Virtual Shakespeare & Friends Aloud
You are invited to join us for our next season of Shakespeare & Friends Aloud! In addition to reading the works of Shakespeare, we’ll also be covering his friends and contemporaries, like Christopher Marlowe, John Fletcher, Thomas Kyd, and others. Community members are warmly invited to participate as readers or as audience members using the Zoom videoconferencing platform.
To participate in the next reading, register below.
After registering, you'll receive a reminder email on the day of the reading with your Zoom invitation link, as well as information about choosing your character (optional). Click the Zoom invitation link (https://csulb.zoom.us/j/83412739101) at 4:00 p.m. PT on the day of the reading to join fellow Shakespeare fans on Zoom.
For our previous participants, please note that you must register via the link above in order to receive the Zoom link.
All readings take place at 4:00 p.m. PT. Join 15 minutes early for a "how-to" on using Zoom. Character selection will not take place until 4:00 pm. Readings will last approximately 90 minutes. Everyone is welcome! All voice, all dialects. No experience or audition is required. Shakespeare and Friends Aloud is intended to be a fun exploration of Elizabethan and Jacobian drama, so bring your sense of humor!
Do I need to download Zoom?
If you do not have Zoom downloaded on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click the link to join the meeting. You may also download Zoom for free here.
Do I need to have an account?
You do not need to have an account to join a meeting. You may create one if you like.
Where can I learn more about Zoom?
We recommend the Quick Start Guide for new users. There you will be able to join a test meeting and try out Zoom before our virtual reading event.
Where can I find Shakespeare-themed backgrounds for Zoom?
Right click on any of the images below and choose “Save Image As” to save it to your computer. Open your Zoom meeting-app, visit your Preferences, then choose Virtual Backgrounds. Click the “+” next to Choose Virtual Background to upload your images and set your background.
Arden of Feversham by Thomas Kyd
Based on true events, Arden of Feversham tells the story of Thomas Arden's murder by his wife and her lover, and their subsequent discovery. The earliest example of a domestic tragedy, the authorship of this play is hotly disputed - most recently being attributed to William Shakespeare. Full text. [PDF]
- 10/7 Arden of Feversham by Thomas Kyd
- 10/14 Arden of Feversham by Thomas Kyd
Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare
The King of Navarre and his companions swear off the company of women for three years in order to focus on study and fasting. And because this is a comedy, you can imagine how well that goes... Full text.
- 10/21 Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare
- 10/28 Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare
Shakespeare Aloud is provided in collaboration with the Long Beach Public Library