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2nd Shakespeare tribute set to celebrate the Bard across Pittsburgh

| Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 9:00 p.m.
Actress Yvonne Hudson of Lawrenceville tosses a flower onto a statue of William Shakesepeare outside of Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland on April 23, 2015, what would be William Shakespeare's 451st birthday. Hudson performs a solo-show called 'Mrs. Shakespeare' and was out with board members of Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks to celebrate a 'Week of Will' to commemorate the famous playwright's birthday week.
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Actress Yvonne Hudson of Lawrenceville tosses a flower onto a statue of William Shakesepeare outside of Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland on April 23, 2015, what would be William Shakespeare's 451st birthday. Hudson performs a solo-show called 'Mrs. Shakespeare' and was out with board members of Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks to celebrate a 'Week of Will' to commemorate the famous playwright's birthday week.

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks will present its second annual “Week of Will” from April 23 to 29 at several city sites.

The celebration includes an observance of William Shakespeare's birth (1564) and death (1616), both on April 23.

At 1:30 p.m., the group and the public will pay tribute at the Shakespeare statue at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland, followed at 2 p.m. with the “Bard Walk” from the statue to a tent at the Schenley Plaza Oval. There will be birthday treats at the tent and an appearance by “Mrs. Shakespeare (Anne Hathaway),” portrayed by Yvonne Hudson.

“Shakespeare Slam,” another public gathering, will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. April 25 with “Villainy Most Vile” at Te Cafe in Squirrel Hill. Readings and performances of Shakespeare's most villainous characters will be presented by actors and non-actors. Children are invited. A $10 donation is suggested to fund a local production of the bard's “The Comedy of Errors” in September.

Other events are a trivia contest April 24 on Facebook, a vote on people's favorite Shakespearean ruler on April 26, a Twitter chat from 7 to 7:30 p.m. April 27 and a gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. April 28 at Franktuary in Lawrenceville to celebrate Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks' 12th season.

Details: pittsburghshakespeare.org

— Marilyn Anobile

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