
Act 4, Scene 3

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