Nicole Galland digs Shakespeare. Really, really digs Shakespeare. And she wants you to dig it, too. No time like the present, either.
Tomorrow night, June 30, beginning at 8 p.m. she is hosting an event called Bard at the Yard at the dance colony in Chilmark.
But fear not, this is not some supposed-to-be-good-for-you type of event with quizzes afterwards. Ms. Galland is an expert at taming the Bard for fickle audiences still cloudy as to what was happening in bygone England, no matter the hard work of high school English teachers everywhere.
This spring Ms. Galland’s novel, I, Iago, hit stores. The book is a reinterpretation of the famous tragedy told from the perspective of Iago. In her book, Ms. Galland humanizes the notorious villain, helping to make sense of his behavior.
On Saturday, the evening begins with a brief discussion or her novel. Following the talk, Ms. Galland and her seasoned troupe of actors will give a performance of a medley of Shakespeare plays, using examples from Rogers and Hammerstein, the Reduced Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare for the Masses, as well as original material by playwright Scott Barrow. The group will riff on Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice and Othello.
Performers include Rob Myers, Billy Meleady, Scott Barrow, Peter Stray, Chris Roberts, Alexandra London-Thompson, Jihan Ponti and Jacqueline Wigglesworth.
There is a reception in the courtyard to follow.
For more information, visit dancetheyard.org.