|ASP Neighborhood Projects | Cambridge | 2007
Actors' Shakespeare Project (ASP) passionately believes that Shakespeare's work is deeply relevant to the issues and themes of modern life and strives to make those connections apparent, often performing in unusual venues for nontraditional audiences. In 2006, ASP moved into offices in the Cambridge YMCA and opened their work to the male residents of the Central House, the Y's affordable, substance free housing. ASP then expanded this outreach to senior citizens active in the Sunrise Club of the East End House, and to two Salvation Army programs, the Umoja Program for Homeless Men and the Bridging the Gap program for at-risk youth. Actors met with the groups to present a short scene, offer an activity that explored the text and responded to questions. Participants were then given a block of tickets to a performance where the actors were available for a talk-back session after the performance. The organizations that worked with ASP were uniformly delighted to have the chance to offer their constituents such a high caliber artistic experience. The response was positive from both the audience and the actors that the program was to continue.
Funded by the Cambridge Arts Council in 2007
Grant Recipient: Actors' Shakespeare Project, $2,160