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Event Schedule

Details subject to change.

Preliminary Events


April 6 – 9, 7:30 p.m.

"Titus Andronicus," written by William Shakespeare, adapted and directed by Lee Smith and Katherine Hammond, performed by Warehouse of Theatre and ODURep. Tickets: $15 Students and General Admission at ODUArtsTix.com and (757) 683-5305. Goode Theatre.

How far would you go for revenge?

Join Warehouse of Theatre as they team with ODURep to bring this unsettling, visually stunning, blackly comic revenge tragedy to Hampton Roads. Shakespeare's earliest tragedy, "Titus Andronicus," has provoked shock, contempt and uneasy laughter since its premiere. It thumps loudly with the passionate heartbeat of the young Bard. Chaotic, violent, bloody and racially charged, "Titus Andronicus" excites and horrifies in this tale of ultimate power leading to ultimate revenge.

Not suitable for ages 12 and under.

April 9

7:00 p.m.

"Shakespeare on the Silver Screen." Lecture by Professor Andrew Quicke. Hackney Theatre of the Meredith Center for the Arts, 7336 Granby St., Norfolk. Reception follows the lecture. Free

Presented by Norfolk Collegiate, "Shakespeare on the Silver Screen" is the final lecture of the Betty M. & William B. Jones Humanities Speaker Series, "Politics, Stage and Silver Screen: 400 Years Since Shakespeare," a trio of presentations inspired by the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death.


April 11

7:30 p.m.

Norfolk Chamber Consort: Shakespeare Now, directed by Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn. Works and arrangements by Igor Stravinsky, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Erich Korngold as well as premieres of works by Andrey Kasparov and Mark Chambers. Preconcert discussion by Andrey Kasparov at 7:15 p.m.Tickets: $10 Student, $25 General Admission at the door. Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center for the Performing Arts.


Main Events


April 13

8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

University Dance Theatre Spring Concert, including faculty works inspired by William Shakespeare.

Tickets: $12 Students, $14 General Admission until April 1; $15 Students, $20 General Admission after April 1 at ODUArtsTix.com and (757) 683-5305. University Theatre.


April 14 – 16

Shakespeare and Our Times Conference

Webb University Center

What does William Shakespeare mean to us today, and what traces of his thinking can still be seen in our lives? In the context of a weeklong, multifaceted investigation of Shakespeare's continued presence in our cultural landscape, this three-day conference will probe contemporary manifestations of the Bard.

To mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death, we will seek his footprint as we question the legacy of the early colonial mindset in the twenty-first century. Why does this figure among all others endure so persistently? At stake are questions of global imperialism and how it intersects with race, ethnicity, gender and Shakespeare's extended influence in what were, for him, newly emerging colonial locales. How, then, is Shakespeare performed, translated and analyzed today?

Click here for conference registration and schedule.


April 14

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Pop-Up Mini-Performances including "Romeo and Juliet," "Combat Exhibition," excerpts of "As We Like It: Music Inspired by Shakespeare," and excerpts of "Titus Andronicus." The Starving Artists, ODU Theatre students, ODURep, ODU Opera, Warehouse of Theatre. Atrium, Balcony, Lecture Hall 244, and Portico, ODU Virginia Beach. Free.

Transportation will be provided at no cost to and from the event. The departure location from campus will be on 45th St. beside the Ted Constant Convocation Center, just off Hampton Blvd. Please be there at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Return trips to ODU will depart from the location at which you were dropped off. Your driver will inform you of the return trip departure times en route to your destination. If you need to contact the transportation dispatch, call (757) 683-4004. The departure time for this event is 11:30 a.m.

6:00 p.m.

Plenary Speaker Talk. Big Blue Room, Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Plenary Speaker, Alan H. Nelson, Emeritus Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley.

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

"Titus Andronicus," adapted and directed by Lee Smith and Katherine Hammond, performed by Warehouse of Theatre and ODURep. Tickets: $15 Students and General Admission at ODUArtsTix.com and (757) 683-5305. Goode Theatre.

8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

University Dance Theatre Spring Concert, including faculty works inspired by William Shakespeare. Tickets: $12 Students, $14 General Admission until April 1; $15 Students, $20 General Admission after April 1 at ODUArtsTix.com and (757) 683-5305. University Theatre.


