Cady Huffman, Michael Urie, Austin Pendleton and More Launch Shakespeare Exchange's Sonnet Project May 20

By Carey Purcell
May 20, 2013

Shakespeare Exchange launches its Sonnet Project with an invitation-only event at the Museum of the Moving Image May 20 at 7 PM.



The event features Tony Award-winning actress Cady Huffman, who will offer a sonnet reading.

Huffman, Lynn Cohen, Vince Gatton, Joanna Gleason, Austin Pendleton, Chris Sarandon, Dana Snyder and Michael Urie will all appear in an upcoming sonnet film. Several sonnet films will be released at the launch party.

A year-long, interactive project, the Sonnet Project is part of Shakespeare Exchange's commitment to make Shakespeare accessible to everyone, everywhere. The undertaking will create short films of all 154 of Shakespeare's love poems with 154 actors in 154 unique locations around the five boroughs, bringing together the classical poetry of the Bard with the urban poetry of New York City.

Throughout the year, each short film will be released on the website SonnetProjectNYC.com and via a Sonnet Project mobile app. The goal is to reach an audience of one million by April 23, 2014, in celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.

This endeavor will end with the release of a full Sonnet Project Anthology, complete with special features exploring the textual nuances of the language, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the creators and actors.

The project will also feature several "virtual" bonuses, including special Sonnet "walking tours" of New York City neighborhoods, an interactive Sonnet Project website available to educators and Shakespeare-lovers of all ages and Sonnet Project scavenger hunts making use of QR codes and mobile technology.

More information can be found at ShakespeareExchange.org.