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Georgia Shakespeare in danger of closing its doors
Georgia Shakespeare in danger of closing its doors

ATLANTA -- Georgia Shakespeare has run classical theater in Metro Atlanta for more than 25 years, housed on the campus of Oglethorpe University in Brookhaven.

A letter from artistic director Richard Garner this week spoke of an urgent obstacle facing the company. Georgia Shakespeare needs to raise $150,000 by Sept. 23 or they will be forced to shut down operations. Provided they can overcome that hurdle, they still face the challenge of raising an additional $350,000 by the end of the year in order to stay afloat.

The company is seeking donations to their annual fund through their website, GeorgiaShakespeare.org.

The company was founded as a tent theater company and eventually was housed in the John A. and Miriam H. Conant Performing Center on Oglethorpe's campus. This year, the company has performed a couple of Shakespearean productions -- The Tempest and Antony and Cleopatra -- along with comedy Noises Off and the stage adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. Georgia Shakespeare was also privileged this year to host award-winning film and television actor Avery Brooks in the title role of Paul Robeson.

Georgia Shakespeare has provided classes for people wanting to learn to perform Shakespeare as well as teaching stage acting in general. The company also teaches classes for educators wanting to learn how to better incorporate Shakespeare in the classroom. They also make study guides available for many of their productions.

For the fall season, the company plans to perform Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, currently scheduled to run October 6 through October 30.