April 15

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Pop-Up Mini-Performances including "Romeo and Juliet" and "Combat Exhibition." The Starving Artists, ODU Theatre students, ODURep. Kaufman Mall. Free.

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

ODU Madrigal Singers, directed by Dr. Bianca Hall. Brock Commons. Free.

4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

"Titus Andronicus," adapted and directed by Lee Smith and Katherine Hammond, performed by Warehouse of Theatre and ODURep. Tickets: $15 Students and General Admission at ODUArtsTix.com and (757) 683-5305. Goode Theatre.

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Opening reception for joint exhibition Shakespeare and the Americas: A Look Back to the World of The Tempest and The Art of Derek Webster: Selections from the Marilyn Houlburg Collection. Robert Edge Pine's painting, Miranda, depicts a scene from The Tempest and recalls the importance and influence of William Shakespeare's work in eighteenth-century England. Accompanying maps and textual sources in this exhibition give a sense of Shakespeare's world, in part by recounting the shipwreck of a British vessel off the coast of Bermuda-a likely source of inspiration for Shakespeare's The Tempest-reflecting a British experience of the Americas. Derek Webster extends that landscape to the present day. A joyous celebration of Caribbean masquerades, Webster's paintings and sculptures exemplify transplanted African artistic culture in the New World. These masquerades blend such tradition with Arawak forms and aesthetics, which have historically provided African and Native commentary on European culture.

Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries, Self-Taught Gallery. Free. On display through September 25, Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

"As We Like It: Music Inspired by Shakespeare," performed by ODU Opera, directed by Dr. Brian Nedvin. Tickets: $15 Students and General Admission at ODUArtsTix.com and (757) 683-5305. Goode Theatre.

8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

University Dance Theatre Spring Concert, including faculty works inspired by William Shakespeare. Tickets: $12 Students, $14 General Admission until April 1; $15 Students, $20 General Admission after April 1 at ODUArtsTix.com and (757) 683-5305. University Theatre.

10:30 p.m. - Midnight

"Macbeth," performed by Core Theatre Ensemble, directed by Edwin Castillo. Tickets: $15 Students and General Admission at ODUArtsTix.com and (757) 683-5305. Goode Theatre.


April 16

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Performance Workshop: The Text Directs, by the American Shakespeare Center of Staunton, Va. Free with limited space; reserve at hclehr@odu.edu. Goode Theatre.

Performance workshops are presented with the generous support of the ODU College of Arts and Letters and the ODU Virginia Beach Center.

11 a.m. - Noon

Performance Workshop: Breaking the Fourth Wall, by the American Shakespeare Center of Staunton, Va. Free with limited space; reserve at hclehr@odu.edu. Goode Theatre.

Performance workshops are presented with the generous support of the ODU College of Arts and Letters and the ODU Virginia Beach Center.

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

ODU Madrigal Singers, directed by Dr. Bianca Hall. Brock Commons. Free.

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

"The Two Gentlemen of Verona," performed by the Governor's School for the Arts Department of Theatre and Film and the Actors' Workshop of Virginia, directed by Ricardo Melendez. Brock Commons. Free.

2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

University Dance Theatre Spring Concert, including faculty works inspired by William Shakespeare. Tickets: $12 Students, $14 General Admission until April 1; $15 Students, $20 General Admission after April 1 at ODUArtsTix.com and (757) 683-5305. University Theatre.

4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

As We Like It: Music Inspired by Shakespeare, performed by ODU Opera, directed by Dr. Brian Nedvin. Tickets: $15 Students and General Admission at ODUArtsTix.com and (757) 683-5305. Goode Theatre.

6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

"Shakespeare's World and Virginia's Beginning," produced and directed by Imtiaz Habib and Richard Green, a new documentary film examining the surviving Elizabethan traces in Hampton Roads and its immediate environs. Through these surviving historical traces, the film charts the ways in which the arrival of Shakespeare's world in 1607 helped to produce the many-sided American life that we know today in Virginia and across the U.S. Batten Arts and Letters Building, Room 1012. Free.

7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

"Macbeth," performed by Core Theatre Ensemble, directed by Edwin Castillo. Tickets: $15 Students and General Admission at ODUArtsTix.com and (757) 683-5305. Goode Theatre.

