Wednesday , May 29 2024

A Most Rare Vision: Shakespeare And Earth Day Come Together In Yosemite

This past Sunday, April 22, was Earth Day. But did you know that the day before was the birthday of conservationist John Muir, or that the day after was the day widely believed to have been the birth and death of William Shakespeare? These may seem like unrelated occasions, but one special event brought all three together in Yosemite National Park. Majestic. Peaceful. Calming. For many, these are the words conjured by Yosemite National Park. But in the park this past weekend, hundreds of visitors may have borne witness to a most rare vision: Two deaths, a wedding, and a fairy falling in love with a donkey. It was William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” performed in the shadows of pine trees and towering granite walls. It was the brainchild of two directors, both English professors and Shakespeare scholars: Katie Brokaw of UC Merced and Paul Prescott of the University of Warwick in England. “This whole story began with a walk in the park about 2 years ago,” Prescott said. “We

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