We are excited to share with you this journey of discovery: delving into the comedy, tragedy and history of the Human Story- a Story we all Share and we all Live...our Human Condition.

 

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The Marco Island Shakespeare Festival, Inc. would not exist today if not for the generosity of the Marco Island Community. 

 

Thank you for supporting our students at the Marco Island Academy, on their journey to live and learn Shakespeare - literally breathing life into the words on the page...and coming away with an awe-inspiring understanding and appreciation for Shakespeare's text and sensitivity to the realities of what makes us human.  

 

Our students never cease to amaze us as directors, academics, teachers and community members.  

 

Gaining ever more appreciation and understanding, they share Shakespeare's text with such talent and entertainment you are left gasping for air from laughing, or searching for a Kleenex to wipe away tears. 

 

Please join us in this journey to help keep Shakespeare's words alive and through the entertainment of these talented actors, understood.

 

Your support of these students leaves the kind of impact that can never be erased or taken away. 

In Gratitude to our Supporters, present and future,

 

 

Thank you..."a thousand times," thank you.

Yours Most Sincerely,

 

Jacquielynn Wolff

Founding Artistic & Executive Director

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This is my last season at the helm of The Marco Island Shakespeare Festival. Although I will remain involved with our work, and mission to engage the international community through the works of a one William Shakespeare, Jacquielynn Wolff will return in the autumn of our 2016 season to lead us in that charge. The past three years have, quite literally, changed my life in ways I never could have imagined, and I will be forever indebted to our incredible students and actors for instilling in me the courage to pursue passion.


Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace has an interesting feature in that its epilogue consists of two parts. As I have grappled personally with the reconciliation of these two notions as metaphor recently, it seems fitting that my epilogue with the Festival is also in two parts. 

First is Gift of the Magi, an adaptation of O. Henry's short Chrstimas story which I have penned for our December production. We have set this story in the first half of 20th century London, a time and a town marked by industrialism, war, and nationalism, but also a time marked by the contradicting senses of unity and change. Our tale joins John Dillingham nearing the end of life's toils, grappling with what he's lost and what he'll leave behind as he recalls the sweet, hilarious, and desparaging moments that made him the man he thinks he is. Introduced to a vibrant and caring young nurse, he is reminded of the virtues of hope and love, as she struggles to let her heart take her on a journey of her own. Brought together by sickness and held together by fate, they learn that best gift one ultimately can receive is the gift of giving. 

 

Second is William Shakespeare's The Tempest

Kaitlynn McRae

Director of Operations