The Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida Announces a Staged Reading of Excerpts from the First Folio - April 11, 2016, 7:30 Pm, at the Vanguard, Fort Lauderdale

Delray Beach, FL, April 05, 2016 --( The newly formed Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida (“STSF”) will present “Shakespeare! Scenes of Power” taking place at The Vanguard Sanctuary for the Arts, 1501 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 on April 11, 2016, at 7:30 pm.

Veteran Shakespeare actor Peter Galman ( has assembled a group of well-known South Florida actors who are being trained to act Shakespeare using the First Folio, the original published book of Shakespeare’s works.

“It always amazed me to hear how audiences appreciate the clarity, passion and nimble wit that is displayed when the acting work is Folio-based,” said Mr. Galman. “When that audience member is a 4th grade student, as my work at the Actors Shakespeare Company took us to New Jersey schools, it was clear that the First Folio was the key to unlocking the puzzle of how to make Shakespeare’s words accessible to everyone who had ears to hear. Actors enjoy a special relationship with the actors of the Elizabethan stage through the First Folio, as if they were being directed by the Bard himself. The cues and clues are all there.”

The South Florida actors who will speak the Bard’s words include Beverly Blanchette, Steve Carroll, Jennifer Coe, Patty Fernandez, Peter Galman, Betsy Graver, Peter Haig, Kent Harris, Jude Parry, Jessica Peterson, George Schiavone and Karen Stephens.

“The reading will showcase these actors as a group that can travel around South Florida, bringing the words of the Bard to life on a bare stage with a minimum of props or costumes,” said Mr. Galman.

STSF hopes to be performing at venues and classrooms all over South Florida soon. “This year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death on April 23, 1616,” said Mr. Galman. “We are joining the global celebration of his legacy that is being called Shakespeare400.”

STSF is raising money, through the arts-friendly crowdfunding website Indiegogo, in order to pay actors and cover event expenses. “If theatre goers want to reserve a ticket, a $25 donation on the Indiegogo site ( guarantees them a seat at the reading,” said Mr. Galman. “I hope donors will send a student if they can’t attend. We want to introduce the young to Shakespeare, to help them understand why he is the most produced playwright in America.”
Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida
Peter Galman