8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

University Dance Theatre Spring Concert, including faculty works inspired by William Shakespeare. Tickets: $12 Students, $14 General Admission until April 1; $15 Students, $20 General Admission after April 1 at ODUArtsTix.com and (757) 683-5305. University Theatre.

10:30 p.m. - Midnight

"Henry V," performed by Hampton Roads Summer Theatre, directed by Justin McLawhorn. Tickets: $15 Students and General Admission at ODUArtsTix.com and (757) 683-5305. Goode Theatre.


April 17

10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Visit to Jamestowne 1607, Historic Jamestowne, Va.

The tour will include a visit with the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists to chat with them about their latest excavations next to the dig site. The tour will continue on to the Archaearium, a museum that houses some of the most spectacular finds of the two million artifacts uncovered since the Jamestown Rediscovery Project began in 1994. In the museum, visitors will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the most recent exhibit, "The World of Pocahontas Unearthed," a provocative interpretation of Virginia Indian material from James Fort. The museum tour will be followed by lunch or a quick snack at the historic Dale House Café by the water's edge. Gift shops in the Archaearium and the Visitor Center give you a chance to take your favorite part of the Jamestown story home with you.

Tickets: $10 Students and General Admission at ODUArtsTix.com and (757) 683-5305. Must be purchased in advance.

Transportation will be provided at no cost to and from the event. The departure location from campus will be on 45th St. beside the Ted Constant Convocation Center, just off Hampton Blvd. Please be there at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Return trips to ODU will depart from the location at which you were dropped off. Your driver will inform you of the return trip departure times en route to your destination. If you need to contact the transportation dispatch, call (757) 683-4004. The departure time for this event is 9:00 a.m. Limited seating.

10:30 - noon

"Shakespeare's World and Virginia's Beginning," produced and directed by Imtiaz Habib and Richard Green, a new documentary film examining the surviving Elizabethan traces in Hampton Roads and its immediate environs. Through these surviving historical traces, the film charts the ways in which the arrival of Shakespeare's world in 1607 helped to produce the many-sided American life that we know today in Virginia and across the U.S. Batten Arts and Letters Building, Room 1012. Free.

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

As We Like It: Music Inspired by Shakespeare, performed by ODU Opera, directed by Dr. Brian Nedvin. Tickets: $15 Students and General Admission at ODUArtsTix.com and (757) 683-5305. Goode Theatre.

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Shakespeare's "The Tempest": Incidental music by Sibelius, conducted by JoAnn Falletta. Virginia Stage Company, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Chorus. Tickets $55, $45, $35 and $20 at Ticketmaster.com and (757) 282-2822. Chrysler Hall, 440 Bank St., Norfolk.

Transportation will be provided at no cost to and from the event. The departure location from campus will be on 45th St. beside the Ted Constant Convocation Center, just off Hampton Blvd. Please be there at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Return trips to ODU will depart from the location at which you were dropped off. Your driver will inform you of the return trip departure times en route to your destination. If you need to contact the transportation dispatch, call (757) 683-4004. The departure time for this event is 1:15 p.m.

4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

"Henry V," performed by Hampton Roads Summer Theatre, directed by Justin McLawhorn. Tickets: $15 Students and General Admission at ODUArtsTix.com and (757) 683-5305. Goode Theatre.

4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

"The Two Gentlemen of Verona," performed by the Governor's School for the Arts Department of Theatre and Film and the Actor's Workshop of Virginia, directed by Ricardo Melendez. Brock Commons. Free.

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

"Titus Andronicus," adapted and directed by Lee Smith and Katherine Hammond, performed by Warehouse of Theatre and ODURep. Tickets: $15 Students and General Admission at ODUArtsTix.com and (757) 683-5305. Goode Theatre.


April 18

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Shakespeare and "Othering": An Interdisciplinary Discussion of Shakespeare's Works and World, Norfolk State University, G.W.C. Brown Memorial Hall Little Theater. Free.

