Remixing Shakespeare recap

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Our latest New Town Revue was a smashing success. Shakespeare enthusiasts packed the Fire Hall to hear local writers and musicians give their take on the author. Laura Leidner started things off with a selection from her new novel. The UGA New Music Ensemble wowed us with a trio of songs composed by Richard Hunsinger and based on ghost scenes from three Shakespeare plays. Cindy Watkins regaled us with her delightfully twisted take on the Bard. Sujata Iyengar read some found poetry based on her experiences teaching Shakespeare. Finally, two scholars in town for UGA’s Shakespeare conference showed their creative side. Thanks to Sujata Iyengar and the conference Appropriation in an Age of Global Shakespeare for partnering with New Town Revue and helping set up the evening. And thanks to Bart Lemahieu for recording. Here’s a link to a recording of the show.

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A little about Saturday’s performers

Hope you will join us for Remixing Shakespeare, a special New Town Revue, in the Historic Athens Firehall (next door to Avid) this Saturday at 6:30.

Here’s a little info about our performers:

Laura Leidner is a writer who lives in Atlanta, where she works in public health. She writes fantasy and sci-fi stories and sings in a folk band called Boo Reefa. She is on Twitter at @laurablorah.

Cindy Watkins is a graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in English and Animal Science. She lives in Athens with a badly behaved dog and a three legged cat. Some of her involuntary accomplishments include sheep riding, pickle electrocuting, and ghostwriting for eHow. Her favorite remixed Shakespearean work is the 2006 animated movie Romeo and Juliet: Sealed With A Kiss. It’s Romeo and Juliet, but with baby sea lions. It is probably the worst movie ever made and is available on Netflix streaming. She highly recommends it.

Richard Hunsinger is a composer of chamber music and a recent graduate of UGA’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music with degrees in music composition and guitar performance. He is originally from Northern Virginia in the Washington, DC area. He wrote three chamber pieces especially for this evening, all based on ghost scenes from Shakespeare plays.

The UGA New Music Ensemble will be performing Hunsinger’s work. It is a new group created within the Hugh Hodgson School of Music with the intent of regularly reading and performing works by local and other contemporary composers.