R. D. Scinto is thrilled to be welcoming back Leo Schaff and Shakespeare to the Shelton Corporate campus. Bob Scinto has been supporting and presenting Shakespeare for over 20 years in Fairfield County.
Nights with Shakespeare is returning April 2, 2024 with one of the greatest love stories in the canon and one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, Romeo & Juliet.
Romeo and Juliet is justly famed for the quality of its lyric poetry, but it is no less extraordinary for its sophisticated organizational devices, which enhance its vivid evocation of a world of love and death.
Shakespeare compressed the elapsed time of the story from more than nine months in his source to less than five days: Romeo and Juliet meet on a Sunday, marry the next day, and die in the predawn hours on the following Friday.
The progression of the days is clearly marked by a succession of dramatic daybreaks: before he appears, Romeo is described as wandering at dawn (1.1.116-121); the next sunrise finds him below Juliet's window in the famous 'balcony' scene (2.2), and the following morning he leaves by that window after the couple's surreptitious wedding night.
The Nurse finds Juliet's drugged body at sunrise on Thursday, and at the play's end, a gloomy daybreak accompanies the discovery of the tragedy by the Prince and the couple's parents. The playwright uses a virtuoso display of techniques to heighten the explosive speed of the plot development.
– The Hudson Shakespeare Company
It was a summery October Tuesday night and the auditorium was full of Shakespeare enthusiasts eager for the start of another classic play. Wonderful to see some newcomers to the class! Please everyone, spread the NWS word!
Leo Schaff is an actor, singer, songwriter, and poet, with a great passion for Shakespeare. Named “New Yorker of the Week” by Time-Warner Cable TV’s NY1 for his extraordinary contribution to the community through his Shakespeare classes, Leo is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and is a member of The Shakespeare Society of New York. Studied with Stella Adler, classically trained at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, performed at The Actors Studio and The Public Theater, toured the country in the plays of Shakespeare, and has appeared in film and TV (Law & Order).
As a songwriter, his work has been heard from Carnegie Hall to C.B.G.B.’s to the steps of the U.S. Capitol, where his co-written composition “Give Us Hope” – a children’s choir classic – was performed at President Obama’s First Inauguration. Guitar in hand, his one-man song/spoken-word creations, Found, and Won, played to sold-out audiences at New York’s Emerging Artists Theater Festival. He currently teaches Shakespeare at the 92d St. Y, and looks forward to sharing his sense of Shakespearean wonder and bottomless study with one and all.
June 20, 2017 Opening Night
Nights With Shakespeare is generously underwritten and presented FREE to the public by R.D. Scinto, Inc., one of the state’s largest real estate developers, at his corporate Auditorium located in the Shelton Corporate Park at 3 Corporate Drive, Shelton, Connecticut.
Tuesday evenings, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Seating is limited and is available on a ‘first-come’ basis.
Each participant receives one FREE copy of the play.
Nights with Shakespeare posters 2017-2023
Framed posters from the 2010-2015 series are on permanent display in Corporate One.
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