Rick Dildine, Peter Neidorff, Cynthia Prost
Richard Winter, Jill McGuire, Rick Dildine
Some big names will be headed to St. Louis later this year by way of the J. Scheidegger Center at Lindenwood University. The venue's 2014-2015 season opens with former Tonight Show host Jay Leno on Sept. 12.
Story: King Henry IV, formerly Henry (of) Bolingbroke of the House of Plantagenet, has become king of England following the deposition of his cousin, Richard II, circa 1399. All is not well, however, as Henry Percy, son of the Earl of Northumberland and a leader in Henry IV’s army, becomes increasingly disenchanted with the king’s treatment of his family. Hotspur, his father and his uncle, the Earl of Worcester, decide to rebel against the ruler.
Rick Dildine and Bruce Longworth
It’s a Shakespearean story of courage, faith and loyalty: A young man must leave his rebellious ways behind and learn how to be king. For the first time, two plays—Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V—will be staged for the free annual Shakespeare Festival in Forest Park. “We wanted to do two plays that were so epic in scope and epic in storytelling that it would make this an event for St. Louis and our audience,” says Shakespeare Festival St. Louis executive director Rick Dildine.
Recognition of stellar productions by nearly two dozen local theater companies will take center stage when the St. Louis Theater Circle presents its second annual awards ceremony honoring the best in local professional theater, on stage and behind the scenes, on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), 524 Trinity Avenue in University City.
John Lewington, Barbara Goodman, Rick Dildine, Jennifer Stoffel
Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author SHIRLEY MACLAINE will headline the NATIONAL CHILDREN’S CANCER SOCIETY Alvin K. Stolze International Humanitarian Award dinner in St. Louis. MacLaine will be performing her one-woman show at the Nov. 23 event at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. The dinner also will include an award presentation to MICHAEL NEIDORFF and Centene Corporation (Humanitarian Award), TOM VOSS and Ameren (Corporate Philanthropy Award), and DR. ROBERT HAYASHI (Medical Legacy Award). For more information, visit theNCCS.org.
Story: Viola is washed ashore in Illyria after being shipwrecked with her twin brother Sebastian and others, whom she believes have died. Endangered in a strange land, she masquerades as a young page named Cesario and becomes employed by Orsino, Duke of Illyria.
Audiences will be in the middle of the action during this year’s Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ performances of Twelfth Night in Forest Park. New stage-side seating will place patrons amid the live music, romance and comedy in Shakespeare Glen. Executive director Rick Dildine recently gave LN a sneak peek into the much-anticipated 13th installment of the free annual event, running this spring from May 24 to June 16, with preview plays May 22 and 23.
Rick Dildine PHOTO BY SARAH CROWDER
Rick Dildine, Stephen Hayes
Seeing stars…St. Louis will welcome a couple of big names beginning next month. On Tuesday, April 23, BOB DYLAN and his band will perform on the Peabody Opera House stage. Tickets went on sale March 15, and may still be available at the box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or through ticketmaster.com. Dylan, who will turn 73 in May, became the first rock musician to be voted into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters earlier this month.
Sitting down to talk about Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ programs to avert bullying, the first obvious question is, What does Shakespeare have to do with bulling? As it turns out, the connection runs deep.
Rick Dildine with Joe Carpenter and Mike Isaacson at reception for Tony Kushner, the recipient of the 2012 St. Louis Literary Award from Saint Louis University Library Associates
Rick Dildine with Barbara Goodman, Jessica Holzer and Kiku Obata at Shakespeare Festival's Tempest Ball
Rick Dildine with David Diener and Ann Wells at the 2012 Ladue News Show House
Proceeds from the Ladue News Show House will go to four St. Louis nonprofits: Angels’ Arms, Animal Protective Association of Missouri, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Dozens of volunteers from the nonprofits, as well as the National Charity League’s St. Louis Chapter, have donated their time to help prep the home and will serve as docents during the tour. “They will really help bring to life the vision of the designer for each room,” says volunteer chair Lisa Malone.
One of the premier events of the fall season makes its return in October: the second annual LADUE NEWS SHOW HOUSE. This year’s selection is a William Bernoudy-designed home in Town & Country. The Mid- Century Modern property, situated on 18 acres, was built in 1961 for the Horan family. The LN Show House opens Oct. 6 and will run through Oct. 21, and will feature the work of St. Louis’ most elite interior designers and decorators. Proceeds from the Show House benefit local charities. A list of participating designers, as well as ticket information, will be announced in the coming weeks.
Patrick Reed director of operations development, Scott Sheperd, Marilyn Sheperd, Jack Burke, Sara Burke, Rick Dildine
Rick Dildine, Executive Director, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
For many, the Fourth of July means grilling out with family and friends, watermelon and fireworks. But before the fireworks go off this year, catch a glimpse as to how other St. Louisans celebrate the birth of our nation.
Story: Othello, a Moor and a military general serving the City of Venice, falls in love with Desdemona, daughter of the Venetian senator Brabantio. They secretly wed, drawing the wrath of her father when he learns she has married an African. The Duke of Venice, however, dismisses Brabantio’s charges against Othello when the latter is ordered to lead Venetian forces into battle against the Turkish army over the rights to the island of Cyprus.