We don’t really know William Shakespeare’s exact birth date. There is a baptismal register for him at the Holy Trinity parish church in Stratford, in East London, dated April 26, 1564, so it’s been commonly believed that his birth would have happened three days prior, on the 23rd. Whether he was born on April 23, or the day before or after, the point is that the end of this month will mark 450 years since one of the most amazing literary minds of all times was born. And we should celebrate it!
A Noise Within, the classical repertory theatre company located on the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue, at 3352 East Foothill Blvd., will celebrate the Bard’s birthday on Thursday, April 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a family event that will include a bouncy castle, sword fight demonstrations, an insult wall so you can write a Shakespearean-style insult, period costumes, birthday cake, and… well.. I hear he may even show up! This will be a free event and everyone is invited.
Since we’re in the subject of A Noise Within, we should tell you also about two free readings that they’ll be holding. The first is on April 9 starting at 7 p.m. with the reading of two Moliere One Acts – The Flying Doctor and The Imaginary Cuckold.
In The Flying Doctor, Valère is willing to go to any length to marry his sweetheart, Lucile. His only obstacle is her father, Gorgibus. Fortunately, Valère has a clever servant named Sganarelle who is willing to help. In The Imaginary Cuckold, Gorgibus wants his daughter, Celie, to marry a rich man instead of Lelie, whom she loves. Confusion reigns until Celie’s down-to-earth maid resolves everything by setting everyone straight.
Moliere’s writing is clever and funny, and these stories are sure to entertain you and to take you back to the happy times in your life when you would either hear or read stories out loud. If that thought makes you smile… this is for you!
On May 14, at 7 p.m. there will be a free reading of William Inge’s Dark at the Top of the Stairs. This is Inge’s 1957 play about family conflicts during the early 1920s in a small Oklahoma town.
Admission into the readings is free, but RSVP to 626-356-3100 x1 to reserve your seat.