10 a.m. - 11 a.m. "The Idea of Race in Elizabethan/Jacobean England and its Colonies," a panel chaired by Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander

11 a.m. - noon: "Black Bard: Shakespeare and Race," faculty and student oral presentations in literary criticism

Noon - 1 p.m. "Bard on the Boards," Shakespeare in the visual and performing arts

Transportation will be provided at no cost to and from the event. The departure location from campus will be on 45th St. beside the Ted Constant Convocation Center, just off Hampton Blvd. Please be there at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Return trips to ODU will depart from the location at which you were dropped off. Your driver will inform you of the return trip departure times en route to your destination. If you need to contact the transportation dispatch, call (757) 683-4004. The departure time for this event is 9:30 a.m.

Noon - 1 p.m.

ODU Sacbut Consort, directed by Mike Hall. Brock Commons. Free.

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

ODU Madrigal Singers, directed by Dr. Bianca Hall. Brock Commons. Free.

4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

"Shakespeare's World and Virginia's Beginning," produced and directed by Imtiaz Habib and Richard Green, a new documentary film examining the surviving Elizabethan traces in Hampton Roads and its immediate environs. Through these surviving historical traces, the film charts the ways in which the arrival of Shakespeare's world in 1607 helped to produce the many-sided American life that we know today in Virginia and across the U.S. Batten Arts and Letters Building, Room 1012. Free.

7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

"Still Dreaming," a documentary film about a group of elderly entertainment retirees as they mount a production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Discussion with the filmmakers, Hank Rogerson and Jilann Spitzmiller, and refreshments follow the screening. Lecture Hall 244, ODU Virginia Beach. Free.

Transportation will be provided at no cost to and from the event. The departure location from campus will be on 45th St. beside the Ted Constant Convocation Center, just off Hampton Blvd. Please be there at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Return trips to ODU will depart from the location at which you were dropped off. Your driver will inform you of the return trip departure times en route to your destination. If you need to contact the transportation dispatch, call (757) 683-4004. The departure time for this event is 6:00 p.m.

"Still Dreaming" is presented with the generous support of the ODU College of Arts and Letters, the ODU Virginia Beach Center, and the ODU Master's Program in Lifespan and Digital Communication.


April 19

4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Reimagining Shakespeare, contemporary poets reading favorite poems or passages from Shakespeare, then reading from their own work, which reimagines and responds to Shakespeare. With Tom Yuill, Tim Seibles, Luisa Igloria, Shonda Buchanan and others. Chrysler Museum of Art, One Memorial Place, Norfolk. Free.

Transportation will be provided at no cost to and from the event. The departure location from campus will be on 45th St. beside the Ted Constant Convocation Center, just off Hampton Blvd. Please be there at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Return trips to ODU will depart from the location at which you were dropped off. Your driver will inform you of the return trip departure times en route to your destination. If you need to contact the transportation dispatch, call (757) 683-4004. The departure time for this event is 3:30 p.m.

7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

"Still Dreaming," a documentary film about a group of elderly entertainment retirees as they mount a production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Discussion with the filmmakers, Hank Rogerson and Jilann Spitzmiller, follows the screening. University Theatre. Free.

"Still Dreaming" is presented with the generous support of the ODU College of Arts and Letters, the ODU Virginia Beach Center, and the ODU Master's Program in Lifespan and Digital Communication.

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Invencia Piano Duo, Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn, present a lecture-recital on two major musical works inspired by Shakespeare and created by the two most famous Soviet composers Sergey Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich. Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center for the Performing Arts. Free.


April 20

Noon - 1 p.m.

ODU Sacbut Consort, directed by Mike Hall. Brock Commons. Free.

7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

ODU Symphony Orchestra: Shakespeare in Concert, directed by Paul S. Kim. Two musical interpretations of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" by Edward MacDowell and Franz Liszt, and Felix Mendelssohn's "Overture and Incidental Music" from "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Tickets: $15 General Admission at ODUArtsTix.com and (757) 683-5305. George M. and Linda H. Kaufman Theatre, Chrysler Museum of Art, One Memorial Place, Norfolk.

Transportation will be provided at no cost to and from the event. The departure location from campus will be on 45th St. beside the Ted Constant Convocation Center, just off Hampton Blvd. Please be there at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Return trips to ODU will depart from the location at which you were dropped off. Your driver will inform you of the return trip departure times en route to your destination. If you need to contact the transportation dispatch, call (757) 683-4004. The departure time for this event is 6:45 p.m.