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March 28, 2012

Library Marks William Shakespeare’s Birthday, April 18

Actors from the Shakespeare Theater Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University will present scenes and sonnets by William Shakespeare at the Library of Congress annual celebration of the Bard’s birthday.

The event will be at noon on Wednesday, April 18, in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The program is free and open to the public. No tickets are needed.

"We’re thrilled to welcome the Shakespeare Theatre Company back to the Library. I look forward to this event every year," said Robert Casper, head of the Poetry and Literature Center.

Gary Logan, director of the Academy for Classical Acting, will introduce the actors: Nello DeBlasio, Crashonda Edwards, Tommy Foster, Jeff Keogh, Stephanie LaVardera, Adeoye Mabogunje, Craig Maravich, Lisa Pantano, Conrad Schott, Alexander Sovronsky, Caitlin Williams and Abby Wood.

"Celebrating Shakespeare’s Birthday with the Library of Congress is one of the highlights of our year," said Logan.

Logan is the author of "The Eloquent Shakespeare: A Pronouncing Dictionary for the Complete Dramatic Works, with Notes to Untie the Modern Tongue" (University of Chicago Press, 2009). Since 1994, he has taught Shakespearean voice and text at Canada’s National Voice Intensive, and was a voice and dialect coach for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada during six of its seasons. He regularly coaches for several theatres in Washington, including the Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Folger Theatre, the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, and many more.

The Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress fosters and enhances the public’s appreciation of literature. The center administers the endowed poetry chair (the U.S. Poet Laureate), and coordinates an annual literary season of poetry, fiction and drama readings, performances, lectures and symposia, sponsored by the Library’s Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund and the Huntington Fund. For more information, visit

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PR 12-062
ISSN 0731-3527

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