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The Supernatural World of Shakespeare on Newburgh Last Saturdays on June 25, 2016

And now for something completely different…Supernatural Shakespeare! …at Newburgh Last Saturdays — #NBLS on June 25 from 4 to 7 p.m.:

“I’ll give thee fairies to attend on thee;
And they shall fetch thee jewels from the deep,
And sing while thou on pressed flowers dost sleep.
And I will purge thy mortal grossness so,
That thou shalt like an aery sprit go.”
—A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 3 Scene 1

April 23 was the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and gave rise to thousands of Shakespeare events around the world. 2016 continues to be an international “Shakespeare Year,” and the celebration will be spotlighted at SUNY Orange with a family-friendly event on Saturday, June 25, "The Supernatural World of Shakespeare."

Featured during the late afternoon will be writer Joanne Zipay of New Windsor. Beginning at 5 p.m., she will read selections from her new book "Come, You Spirits! The Supernatural World of Shakespeare – A Guide for Critical Thinking and Creative Activities," which was additionally co-authored by Milton Polsky and Warren Wyss. Teachers, parents, and children, as well as anyone interested in Shakespeare and the supernatural may find themselves captivated by Zipay’s energetic presentation. Come learn about the fairies and mysterious spirits featured in Shakespeare’s plays. Hear them speak through his beautiful verse, and engage in some “magical” activities!

Following the dramatic reading, Zipay will do a book signing. A director, educator, and dramaturg specializing in Shakespeare, she is an adjunct instructor in the Arts and Communication Department at SUNY Orange, and assistant Cultural Affairs coordinator.  In February, she gave a lecture on Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway at the Middletown campus.  And Zipay recently returned from her annual Guest Artist residency at Collin College/Collin Theatre Center, Plano, TX.  She is currently a director as well as resident dramaturg and voice coach at Children’s Shakespeare Theatre in Palisades, NY.  She was the founder and for over 20 years artistic director/producer of Judith Shakespeare Company of NYC. The British Theatre Guide wrote, “Ms. Zipay has a passion and mastery of the text which is awe-inspiring.”

In addition to Shakespeare and his supernatural world, two exhibits will be on view. In the Mindy Ross Gallery, "Scenes of Newburgh" – Paintings and Pen & Inks features the works of nine visual artists. Also, in the glass vitrine cases in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross, "Newburgh Now and ­Then" is a comparative exhibit of historical photographs and present day photos taken of the same place by Joe Santacroce. The photos were chosen because of their close proximity to the SUNY Orange campus and are part of a larger collection from city historian Mary McTamaney.

The reading, reception, and exhibits are free and open to the public. The Mindy Ross Gallery and Foyer are located in Kaplan Hall.

Questions may be addressed to Cultural Affairs at or (845) 341-9386. You may also view the Cultural Affairs website at

Event date, time and location.

Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs