In The PassionPit with Jay Michaels

A PASSIONPIT-STOP: Michael Hagins on choreographing Shakespeare

November 6, 2019

Michael Hagins is one of the more prolific names in indie theater. Playwright, director, actor, producer, and especially fight choreographer. The mark of quality, entertainment, and authenticity is to see his name in a program as the one teaching how to take a punch or wield a sword. He just finished a rousing outdoor showing of Two Gentlemen of Verona as part of Shakespeare Sports' summer season. Max Berry of Showtones called the show "smooth" and "lively."

Well, I guess, thanks to Michael, no one got stabbed or slammed into a tree. 


Carrie Edel Isaacman's theatrical troupe earns its name this fall by trotting from park to park with TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA. Shakespeare Sports offers FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK through October 27, telling the story of Julia - in love with Proteus - disguising herself as a young man and follows Proteus to the Duke of Milan's court. There, Proteus and his friend, Valentine meet the Duke's daughter, Silvia, and instantly they BOTH fall for her. Let the games begin!

The free outside showings will be at Athens Square Park in Queens; Dongan Park and Billings Lawn (both in Fort Tryon Park); Summit Rock Park in Manhattan's Central Park alongside the original Shakespeare in the Park. Production edited to 90 minutes.

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