“I love Shakespeare,” says Woronicz. “No playwright gives me more joy, a greater theatricality or a deeper sense of the wonder of the human story than old Will. I have spent the better part of my professional career as an actor and director of Shakespeare and am delighted to bring that knowledge to the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Throughout my career, Shakespeare has been my joyous companion, constant teacher and ever more demanding colleague and I look forward to sharing his artistry with the audiences at Lake Tahoe this summer.”
From the Boston Shakespeare Company to the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Woronicz worked diligently to improve and enhance the acting companies he was involved with, including expanding the diversity of productions and teams and increasing community involvement. Responsible for the annual selection of 11 plays produced on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s three stages, Woronicz also handled the hiring and staffing of the acting company of 70 and casting for the more than 780 performances on three stages over a 10-month season.
According to Executive Director Catherine Atack, “We are ecstatic to welcome Henry to our theatre family. He has incredible enthusiasm and brings solid theatrical leadership to our incredible outdoor lakeside stage. The passion that he conveys will enhance our performances and capture the true nature of Shakespearean theatre presenting our audiences with a Festival experience that will truly be unlike any we have had before.”
The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival provides audiences a unique combination of a majestic outdoor location along the shore of Lake Tahoe, gourmet food and drink services by Shakespeare’s Kitchen and performances seven nights a week with the premiere of a world music concert series featuring rotating artists every Monday night.
The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established for the cultural benefit and enjoyment of all residents and visitors to Lake Tahoe and Reno. Annually drawing more than 30,000 attendees from across the country to the specially built Warren Edward Trepp Stage along the north shore of Lake Tahoe, the Festival is an advocate for producing the finest cultural events in the region. The Festival’s community outreach includes an annual educational program, InterACT, designed to educate future generations on the importance of the arts, theater and music and the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program, a free series of performances produced specifically for the younger audience presented free of charge during the summer throughout Lake Tahoe and Northern Nevada.
This one is going to be on my summer itinerary. I love Much Ado, the most adaptable of all Shakespeare comedies, you will notice. I've never seen a bad performance. I can't say the same for M4M, but I have seen some very good ones. It's just not quite so winning as it's light hearted bill mate. In any event, they both figure to be intriguing productions, and you can't beat the locale.