Monday, March 24, 2008


Back by popular demand, Georgia Shakespeare returns to Piedmont Park to present Shake at the Lake, May 7 – 11 at 7:30pm. This year’s offering of Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters will be presented free and under the stars on the Lake Lawn of Piedmont Park, located behind the Visitors Center at 12th Street. Although free, tickets are required and may be picked up beginning at 10am on the day of the performance at the Piedmont Park Visitors Center or at the Conant Performing Arts Center box office (4484 Peachtree Rd., Oglethorpe University). For more information, visit or call the Georgia Shakespeare box office at 404.264.0020.

“The Servant of Two Masters will be our fifth free production in Piedmont Park,” said Georgia Shakespeare’s Producing Artistic Director Richard Garner. “Shake at the Lake has established itself as Atlanta’s unofficial kick-off to spring. Each year, people line up earlier and earlier to get their tickets to this widely anticipated event. Even with the new drought restrictions, audiences can anticipate the same high quality performances of years past. The new regulations require only minor changes to our yearly setup.” Shake at the Lake is sponsored by The Kendeda Fund and Peachtree TV. Additional support provided by Bank of America, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Directed by Dan McCleary, The Servant of Two Masters is a new take on Goldoni’s classic commedia sketch that combines slapstick comedy, clowning, and juggling, with hysterical rhetorical comedy infused with wit, sarcasm and satire. In a comedic style with an improv feel, topical references and local dignitaries become punch lines, jokes, and puns.Heading up the stellar ensemble cast is Chris Ensweiler, as the clowning servant, Truffaldino, who will be reprising his role from Georgia Shakespeare’s 2007 mainstage production of Servant. Wendell Brock of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution touted that performance stating that "Ensweiler outdoes himself here — giving one of the most outrageous and ingenious performances of the year.”

In addition to Ensweiler, the cast of colorful characters includes Hudson Adams (Lombardi), Rob Cleveland (Master of Revels), David Quay (Deputy Master of Circus Revels), Carolyn Cook (Beatrice), Crystal Dickinson (Brighella), Amelia Hammond (Clarice), Chris Kayser (Pantalone), Park Krausen (Smeraldina), J.C. Long (Deputy Master of Music Revels), Daniel May (Florindo), and Zechariah Pierce (Silvio).

The design team for Servant includes Kat Conley (scenery), Dr. Doug Koertge (costumes), Mike Post (lighting), and Clay Benning (sound).

On Saturday, May 10 Georgia Shakespeare presents Celebrate Shakespeare Family Day from 11am – 2pm. Free and open to the public, this fun-filled day includes arts and crafts, dancing, and performances. Events take place on the Lake Lawn of Piedmont Park (located behind the Visitors Center). No tickets are required. Celebrate Shakespeare Family Day is sponsored by the Junior League of Atlanta.

Following Shake at the Lake, Georgia Shakespeare returns to its home at the Conant Performing Arts Center (4484 Peachtree Rd. NE, Oglethorpe University) to produce the romantic comedy As You Like It (June 11 – August 1), The Merchant of Venice (June 26 – August 2), All’s Well That Ends Well (July 10 – August 3), the classic folktale Tom Thumb the Great (July 18 – August 2), and Antigone (October 9 - November 2).

For ticket information, call 404.264.0020 or visit

The law firm of Alembik, Fine, and Callner is Georgia Shakespeare’s Season Sponsor/Sustaining Patron. Additional support comes from Turner Broadcasting. The Summer Repertory is sponsored by CornerCap Investment Counsel. As You Like It is sponsored by Corporate Printers. Tom Thumb the Great is sponsored by Target. Georgia Shakespeare is supported in part by the DeKalb Office of Arts Culture and Entertainment. It is also supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The Council is a Partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Oglethorpe University is the host institution of Georgia Shakespeare.
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