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It was my extreme pleasure to spend six weeks on the Big Island of Hawai’i this June/July 2015. I also was most content to do so with my wife, Lola. Jackie Pulani Johnson first emailed me in October of 2014 and our conversations led up to this summer. I met, taught, and worked in several projects with her at CU in the 70s. She acquired a degree and eventually returned to her home in Hawai’i. She taught at UH and eventually became chairperson of the theater department in Hilo. We stayed in touch with her and Jeri Gertz, (another Boulder/Denver friend living in Hilo). For years they have been inviting us to Hawai’i, but our work and family responsibilities precluded such a trip. However, this visit became possible last year.

I was immediately interested when I learned the Hilo Community Players (HCP) had been doing Shakespeare in the park for 38 seasons. I was even more attracted when I learned they were performing the difficult play Measure for Measure this summer. I acted for the HCP in their 38th season, playing Shakespeare, Master Froth, and Barnardine. Lola helped me as my dresser, and other actors helped me over very difficult banyan root terrain in the park. We also presented workshops for the University of Hawai’i. I taught Stage Combat and Master Class Acting, and Lola taught Playwriting.

Our stay was made possible by grants found by Jackie, by her hosting our stay in her home, and by her tireless attention to details facilitating the acting and workshops. We’re now even bigger Jackie fans as she accomplished all this at a very challenging time in her life.

This was a most satisfying experience in many different ways. I very much appreciate that Jackie wanted to bring us to Hawai’i, and then made it happen.

SUMMER 2019

Posted on January 23, 2019 by Chuck


Pipe and Tabor Festival ( http://www.pipeandtabor.org/festival/)

I was a music major most of my undergraduate years, and focused on Shakespeare in graduate school and my acting career.  These two interests came together after a stroke. I could play the tabor pipe as a hemiplegic, and I knew that Shakespeare’s musicians used the pipe and drum a lot. 

One of my favorite events is the annual International Pipe and Tabor Festival, which is held annually somewhere in England. In 2019 it will be in Stratford-on-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace and his family’s home.  Because of my Shakespeare experience I’ve been invited to give the keynote at the festival opening. I plan to base the keynote in a Shakespeare impersonation, and from Shakespeare’s point of view introduce other talks being presented at the Festival. If you are interested in Pipe and Tabor, here is the website. (http://www.pipeandtabor.org/festival/)

Colorado Shakespeare Garden 

Having served as Shakespeare for many years for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival ( https://www.facebook.com/COShakes/)

and as a founding member of the Colorado Shakespeare Gardens (http://www.coloradoshakespearegardens.org/home.php)

The impersonation is available by appointment. (Please use site contact).  As Shakespeare, I will meet you in the Gardens to answer questions or entertain comments you have about me or my time in history. We will find there are many similarities between my time and yours. 

Denver Botanic Gardens  (https://www.botanicgardens.org/)

For the past few years Shakespeare (my impersonation) serves as a surprise at the end of the Midsummer Nights Tour, featured in late June and early July. The docents tour 14 to 20 people through the Denver Botanic Gardens, show ‘n telling the plants of Shakespeare’s times and in his plays. In late June and early July, these tours take place in the cool of the evening, and conclude when the last question is answered, usually by dusk. The tour attendees are interested in Shakespeare and the 16thcentury, and their questions and comments are well informed.

These are the dates for the Midsummer Tours at the DBG 2019

June 20 at 6 pm

June 23 at 6 pm

June 29 at 6 pm

June 30 at 6 pm

July 5 at 6 pm

July 6 at 6 pm

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2017 and Others

Posted on June 17, 2017 by Chuck

Notes on three summers:

 

Summer of 2015.

Jackie Pualani Johnson’s Shakespeare Pacifica! sponsored me for eight weeks in Hilo, Hawai’i. Rob Hunt directed an excellent production of Measure For Measure with the Hilo Community Players. I played Froth and Barnardine for a dozen performances set in New Orleans (I learned a Cajun dialect). I also played Shakespeare before the performances. At the University of Hawai’i I taught stage combat workshops, and presented an acting Master Class to summer students and interested people.

My wife Lola taught a playwriting workshop that has grown into the productive, Skype friendly, East Hawai’i Playwrights Group.

 

Summer of 2016.

The Denver Botanical Gardens sponsored an experimental program called Midsummer Nights. About ten groups of 15 garden visitors were docent guided throughout the gardens to see plants and flowers particular to Shakespeare’s plays and his Cotswold upbringing. As Shakespeare I met them at tours end in the Oak Grove. This experiment was so successful the Gardens are considering offering it again Summer 2017.

