"Why Shakespeare?" With Janice L Blixt, Producing Artistic Director of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival

Monday July 6, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join Jan for a delightful evening as she answers that frequent question in a format combining history, literary criticism, and pop culture. She will also discuss the 21st Anniversary Season of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, featuring productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals.

Jan Blixt has been a professional director and classical actor in Chicago and Michigan for nearly 20 years, having played most of the great female roles from Lady Macbeth to Twelfth Night’s Olivia. Entering her fifth year as the MSF's Artistic Director, Blixt will direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Henry IV.

In 2014, she directed the acclaimed Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and the Wilde Award for Best Comedy, winning for The Importance of Being Earnest. In 2013 she directed Twelfth Night, and in 2012, she directed both Richard III & George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. She has also directed Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing and won the Wilde-Award for her Production of The Winter's Tale. She also adapted and directs the ongoing MSF touring productions of Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth.

As the Official Shakespeare Festival of the State of Michigan, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival is a professional Equity theatre company (LOA/LORT) dedicated to producing world-class classical plays. Now in preparation for their 21st year, the Festival performs in Jackson's lovely Baughman Theatre, and for the first time this year, they are expanding to Canton's beautiful Village Theatre of Cherry Hill. The Michigan Shakespeare Festival inspires and entertains a diverse audience while further developing an appreciation for professional performances of Shakespeare's works and other classical plays.