Instant Shakespeare Company
The Instant Shakespeare Company is dedicated to the proposition that Shakespeare is for Everyone!
The company organizes annual readings of ALL of Shakespeare's plays using original Folio & Quarto texts.
Founded and run by Paul Sugarman, we have started our 18th Season of Readings of ALL of Shakespeare's plays.
Shakespeare for Everyone!The Instant Shakespeare readings are set up to make Shakespeare accessible. The readings are usually without rehearsal, but they are on-your-feet Instant staged readings where the readers/actors move around as much as they feel comfortable. Readers are encouraged to share with their fellow readers and the audience so that the plays can exist as words and thoughts communicated through space, not just words on the page.
Although most of the participants in the Instant Shakespeare readings are actors, all who wish to participate are invited to do so. Generally each reading has a Play Master(PM) responsible for casting and those who wish to participate can contact the PM. Sometimes there are still roles open at the reading and audience members can participate.
Instant Shakespeare Company 2017
18th Annual Reading Marathon
Readings in NYC at
53 53rd Street Branch 18 West 53rd Str.
67 67th Street Branch, 328 East 67th St.
BL Bloomingdale Branch NYPL, 150 West 100th St.
EP Epiphany Branch NYPL, 228 East 23rd St
CO Columbus Branch NYPL, 742 10th Ave. Between 50 &51st St.
JM Jefferson Market Branch NYPL, 425 Ave of the Americas at 10th St.
MB Mulberry Street Branch NYPL, 10 Jersey St. between Lafayette & Mulberry
MU Muhlenberg Branch NYPL, 209 West 23rd St. (near Seventh Ave.)
RI Riverside Branch NYPL, 127 Amsterdam Ave. (at 65th St.)
SA St. Agnes Branch NYPL, 444 Amsterdam Ave. (at 81st St.)
(Bold indicates location code)
Complete list with PM (Playmaster)
March 11 Julius Caesar at MB PM Ben Pologe
March 18 Edmund Ironside at RI PM Eleanor Elizabeth Forman
March 25 Edward 3 at SA PM Anna Cody
April 1 Taming of the Shrew at CO PM Eleanor Elizabeth Forman
April 8 Merry Wives of Windsor at BL PM Jackie Margolis
April 15 Titus Andronicus at RI PM Ken Wayne
April 22 Two Gentlemen of Verona at 67 PM Kate Ross
April 29 Doctor Faustus at SA PM Ken Wayne
May 6 Romeo and Juliet at 53 PM Eleanor Elizabeth Forman
May 13 Much Ado about Nothing at EP PM Derek Tarson
May 13 Love's Labour's Lost at MU PM Eleanor Elizabeth Forman
May 20 As You Like It at RI PM Drew Bolander
June 3 Othello at CO PM Eleanor Elizabeth Forman
June 10 King John at BL PM Derek Tarson
June 17 Merchant of Venice at RI PM David Seatter
June 24 Henry VI, Part I at 67 PM Ken Wayne
July 1 Henry VI, Part II at 53 PM Ken Wayne
July 8 Henry VI, Part III at MU PM Ken Wayne
July 15 Richard III at RI PM Carrie Edel Isaacman
July 22 Two Noble Kinsmen at EP PM Ben Pologe
July 22 Midsummer Night's Dream at MB PM James Jagiello
July 29 Twelfth Night at SA PM David Seatter
August 5 Henry IV, Part I at CO PM Paul Sugarman
August 12 Henry IV, Part II at BL PM Paul Sugarman
August 19 Hamlet at RI PM Michael Gardener
August 26 Richard II at 67 PM David Seatter
September 9 Comedy of Errors at 53 PM Paul Sugarman
September 16 Timon of Athens at RI PM Anna Cody
September 23 Henry VIII at EP PM Ben Pologe
September 23 Macbeth at MB PM Paul Battiato
September 30 Antony and Cleopatra at SA PM Anna Cody
October 7 Measure for Measure at CO PM Michael Gardener
October 14 Love for Love by Congreve at BL PM David Seatter
October 21 Henry V at RI PM Drew Bolander
October 28 Pericles at EP PM Derek Tarson
October 28 Troilus and Cressida at 67 PM Ken Wayne
November 4 Macbeth at 53 PM Ken Wayne
November 18 Coriolanus at MU PM Drew Bolander
November 18 King Lear at RI PM Paul Battiato
November 25 Tempest at MB PM Derek Tarson
December 2 Cymbeline at CO PM Anna Cody
December 9 All's Well That Ends Well at BL PM James Jagiello
December 16 Winter's Tale at RI PM Ken Wayne
Playmasters 2017, 18th Season
Paul Battiato, firstname.lastname@example.org
Drew Bolander, email@example.com
Anna Cody, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Gardener, email@example.com
Carrie Edel Isaacman, firstname.lastname@example.org
James Jagiello, email@example.com
Jackie Margolis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben Pologe, email@example.com
Kate Ross, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Seatter, email@example.com
Paul Sugarman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Derek Tarson, email@example.com
Kenneth Wayne, (718) 241-9539
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