 

This same summer both the Colorado Shakespeare Garden and the Boulder Museum of History offered programs in conjunction with the tour of the Folger Library’s First Folio of Shakespeare to Norlin Library in Boulder.

 

Summer of 2017.

I often will be in the Colorado Shakespeare Garden as Will Shakespeare, supporting this year’s Festival productions. I can be booked by sending a request through this website or to wilcoxc@colorado.edu

 

The Botanical Gardens of Denver – 2017 about six groups, again of 15 visitors to see plants and flowers particular to Shakespeare’s plays and his Cotswold upbringing. They will meet my impersonation of William for a portion of this event.

The Tour dates are as follows:

June 18 – Oak Grove

June 19 – Oak Grove

June 20 – Oak Grove

June 29 – Victoria Secret Garden

July 2 – Oak Grove

July 7 – Oak Grove

 

Go to Denver Botanic Gardens – Home | Facebook to get information on tickets and availability.

 

 

 

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SUMMER 2016

Posted on January 18, 2017 by Chuck

 


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This same summer both the Colorado Shakespeare Garden and the Boulder Museum of History offered programs in conjunction with the tour of the Folger Library’s First Folio of Shakespeare to Norlin Library in Boulder. My ‘Will’ impersonation appeared in all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SUMMER of 2015.

Posted on January 18, 2017 by Chuck

Jackie Pualani Johnson’s Shakespeare Pacifica! sponsored me for eight weeks in Hilo, Hawai’i. Rob Hunt directed an excellent production of Measure For Measure with the Hilo Community Players. I played Froth and Barnardine for a dozen performances set in New Orleans (I learned a Cajun dialect). I also played Shakespeare before the performances. At the University of Hawai’i I taught stage combat workshops, and presented an acting Master Class to summer students and interested people.

My wife Lola taught a playwriting workshop that has grown into the productive, Skype friendly, East Hawai’i Playwrights Group.

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RUNNING RIVER : MUCH ADO

Posted on April 1, 2015 by Chuck

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SHAKESPEARE BY REQUEST

Posted on April 1, 2015 by Chuck

Again this year (2015) during summer at The Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Will Shakespeare (actor Chuck Wilcox) will be appearing in the Colorado Shakespeare Gardens. on these dates:

June 5, 6, & 13 Before Much Ado About Nothing from 6:00 pm until curtain

June 26, & 27 Before Othello @ 6:00 pm until curtain

July 29 & Aug 7, & 9 Before Henry V @ 5:30 pm until curtain

   Note: Will/Chuck is not available during most of July

You also may reserve an exclusive and individually tailored visit with ‘Will’. This may be on any of the above dates, or if you prefer another performance time, call to arrange a ‘just for you visit with ‘Will’. Or come just to enjoy the Gardens. Contact Chuck to schedule such an event at 303.919.3532 or by return email. PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATION BEFORE JUNE 1st. 

‘Will’ has been a popular part of the pre-show offering for many seasons and will continue now in this beautiful setting. Chuck as ‘Will’ gladly talks about the evening’s play, the performance, the Gardens, or anything about Shakespeare and his life and times that interests you.

The Gardens are on the West side of Hellems; this is the building which surrounds the Mary Rippon outdoor theater. Under the loving care of The Shakespeare Garden Society, the gardens have been continually expanded and improved for over 25 years. Large grassy areas and picnic tables are ready to accommodate your repast and visit. Shape it as you WILL!

note: Any donation to or volunteer work in the CSF Gardens will be welcomed.

Feel free to forward this to anyone you feel would like to participate.

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House Concerts

Posted on February 11, 2013 by Chuck

These performances marked the beginning of my local focus on ‘Impersonation of James VI&I and Will Shakespeare’.  The audience for each event was about 15-18 lively people who presented a wide range of interesting questions for both characters. I feel their interest and enthusiasm bodes well for this fledgling enterprise. These performances are personally very fulfilling and they always remind me why I keep doing them.

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The King James Bible

Posted on November 17, 2011 by Chuck

Be advised that this is the 400th anniversary of the authorization/publication of the King James Bible. This work is often considered to be the most influential book ever printed in the English language. This credit must be shared with the works of William Shakespeare of course. The celebration of James’ instigation of this important work is often reason enough for my impersonation of that monarch.

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