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Shakespeare's Valentine's

Just in time for the holiday that celebrates true love with flowers and chocolate hearts, Hudson Shakespeare serves up a Valentine that only the Bard could deliver.  Starting off 2004 with the first of many showcases, HSC presented selections from some of Shakespeare's most immortal and dysfunctional couples for our debut in Kenilworth, NJ.  This showcase offered up different takes on what it means to be in love.  From the famous balcony scene of two star crossed teenagers professing their love in the shadows to the grotesque Richard III, who successfully woos the wife of the man he just killed, Shakespeare Valentine's celebrates love Shakespeare Style, where all that glisters is not gold and the most successful relationship is a between a pair of murderers.  Showcase scenes include selections from Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, Macbeth and Shakespeare's Sonnets.

February 13, 2004

Taming of the Shrew - Act II, Scene 1 "Meeting of Petruchio and Kate

Petruchio attempts (Jon Ciccarelli) to woo an unimpressed Kate (Francine Tychcuaco).

"A join'd stool" as the wooing gets desperate.

Richard III - Act I, Scene 2 "Encounter with the mourning Lady Anne"

Richard (Jon Ciccarelli) disturbs the funeral procession of the late king.

Lady Anne (Heather Girardi) laments over her slain father in law, King Henry VI


Lady Anne lashes out at Richard her husband's killer and future husband.

Hamlet - Act III, Scene 1 "Get thee to a nunnery"

Hamlet (Rich Warren) ponders fate, life and his next move in his most famous soliloquy.

A loving advice to flee to a distraught Ophelia (Francine Tychuaco)


Love turned to supposed betrayal as Ophelia is caught between duty to her father and her lover.


Much Ado About Nothing - "Various scenes from the first half of show and Act V, Scene 2"

Beatrice (Francine Tychuaco) begins a spirited encounter of wits with Benedick (Rich Warren) in the beginning scene of the play.

Benedick dons a disguise during the masquerade scene to fool Beatrice into thinking he is someone else.


Benedick finally smitten attempts to find the best note to express himself to Beatrice.

Macbeth - "Various scenes from the show and Act V, Scene 2"

Macbeth (Jon Ciccarelli) and Lady Macbeth (Heather Girardi) reunite after along absence.

As ambition burns in Lady Macbeth to kill the king, she strenghens her husband's resolve..


Life thrown asunder as Lady Macbeth laments the life she's lost and recounts her and husband's downfall in the famous sleepwalking scene.

Sonnets - "30 selected sonnets describing the evolution of relationship"

Female Sonneteer (Renee Ashcroft) is unmoved by her partner's (Rich Warren) words as the two use Shakespeare's sonnets to express their side of the relationship

Romeo and Juliet - "The Balcony Scene"

Prior to revealing each other, Romeo (Rich Warren) and Juliet (Francine Tychuaco) from different perspectives as they ponder each other.

A Midsummer Night's Dream - "Encounter with Titania and Oberon"

A precocious Titania taunts her husband Oberon for his many indiscretions, but is rebuffed as Oberon recounts hers.

and "The Lover's quarrel.  A less than happy Lysander (Rich Warren) under the spell of the love potion is reunited with his former lover Hermia (Francine Tychuaco

A less than happy Lysander (Rich Warren) under the spell of the love potion is reunited with his former lover Hermia (Francine Tychuaco) and he summarily dismisses her.

Under the influence of the love potion Demetrius (Jon Ciccarelli) and Lysander (Rich Warren) spy their prey Helena (Heather Girardi) and attack


Character Actor
Oberon/Narrator L. Robert Johnson


Francine Tychuaco


Jon Ciccraelli
Lady Anne/lady macbeth/titania/helena Heather Girardi

male sonneteer/


Rich Warren
Female SOnneteer Renee Ashcroft



David Brearley High School, Kenilworth, NJ


To view other 2004 School/Community Showcases

Shakespeare's Valentine's

Kenilworth Library Association

Kenilworth, NJ

February 14, 2004

 Romeo and Juliet Sword Fighting Showcase

Scarsdale Middle School

Scarsdale, NY

May 11, 2004

Shakespeare and Sword Fighting Showcase

David Brearly Middle & High School, Kenilworth, New Jersey 

May 18, 2004

Lysistrata Performance

College Misericordia - Dallas, PA

July 15, 2004

Shakespeare and sword teen workshops

College Misericordia, Dallas Pa

July 16, 2004

Coriolanus Performance

College Misericordia - Dallas, Pa

July 16, 2004

Edgar Allen Poe Showcase

Kenilworth Library Association - Kenilworth, NJ

Date TBA


To view other 2004 Shows

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Run for Your Wife


A Midsummer Night's Dream






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