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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

An exclusive evening with the RSC

L-R: At the BAM Next Society Celebration: Shakespeare Society Artistic Director Michael Sexton; BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins; Bank of America BAM Trustee Jeff Barker. (Photo: Elena Olivo)
On Monday night, members participated in an exclusive program co-presented by BAM and the Shakespeare Society, in which Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro and actors from the Royal Shakepeare Company's Julius Caesar explored characters from the play through scene work and discussion. Guests left feeling extremely moved by the program which was entitled "Brutus and Julius Caesar: The Nature of an Insurrection." The Next Society Celebration, an annual event for this special group of BAM patrons, followed the program.

Company members Chartwell Dutiro, who plays the mbira in the live band onstage, with
Ray Fearon (Mark Antony) at last night's event. (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Read on for more about the event!

Next Society members were joined by company members of the RSC's production of Julius Caesar at a festive supper reception in the Rita K. Hillman Studio of the BAM Fisher, which boasts spectacular views of Brooklyn. Additional special guests at a supper reception included members of the Shakespeare Society including Artistic Director Michael Sexton and NYC Market President of Bank of America and BAM trustee Jeff Barker. The food was provided by Great Performances, BAMboozle—BAM's beer of choice—was provided by Brooklyn Brewery, and elegant and seasonal decor from Fleurs Bella transformed the studio. Thanks to Joshua Shneider and Friends, there was a live jazz quartet that had Royal Shakespeare Company actor's dancing late into the night!

Tonight we will be hosting an Opening Night Party following Les Arts Florissants' David et Jonathas for members at the Supporter level and above. Visit our events page for more information about this event and others!

 Joseph Mydell (Casca) and guests (Photo: Elena Olivo)
Emilyne Mondo (Caesar's Servant), Theo Ogundipe (the Soothsayer), and guests (Photo: Elena Olivo)
Joshua Shneider and Friends jazz quartet at the Next Society Celebration. (Photo: Elena Olivo)

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