Bard in the Barn 2011–An All Alum/Guest Artist Cast

Bard in the Barn 2011 cast.

WIU alums, guest artists, and WIU faculty perform "unrehearsed Shakespeare" for Bard in the Barn 2011.

Bard in the Barn returned to Macomb this year with a twist.  This year’s cast for Bard was made up entirely of WIU alums, guest artists and WIU faculty.  Why no students you ask?  Because the “unrehearsed Shakespeare” technique has become so popular with WIU theatre majors that for the first time ever, the theatre department has created a semester long class taught by the local “unrehearsed Shakespeare” authority, Bill Kincaid.

According to Kincaid, the class offering was extremely well received and between students just beginning to learn the technique and a University Theatre production in rehearsal and a Studio show that was in the second night of production the same night as Bard, there were no WIU students available to perform in this year’s Bard.  So, out went the call and 22 alums and guest artists paid their way to get to Macomb and perform in Bard.  That says a lot about how collaborative the Bard experience is.  Alums and guests came from as far away as Florida and Washington state.

And again this year, it was a great event.

Mike Speck, a 2005 Masters of Fine Arts graduate of Western Illinois University, plays his part in Saturday’s unrehearsed Shakespeare event, “Bard in the Barn.” Two performances were held Saturday afternoon at the Flack Barn, just east of Macomb.

Mike Speck, a 2005 Masters of Fine Arts graduate of Western Illinois University, plays his part in Saturday’s unrehearsed Shakespeare event, “Bard in the Barn.” Two performances were held Saturday afternoon at the Flack Barn, just east of Macomb.

Read more and see more pics in the McDonough County Voice. The image of Mike Speck, right, was taken by Jodi Pospeschil for the McDonough County Voice.

Read more in the WIU University Relations press release.

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