Shakespeare at Notre Dame presents SonnetFest 2012



Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the third annual “SonnetFest” — a community-wide public reading of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets as interpreted by members of the University of Notre Dame and Michiana communities.

“Over the past two years, the event has been so popular that we are continuing an annual tradition where faculty, staff, students and members of our community can gather together to bring Shakespeare’s beautiful ruminations on love to life,” according to Scott Jackson, executive director of Shakespeare at Notre Dame.

All 154 of William Shakespeare’s sonnets will be read sequentially from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 14 (Tuesday) in the Great Hall of O’Shaugnessey Hall on the Notre Dame campus. The event, sponsored by Shakespeare at Notre Dame and the College of Arts and Letters, is free and open to the public.

Shakespeare at Notre Dame consists of the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies, the Ryan Producing Artistic Director, the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Actors From The London Stage, ancillary lectures and events, and library collections. Actors From The London Stage is a national outreach program of Shakespeare at Notre Dame. Shakespeare at Notre Dame’s mission is to become the pre-eminent venue for the study and performance of the works of Shakespeare, providing Notre Dame and the wider community an on-campus culture steeped in the works of William Shakespeare — both on the page and on the stage.

Contact: Chuck Gessert, audience development manager, Shakespeare at Notre Dame, 574-631-3777,