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Speak the Speech: 
The Great Persuaders

Tuesday, March 5, 7:00 PM
NY Public Library 
18 West 53rd Street

This event is FREE

Language is POWERFUL.
Throughout history it has been used to both motivate and persuade for political action.

NY Shakespeare Exchange presents one of their signature Freestyle lab exploring a selection of speeches by Black activists and politicians across centuries of American History, alternating with some of Shakespeare’s greatest speeches that use persuasive language in similar ways. 
Our cast will bring to life these speeches with passion, power, and poetry to explore what contemporary Black voices can teach us about Shakespeare’s legacy.  

The performance will be followed by a town hall conversation with the artists.


Freestyle Labs
at the 53rd Street Library

Part lecture. Part performance. Part town hall conversation.

We address the issues facing our world through a Shakespearean lens. Join us as we enter into conversation as only NY Shakespeare Exchange can do.

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What do Romeo and Juliet Really Look Like? - Implicit Bias on the Stage

Trans Warriors in the SpotlightCoriolanus through a lens of gender politics

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