Remixing Shakespeare recap


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.

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.

Lineup finalized for Shakespeare-themed New Town Revue

The upcoming New Town Revue is organized around the theme of “Remixing Shakespeare,” and will be held in conjunction with the UGA conference “Appropriation in an Age of Global Shakespeare.” All our performers will be riffing on the Bard in their own unique way.

When: Saturday, November 14, 6:30-7:30 PM

Where: Historic Athens Fire Hall, at the corner of Prince Avenue and Hill Street

The lineup:
Cindy Watkins: poetry
Laura Leidner; prose
Music composed by Richard Hunsinger and performed by the UGA New Music Ensemble.

Can’t wait!

New Town Revue needs you (or thou)

What do Breaking Bad, Star Trek, Empire, and Rufus Wainwright have in common? They all remix, adapt, or riff on Shakespeare. New Town Revue is partnering with “Appropriation in an Age of Global Shakespeare,” an international conference about how writers, scholars, and artists make use of Shakespeare. We will host a performance on Saturday, November 14, at the historic Athens Fire Hall.

We need you—local musicians and creative writers—to share your own interpretations of Shakespeare. We welcome any interpretation, no matter how loosely you define it. Please let us know if you are interested by September 22. Email your ideas to .

New Town Revue, Friday, June 12th @ 6:30 p.m.


We’re thrilled to announce our next New Town Revue, which will be held Friday, June 12 @ 6:30 at Avid Bookshop. We’ve got a great lineup- Joni Tevis and Kristen Gleason will read and Athens all-star Don Chambers will provide the music.

Formerly a park ranger, factory worker, and seller of cemetery plots, Joni Tevis is the author of the acclaimed book of essays, The Wet Collection. Her nonfiction has been published in Oxford American, the Bellingham Review, Shenandoah, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and Orion. She teaches literature and creative writing at Furman University, and lives in Greenville, South Carolina.

Kristen Gleason (fiction) has lived in California, Montana, and northern Norway. Her fiction and poetry have appeared online and in print, most recently in Fence and the Gettysburg Review. She lives in Athens, Georgia with Lola and Neil.

Don Chambers is a musician from Athens, GA.  He was previously in the band Vaudeville. His music is “unique mix of banjo-driven rock, folk, punk, bluegrass, gospel, gut-bucket blues and field hollers”. He has released albums featuring his backing band, GOAT, as well as under his own name.

Fluke Town Revue April 10th @ Flicker Bar


Friday, April 10th at 6:30 p.m. we are stoked to announce a special Fluke Town Revue, which will be held in conjunction with the Fluke Mini-Comics and Zine Festival.  Location change to Flicker Theatre and Bar.  Robert Newsome and Patrick Dean are our readers. Emily Armond of Sea of Dogs is our musician.

Emily Armond is the brains and voice behind local folk band Sea of Dogs. She spends the rest of her time running, teaching the children, and sitting on the dogs and cats of Athens.

Robert Newsome is the editor of fanzine the Atomic Elbow and one of the co-organizers of Fluke.

Patrick Dean was born in Rome, Georgia, and relocated to Athens to attend the University of Georgia. His comics and illustrations appeared weekly in Athens’ Flagpole Magazine for a decade and have been published in Legal Action Comics, Typhon,The Comic Eye, Vice Magazine, and The Oxford American Magazine. He lives with his wife, two kids, a cat, and a dog that acts like a cat.

Thanks as always to Beth Thrasher for our flyer.  Big thanks to Eleanor Davis for co-booking, and for our illustration.